Team Name: Delaware Blue Coats
City: Wilmington, DE
NBA Affiliate: Philadelphia 76ers
Year Founded: 2007
Former Franchise Names: Utah Flash, Delaware 87ers
History of the Delaware Blue Coats
Initially established as an NBA affiliate for the Utah Jazz in 2007, the franchise relocated to Delaware in 2013. As the 87ers, the new team name was chosen to represent 1787, the year which Delaware became the first state to ratify the United States Constitution, akin to the namesake of the parent Philadelphia 76ers franchise.
By 2018, the team again rebranded to become the Blue Coats, maintaining a more subtle nod to Delaware history as a nickname reference to the 1st Delaware Regiment during the American Revolution.
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