The Orlando Magic’s D-League affiliate is asking fans to help name its team that will play in Lakeland starting in the 2017-18 season*. Ideas for team names can be submitted at www.OrlandoMagic.com/Lakeland from January 9 - January 20. The first person to submit the selected winning name will receive two season tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 season. In addition, the first 10 people to participate in the contest will receive a pair of opening night tickets for the inaugural 2017-18 Lakeland D-League season.
On Dec. 14, the Orlando Magic and the NBA Development League announced that the Magic purchased the Erie BayHawks with plans to relocate the team to Lakeland, Florida, to begin play during the 2017-18 season. With the purchase, the Magic became the 17th NBA team to own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate.
The franchise, which will be owned and operated by the Orlando Magic, will play its 24 home games at The Lakeland Center. Season ticket deposits for the 2017-18 season are now being accepted by calling 407-447-2210 or logging on to www.OrlandoMagic.com/Lakeland.
The NBA D-League season is made up of 50 regular-season games plus a postseason and runs from November to April.
The league consists of 22 teams for the 2016-17 season: Austin Spurs, Canton Charge, Delaware 87ers, Erie BayHawks, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Grand Rapids Drive, Greensboro Swarm, Iowa Energy, Long Island Nets, Los Angeles D-Fenders, Maine Red Claws, Northern Arizona Suns, Oklahoma City Blue, Raptors 905, Reno Bighorns, Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Salt Lake City Stars, Santa Cruz Warriors, Sioux Falls Skyforce, Texas Legends,Westchester Knicks and Windy City Bulls.
*Contest rules and judging criteria: one entry per person; name must represent the Orlando Magic brand; name must represent the City of Lakeland; name should have long-term sustainability.
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