From the Erie BayHawks Web site:
The NBA Development League’s Erie franchise will be called the BayHawks; it was announced today by team President Ron Sertz at a
news conference at the Erie Maritime Museum in front of the U. S. Brig
The BayHawks logo was also unveiled at the event.
“We wanted a name and logo that connected strongly to our hometown,” said Sertz. “The image of the hawk soaring over Erie’s bayfront really hit our target and was the type of powerful image we wanted to create with our fans. I’m very proud of the logo and it’s the first step in establishing our brand in the region.”
“This team is going to be something special for the citizens of Erie,” said Steve Demetriou, the team’s majority owner. “We’re going
to deliver great family entertainment and a high level of competitive
basketball, and we now have a great name and logo to go along with
The BayHawks will begin their inaugural 2008-09 season in November. They will join a professional sports scene in Erie that also includes the SeaWolves (baseball), Otters (hockey) and RiverRats (indoor football).
Duane Rankin of the Erie Times-News:
A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon to announce that Cleveland will have a National Basketball Development League team playing in Erie starting next season.
The Erie Downtown Improvement District sent an invitation to area
businesses to attend a private meeting at the Erie Bayfront Convention Center. A news conference is scheduled to follow the meeting.
The invitation states that Cleveland general manager Danny Ferry and executives from the Cavaliers and Erie County Convention Center Authority are scheduled to be present at the announcement.
A second headline from GoErie.com reads, “Sertz involved with Erie basketball team.” More details are sure to come from the new conference on Tuesday, but Ron Sertz’s involvement seems to make sense and shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise.
In February, Sertz stepped down as director of operations of the Erie Otters after 12 years with the minor league hockey franchise. And prior to that, Sertz stepped down as tournament director of the McDonald’s Classic, a nationally acclaimed high school basketball tournament that just celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. With his basketball pedigree and minor league sports experience, Sertz is as qualified as anyone in the Erie area to make this NBDL franchise a success.
It’ll be interesting to see how the local community supports its first pro basketball team in more than 15 years. The new basketball team will join the SeaWolves (baseball), Otters (hockey) and RiverRats (indoor football) to make Erie a four-sport minor league city, which is a pretty neat feat. Hopefully the teams receive the support they need to stick around.