Sometimes, the simplest name is the most effective. Just ask D.C. United or LAFC.
But some owners, like those of the recently-announced USL team Las Vegas Lights FC, feel the need to put a little – or a lot – more thought into their team names.
That’s not always for the best.
New Orleans Riverboat Gamblers (1993-98, USISL)
In a cool town with as much history as New Orleans has, it’s easy to get carried away (right, Pelicans?), so we’ll cut the Riverboat Gamblers a bit of slack on this one.
But for a team that employed the likes of Stern John, Jason Kreis and Garth Lagerway and lasted seven seasons in the USISL, you might think a more professional name would have been a preferable way to compete with the Saints. And while a riverboat gambler sounds cool in theory, do you want to go ahead and stick “gambler” right in your team name?
The Riverboat Gamblers eventually changed their...
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