SUPPORTERS of the Cheshire Jets will get to choose a new name for their club on Sunday.
Since the Cheshire franchise was removed from the ownership of Haydn Cook at the end of October, the team has been run by the British Basketball League (BBL) and known simply as Cheshire.
Cook retained ownership of all things relating to the Jets brand – including assets, logos, branding, kits and summer training camps – but this week sold the rights to a Chester-based sports agency called HarvardGlobal.
It means the existing Cheshire franchise, which fans are currently trying to rescue, needs a new name.
At this Sunday’s rearranged match against Manchester Giants at the Northgate Arena (5.30pm tip-off), fans will be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite name.
Andrew Donaldson, of the Save the Jets steering group, is refusing to allow the loss of the Jets brand to hold up the progress being made.
“We are not allowing this to distract us,” he said. “The club does not belong to a company with a name. It belongs to the fans and they will decide who we are going forward.”
HarvardGlobal has not returned The Chronicle’s calls this week.
On its website, HarvardGlobal’s managing partner Frank Bell says: “We are pleased to announce that HarvardGlobal has secured the rights to one of the best known professional basketball teams in the UK, the Cheshire Jets.”
Bell added that the move would ensure the name of the Jets will ‘remain in the minds’ of the club’s ‘loyal and loving’ fans.
To support the Save the Jets campaign, visit @SavetheJets on Twitter, go to www.facebook.com/savejetsbasketball on Facebook or visit www.savethejets.co.uk, where you can also donate via Paypal to the fighting fund.