Reno Unveils Name And Logo For NBA D-League Team

Reno, Nev., July 31, 2008 – The NBA Development League’s Reno team, which is set to begin play in 2008-09, today announced it would be known as the Bighorns. Team owner David Kahn and Chief Operating Officer Tony Funderburg were on hand for the announcement of the name and unveiling of both primary and secondary logos for the Bighorns. The announcement took place at Reno’s Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in coordination with the Northern Nevada Chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Named for Nevada’s state animal, the team’s logo consists of the bust of a bighorn sheep, with massive curled horns, gazing into the distance. “Reno Bighorns” is emblazoned below that image. The logo colors of blue, green, tan and white were chosen to reflect the colors of the Lake Tahoe area.

“The name Bighorns was by far the No. 1 choice of our fans and, we think, is a name that is synonymous with the region,” said Kahn. “We’re thrilled to represent such a vibrant and diverse community and provide affordable entertainment for all walks of life. The Bighorns will have big action – but little prices for tickets.”

The team also announced that it will donate 250 hours of service to Big Brothers Big Sisters and a cash donation for the 2008-09 season. Pat Fling, President/CEO of the Northern Nevada chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters, was on hand for the joint announcement. Through the relationship, the Bighorns will work with Big Brothers Big Sisters to enrich the Reno/Tahoe community through their service.

“I am delighted that the new NBA D-League Reno team is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Fling. “This will help us as we are changing the way children grow up in Northern Nevada. They have been great to work with and we appreciate their interest in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Reno is one of two new expansion markets, along with Erie, Pa., set to begin play in the NBA D-League during the 2008-09 season. The two new teams bring the NBA D-League’s total to 16. Reno will be affiliated with the NBA’s New York Knicks and Sacramento Kings. Both teams can assign their first- and second-year players to their affiliate a maximum of three times per season. The 2007-08 NBA season saw over 30 players assigned from the NBA to the D-League, including over 30 percent of the 2007 NBA Draft class, giving young players a chance to further develop through valuable playing time.

Tickets for Reno D-League games are on sale and can be purchased via its website,, or by calling 775-284-2622. Games will be played at the Reno Events Center.