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Would Mississippi Gulf Coast Support Hornets In New Orleans?

The Charlotte Hornets started a season ticket drive in New Orleans on Wednesday.

The basketball team needs to sell 10,500 tickets and 54 luxury suites by March 15th so its lease with the New Orleans can become official. If the Hornets move to the Big Easy, there may be a chance for Coast businesses to support the NBA team.

"There may be," Joe Billhimer, general manager of one Coast casino, said. "Right now, we have no real plans to do anything. We'll see some prices. And if it makes some sense, we'll do it. But we'd probably rather stick to the local community and the Fire Dogs and the Sea Wolves and all that that's going on here on the Coast."

Fans who want Hornets season tickets must put down a $250 deposit. The money will be refunded if the NBA team does not move to New Orleans.

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