The “Tridents” has emerged as the frontrunner for the new Tasmanian NBL team after five names were released last week.
Controversy reigned when the NBL announced a shortlist of names for Tasmania’s return to the league in the 2021-2022 season.
The likes of Jackjumpers, Timbers, Pride and Mountaineers all copped criticism, but Tridents seems to be the most popular pick.
NBL Tasmania Advisory Board Member and former Tasmanian premier, David Bartlett, would like to see Tridents given the green light as the team’s name.
“I’m a very big supporter of Tridents,” Bartlett said.
“The thing that I learnt out of running the Hobart Chargers back in NBL1 and SEABL is that you have to put a face to the club for the kids.
“The mascot has to have a face and I don’t believe that mountaineers or timbers works in that respect.
“But that Neptune face would be an awesome mascot and the trident works because it has the three regions of north, northwest and south.
“The three would never come together, expect for if they are in a trident as one weapon to rule them all.”
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Bartlett believes the new Tasmanian team can model the Trident logo on the recent launch of new NHL hockey team, the Seattle Kraken.
Seattle are basing their return for the 2021-22 NHL season on a Kraken – a legendary sea monster of gigantic size in Scandinavian folklore.
Bartlett can see similarities between Seattle’s campaign and a potential advertisement with the Tridents for Tasmania.
“I’ve been to Seattle a couple of times and it reminds me of a big Hobart,” he said.
“It is on the ocean and has that bleak feeling to it sometimes in the weather.
“I think a piece of branding like that with the Tridents would work. Tasmania with the wild Southern Ocean and it is all about ocean borders and rising up from the sea.
“Stay united as one weapon is a really powerful thing and a beautiful branding story so people can understand what the club is all about.”
The NBL in conjunction with officials of the new Tasmanian franchise will determine the new team name.
A name on the current shortlist will drop off every week, starting this week, before the final name is left standing.
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