May 15th

1994 – Toronto Raptors unveiled as team name

On this day in dinosaurs, Canadian national television announced the selection of the Toronto Raptors as the name of the NBA expansion team to begin competing in 1995.


The name was chosen from a shortlist of 11 franchise name candidates (which also included T. rex). Ultimately, the success of Jurassic Park the previous year helped to put Raptors over the top and give Toronto the inspiration to name their professional basketball team after a dinosaur.

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