Let's settle down on the qualifications.
Here's source article: LINK
The title of the thread here on TD differs, perhaps significantly, from the Yahoo title.
Hornets expect to change name to Pelicans
"The New Orleans Hornets are expected to change their nickname to the Pelicans as early as the 2013-14 season, numerous sources told Yahoo! Sports."
So, there's an expectation. This is a strong statement, but it's never been in stone.
The way I read it, this is decision unless something derails it. Will this backlash persist and make a `dent'? Who knows?
With the 5 possible names, 3 of which likely appear in this article, there's room for things to happen.
More has been said, but Mrs. Gayle's description of the colors and how they changed could point to a process at it's end that is not yet formalized.
So, maybe there are just mulling things over or maybe this is more like they are `engaged' to Pelicans and they have to wait for the formal procedure and party, or the `wedding', to the name. It's hard to tell.
We should continue to keep our eyes on it, by all means.