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  1. I don’t know what you mean by “refresh,” but I’d be a hard no on this one. Yes, the gopher does look like a hand drawn cartoon from the 60s, but I don’t consider that a bad thing. In fact, I consider it rather iconic. A refresh or modernization would kill a lot of the charm.
  2. justin23iu

    Miami Marlins 2019 Rebrand

    This looks like a logo the creators of Back To The Future would have made in 1985 for the futuristic Miami baseball team in 2015 if they would have known the name was going to be the Marlins.
  3. justin23iu

    Memorial Day 2018: MLB Wearing Green and Camo This Weekend

    I don’t even know if I can put in to words why exactly I hate this so much, but I’ll try. I went to the Cubs-Giants game last night, and part of the experience I love about going to games is seeing team colors pop, as odd as that might sound. With baseball being such a part of the fabric of America, it would actually feel more patriotic to see teams in their regular colors. It actually dampened the experience a little bit to have such a beautiful night on a holiday weekend and to see these teams in generic looking camo uniforms. Also, while I believe I’ve heard that money made from sales of these uniforms is donated to veteran charities, the commercialization of Memorial Day is gross, and these uniforms play into it.
  4. justin23iu

    Fort Wayne TinCaps complete uniform unveil

    I live in Fort Wayne, and yes it’s frequently referred to as “The Fort.” You can’t tell in the images here, but the jerseys do say “The Fort.” Anyway, these are serious downgrades, IMO. But, still a fantastic downtown ballpark and an awesome experience in our humble city.
  5. justin23iu

    NBA Changes 2017-18

    Just guessing here, but I would imagine it’s part of the agreement with the regular jersey sponsors. You won’t be included on all-star jerseys, but we also won’t replace you with anything else. I could see how an advertiser would want that commitment so as not to devalue their sponsorship.
  6. justin23iu

    Las Vegas NHL Expansion

    LOL, not much to learn from the team hiring a president under that name? Are you kidding. Tell ya what, if the team is called something else, I'll buy the first hat they release and eat it. I'll film it and post the video in this thread.
  7. justin23iu

    Las Vegas NHL Expansion

    It's the Black Knights. I work in the sports industry and saw this post this morning by a major search firm: http://turnkeysearch.com/2016/07/28/black-knight-sports-and-entertainment-president/
  8. justin23iu

    Michigan to Jordan Brand

    I know it's been almost a year since this comment, but I'm just now seeing it so I wanted to weigh in. I worked for the Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets for almost 3 years. I was fortunate enough to be around Mr. Jordan dozens of times, including several social settings. While I can't claim to know him well, I can tell you that my experiences were always outstanding. I'm not sure what makes him "seem like a douche," but he couldn't possibly be more gracious with his employees. Contrary to popular belief, he's actually one of the most connected and engaged owners in the NBA, which is remarkable given his status as a player. It must be tough to live in the public eye all the time where random people can just judge you as a "douche" without even knowing you.
  9. justin23iu

    NFL Changes - 2016

    My first thought: I really like it. Now I need to head to the forums to read why I should hate it. Mission accomplished.
  10. justin23iu

    MLB 2016 Changes

    I've heard this forever, but any idea how old this rule is? When the Sixers changed from the Iverson set to their fauxbacks in '10 or '11, they brought back the ball logo directly from the vault (though it was placed inside a square for the primary logo, it was used unaltered for the secondary.) Didn't someone with the Charlotte Hornets explicitly state that they could not have used the old logo under league rules? I found this on the Hornets' website, in their uniform FAQ, dated June 19, 2014: Why not just bring back the original Hornets jerseys? Like with the logos, NBA regulations do not allow us to simply use the original uniforms. We had to make changes and updates. Is it possible that had more to do with the New Orleans franchise still maintaining some of the rights to the older logos? I work in the Hornets front office. The answer is no.
  11. NBA employee here. While you're right that completely different designs, most teams actually have 2 courts. The Charlotte Hornets, for instance, have a "local TV" court and a "national TV court." The only difference is sponsor names in the aprons, but they are entirely different courts. Of course, they haven't had a national TV game since the rebrand, so no one would notice this.
  12. justin23iu

    Charlotte Hornets?

    It's so annoying how every thread here gets hijacked. Someone makes an offhanded, off-topic remark and the floodgates open. Is there any way to keep this to Hornets related news/comments only?
  13. justin23iu

    Charlotte Hornets?

    So basically putting their wordmark and their secondary logo together like this? ...and considering they're playing right this minute, who's ready to see this matchup next year: More of like this. That's fine if that's what you would have preferred, but the fact is they couldn't simply do that kind of update because the NBA felt it would be too close to the original logo, which they want to preserve for their Hardwood Classic merchandise. The Hugo we got was as close as the NBA would let the team get to the original logo.
  14. Yes. Just because you haven't heard of it doesn't mean it's not legit. It's very relevant in the industry. Feel free to educate yourself: www.stadiumjourney.com. I just paid 38.99 for a MB Pelicans cap and someone from their front offices decides to come onto the board and be a condescending jerk. I am regretting this decision, and I'm just going to return the cap. I'm thinking a Durham Bulls cap would be appropriate, considering they forced your current employer to change branding, team names and cities 3 times in 3 years in the 90's. Not being condescending at all. But I do put in 70-80 hours of work in a week to put out a product, so of course I'm going to defend it, just like you would probably defend your work. Also, we were founded in 1999 as the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, and have not changed names in that time. There was a minor league team in Myrtle Beach in the 1990s, but that team was unrelated to the Pelicans. I hope you enjoy the hat! ps NatsFan2004...no offense taken! If you ever find yourself in Myrtle Beach and want tickets to a game, feel free to look me up!
  15. We work very hard to turn out a great product, just like any other business. When others dismiss it without really knowing anything about it, I tend to get defensive.