Hornets owner Tom Benson is changing his team's nickname to the Pelicans and said the switch will create a bond with the city that could lead to a championship.
Hornets owner Tom Benson has said since buying the NBA club last spring that he wanted a new name representing New Orleans and Louisiana.
The Saints coach returned to work Wednesday following a nearly yearlong suspension for his role in the team's bounty program with some catching up to do.
Before last year's game in Indianapolis, the AFC champion Patriots arrived first, followed a day later by the NFC champion Giants.
The decision allows Sean Payton to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile on Saturday where some of the top college players available for the draft will be competing.
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