The return of the Hornets to Charlotte appears to be under way.

The team now known as the Bobcats is working to claim the nickname of Charlotte’s first NBA franchise, reported Friday night. Specifically, the digital domain name was registered on Wednesday by a media arm of the NBA, CBS reported.

Why is that important? The CBS report said that arranging digital assets is important in any name change. Domain names such as and, which also are owned by the NBA, are already in use; they redirect to the official site of the New Orleans Pelicans. The first Hornets franchise moved to New Orleans in 2002 but officially was renamed the Pelicans this month.

The NBA owns the Hornets name, so no wrangling with the Pelicans is needed if the Bobcats want to make the change.

The Bobcats, an expansion team that began play in 2004, were named for former owner Robert Johnson, but the Hornets name is favored in the area—throwback Hornets gear is a common sight.