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  1. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    yes, this is why I recognize a new agreement would be needed, perhaps UC wouldn't want any part of it. Sorry for suggesting it, dropping it now.
  2. MLB Changes 2017

    Yeah, I know that wordmark survived a few Padres eras, but I don't miss it one bit. But using that as a base for modernizing the orange trim look would be fantastic. Cap logo sure holds up.
  3. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Right -- I think that's what I meant initially (and vaguely) by "mutually agreeable" -- like I wouldn't expect to FCC to make it to MLS renting a college stadium on a flat fee. But, that stadium is big, soccer-ready (except the turf?), and seems to work very well apart from the revenue thing. And tbh it seems like a waste of resources and money to me to build a new stadium in Cincy or Newport when there's one that's close to MLS-ready right there, and I'd hate to lose out on them making the jump just because of it. Seems like MLS, the team, and UC ought to be able to figure SOMETHING out that's financially and professionally acceptable for pro soccer -- surely they can figure scheduling out around 8 college football games, and as far as I can tell Nippert isn't used for much else?
  4. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I haven't! My understanding from reading is $950,000 per year plus a 7% tax on tickets to Portland? And then Paulson keeps the remaining revenues, and obviously has sunk tons of money into renovating. My "hangup" on Portland is just that the Portland model seems like it's working very well for all parties involved, but also that this model wouldn't be allowed for new teams, as subsequent teams have either had to build a brand-new stadium of their own or play in an existing one they own (not lease from a municipality).
  5. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    Right, the financial part is in order, just at the expense of the product on the field. My point with Cincy is that the stadium is good, the crowds are great (and seemingly sustainable, at this point) -- however I need to say that I misread the news story where I thought the owners were petitioning MLS to allow Nippert to work longterm, but in fact it was just a citizens' group. Owners seem like they want to build a new stadium in Cincinnati or Kentucky regardless. Seems to me like a Portland-type situation might work there, if a rent payment isn't holding Portland back from thriving as a club.
  6. MLB Changes 2017

    The all-blue cap worked for some eras of Atlanta Braves uniforms in the past, but it's never looked good with the current set.
  7. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    I know, that's exactly what I'm saying. How did Portland Timbers get around this?
  8. I would slide Boston into the locks list, if only because Bob Kraft is the "honorary chair" and [six different conspiracy theories redacted]. Probably in place of Kansas City. Otherwise this reads as the most likely list to me, though also I wonder what new projects could spin up in the next few years to make a run at things.
  9. North American Pro Soccer 2017

    It would be very telling re: MLS priorities, if a mutually agreeable FC Cincinnati-Nippert Stadium deal was rejected but an indefinite period of time at Yankee Stadium is just fine.
  10. NBA Changes 2017-18

    The interesting part of this, I guess, is that the Lakers are now in line with everyone else in designating their white jersey. Functionally it won't matter as they'll keep wearing "icon" or whatever as their home while most teams will presumably wear "association" whites. Just a note, and odd to see LAL as the only team that's unveiled two home jerseys so far rather than one of each (how old fashioned of me to categorize jerseys as such, I know).
  11. Can add Brazil's WC14 and Rio 16 to that list too.
  12. Alternate Uniforms Worn Once Or Twice

    I wasn't sure that just wearing different shorts than usual counts for soccer teams ... but anyway, damn, that looks so weird! Wish they'd keep the white shorts around for those games against the likes of Toronto or FC Dallas.
  13. Alternate Uniforms Worn Once Or Twice

    Trying to come up with some MLS examples -- these days teams just usually have specially color printing on their names and numbers for special events, which doesn't count to me. In 1998, when the unis were still pretty bonkers anyway, the New England Revolution wore this beauty. And I can recall a couple mid-00s examples. Toronto FC wore pink for one game, I think it was a breast cancer fundraiser. I swear I recall them wearing a generic blue teamwear kit as an emergency third kid once in their first or second MLS year, but maybe I'm misremembering, can't find any evidence of it. And FC Dallas wore Tigres colors once, I guess because they had/have a partnership: Vancouver Whitecaps had these brown third kits a few years back. I think they were mothballed after just a couple wears. It's too bad, I think they're really nice, especially considering how boring and safe their usual white-and-navy identity is.
  14. MLB Changes 2017

    Oh yeah, we definitely didn't have team specific number fonts. But! We also didn't have nicknames, or any other names on the back. Or cool alternate hats. In fact the hats usually didn't match the jerseys, because the jerseys were reused for so many years -- I didn't know my history at the time, but my mid-90s stints on the Padres and Mariners both involved the then-current hats matched with jerseys in the styles of 10 years prior. My point being that I'd rather the teams do some nods to Little League (the jerseys, modified logo and nicknames seem like enough!) while maintaining a certain level of branding and professionalism. (Plus, I'd be more apt to buy a Mookie jersey if the #50 came in the usual Red Sox font. I love that font.)
  15. MLB Changes 2017

    I'm of two minds here -- it seems like Deadspin jumped the gun on getting pissed about this, and failed to even get a quote from MLB in the original post? I generally like their punchy style but it does get them into trouble here. That said, a history of crappy marketing to women in the sports gear industry primed them for this, and it does seem stupid to launch the entire promotion without women's gear being ready. Maybe they anticipate selling this stuff during the actual weekend and not in the immediate wake of the announcement, I don't know. But the best-case, minimally-sexist explanation still seems like a merchandising coordination failure. Have to imagine the costs are being kept down for these, which helps. I see some teams sharing templates with only different wordmark printing: Cardinals/Angels/Red Sox/Braves/Twins Orioles/Tigers/Giants Blue Jays/Dodgers/Royals/Cubs Padres/Brewers Right there, they've cut the number of base jersey styles they need to produce by 1/3, and the introduction of that generic block font instead of having to churn out custom styles for the teams like the Red Sox and Cubs probably knocks down production styles a little further. The number font thing actually is what bothers me the most out of this whole exercise.