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Name game: Sports teams wrestle with getting right nickname

What's in a name? When it comes to a pro sports team, quite a bit.

With an NHL expansion franchise expected to begin play in Las Vegas during the 2017-18 season, speculation is already beginning to swirl about what the team will be called.

Black Knights keeps coming up because the Vegas expansion bid is run by a company called Black Knight Sports and Entertainment, the same name as prospective owner Bill Foley's financial services company. Foley graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which calls its sports teams the Black Knights.

With that in mind, here is a rundown of some recent nicknaming decisions and some of the factors that were at play.