Phone-in poll set to decide team's name Ravens is favored in Sundial survey beginning tomorrow

Announcement due Friday

Modell: It's 'good way for all to get involved'

March 27, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

It's time to play name that team.

The Baltimore Sun will conduct a phone-in poll beginning tomorrow morning, with the three possible names for Baltimore's new football team, and the final results compiled Friday morning will determine the eventual name, according to David Modell, team vice president and head of marketing.

Ravens has emerged as the Baltimore NFL team's likely name -- but team officials want to put the three names -- Ravens, Marauders and Americans -- to one final test before the fans.

Baltimore officials will announce the team name at a noon news conference Friday at Harborplace.

"This is a good way for all of Baltimore to get involved in the selection process, for the fans to help us," said Baltimore owner Art Modell.

The votes will be surveyed through a Sundial poll beginning tomorrow morning at 3, and concluding at 10 the next morning.

Voting instructions and phone numbers will be in tomorrow's editions of The Sun. Ravens was the overwhelming favorite in a 1993 write-in poll by The Sun.

Ravens refers to a poem written by Edgar Allan Poe, who lived and is buried in Baltimore. The American was a type of locomotive built in Baltimore, where the nation's railroad industry was born. Marauders refers to a medium-weight bomber, also known as the B-26, built in Baltimore by the thousands before and during World War II.

Those three were from a group that included such names as Mustangs, Bulldogs and Bombers. Mustangs lost support among focus groups because it was too similar to previous names here: the NFL Colts and Canadian Football League Stallions.

One focus group believed Bulldogs sounded too much like a high school team, and several team officials thought the club needed to get away from its "Dawg Pound" and Ohio affiliations.

Bombers, the name trademarked for Baltimore had it won an expansion team in 1993, has fallen out of contention because of its association with violence and terrorism.

Pub Date: 3/27/96

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