And saying "you didn't poll EVERYONE" is like putting your head in the sand. The name clearly has not had the effect Tom Benson would have wanted. People are laughing at the name and sports radio across the country (at least in San Francisco, NY and Chicago) started the day with the topic of "What are other terrible sports nicknames?" Will this change over time? Sure it can, but to sit here and argue that the name is a "smart" choice would be foolhardy. Has Bobcats been a good choice in names? No -- you'd have to be deaf, blind, and dumb to think that rebrand worked. Maybe over a longer period of time, but not right now.
And there's no right or wrong here. For every reversal in decision, there's also been a decision laced in stubbornness that has worked. Steve Jobs didn't believe in surveys or focus groups because he believed he knew better and 'regular' people have no vision.
But there's also GAP who changed logos for what seemed like a day before they said "oops, sorry, going back to our old one since y'all clearly don't like it." Coke has done it as well. So there's no right or wrong way to go about it.
At the end of the day, everyone needs to realize that the other side has a point. We need to wait and see (like Smirk has said) but we shouldn't just think any choice is great because we know of a few people who like it (when most clearly think its laughable).