The Sixers' new ownership decided pretty early on that Hip Hop was going to be no more. That was backed up by overwhelmingly negative reaction from fans.
The team announced the move 2 weeks ago, saying it had hired Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Raymond Entertainment Group, founded by Dave Raymond, the former Phillie Phanatic.
The owners wanted to go with a colonial theme, but realized there is not an obvious tie-in with the 76ers name. They also wanted to stress an element of Ben Franklin.