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MISSOULA — Fans of the Missoula Osprey will have to wait a little longer to find out the team's nickname decision.

Back in January, the O's solicited new ideas for the 2020 season. The feedback from the community was tremendous and the team had previously planned to announce its decision in early September.

That has changed. Team officials want new merchandise to be readily available, so they're going to make the announcement in early November.

"We are going to unveil a brand that's exciting for Missoula and we're going to do it on November 4," O's executive vice president Matt Ellis said. "We're in the process of making sure we do it right.

"Everybody is anxious to see what we're going to do."

Back in October, Mike and Judy Ellis, majority stakeholders in the Osprey since they moved the Lethbridge Black Diamonds to Missoula 20 years ago, announced they were selling the club to Peter Davis and Susan Crampton Davis of Seattle.

Peter Davis was managing director of the Intiman Theater in Seattle for 10 years before taking over Gaco Western, a manufacturing firm his father founded in 1955. The Davises sold Gaco Western in 2018 after 22 years.

Peter Davis has been a fixture at Osprey games this season. The O's are currently tied with the Billings Mustangs for first place in the Pioneer League North second-half standings with a record of 6-3.

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Bill Speltz is in his 13th year as Missoulian Sports Columnist. He also guides the sports dept., scheduling day-to-day coverage. Do you have a story idea? Email Bill at bill.speltz@missoulian.com.

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