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    Austin FC

    The sadly-soon-to-be-former Columbus Crew have unveiled their crest:
  2. Putting aside the, uh, merits, of this particular design, I do very much like that the Lakers seem to be taking the city edition gimmick and turning it into their own new tradition to honor past greats. I'm curious to see how they keep it going and represent guys like Kareem, Shaq, Jerry West, etc. visually in the future. And I'd like to see how other teams can use their city editions as more than just a cash grab, to do something unique to spotlight local or team history for a season.
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    Fun With Flags!!!!

    If you're a vexillophile and an NBA fan, New Era's new Tip Off collection is for you: https://www.lids.com/search/nba tip off 59fifty Some of these turned out pretty well! Not sure how they decided whether to use city or state flags, I would've liked to see how some of the California teams in particular would've turned out with their city flags.
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    College athletics identity changes 2018-19

    That's a shame. I've always felt like there was a strong marketing/recruiting opportunity for the Blackbirds in dropping or de-emphasizing the LIU and positioning themselves as just Brooklyn.
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    NBA Changes 2018-19

    The Nets have downgraded their baseline, getting rid of the nice subway mosaic in favor of a generic blocky, athletic typeface that isn't currently part of their identity: I liked the mosaic a lot, and I wish they had done more with it.
  6. I love the art deco look - perfect for Miami. The sun alternate on its own looks like a for-profit scam university logo or for-profit scam rehab center, so perfect for Florida, I guess? The name doesn't bother me too much; at this point, it's just 21st Century MLS. I'm curious to see how they'll abbreviate it. ICF Miami?
  7. The USL has announced a new structure, and unveiled branding for its tiers. Updated corporate logo: Championship (top-level league): League 1 (second-tier): League 2 (third-tier):
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    Papa John(')s new logo

    Weird that they kept the slogan so prominent, or that they even kept it at all, if they're trying to wipe away any trace of their founder.
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    College athletics identity changes 2018-19

    This may or may not have implications for their branding, but Syracuse is expected to announce their next shoe/uniform/apparel deal this fall.
  10. Via UnderConsideration: OLD: NEW: https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/new_logo_and_identity_for_gb_basketball_by_mr_b_friends.php It's kind of amazing to me that they hadn't already had a design incorporating the Union Jack into the seams of the ball. I'd be curious to see how they execute this design in embroidery (coaches' polo shirts, etc.)
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    If I didn't know better, I'd assume they'd been bought by City Football Group:
  12. Not only is it stale, it's not particularly Staten Islandy either. The Pizza Rat was such a uniquely subway phenomenon, and Staten Island, despite its MTA-administered railroad, does not share in the rest of the city's subway culture.
  13. Whoever suggested they lose the lox and onions from the sketch on the bottom right needs to be fired.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    Not a kit, but NYCFC is launching an amateur tournament this summer in the city, and unveiled this logo: I love the idea behind the subway map/ball design, but they puzzlingly mailed the rest of it in.
  15. I stumbled on these two styles of NBA hats made by '47 Brand, most of which have logos I hadn't seen before (and don't seem to appear on most teams' pages on the mothership): https://www.lids.com/47-brand/style_nba-mash-up-47-mvp-cap?page=1 https://www.lids.com/47-brand/style_nba-mash-up-47-clean-up-cap I'm wondering where these logos came from - the league, the teams, the manufacturer? Are they non-canonical? Some of them I kind of like, and they all seem to at least be executed well and with an understanding of the team's overall branding.
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    New(?) Logos on NBA "Mash Up" hats

    Not to be outdone, New Era now has their own collection of hats with alternate logos of their own creation. https://www.lids.com/search/NBA Combo Logo 47's are pretty clearly better across the board.
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    2018/19 Soccer Kits

    New Kingston Stockade kits:
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    Political Logos

    A discussion of the merits of the logos, typefaces, signage, etc. of the candidates for the 2016 United States Presidential election, and not a discussion of the merits of the candidates themselves. -- With the entrance of the first declared candidate for the 2016 Presidential election, we have our first official campaign logo: It is already being compared to an upside-down burning flag, the Tinder logo, and a prison tattoo.
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    New(?) Logos on NBA "Mash Up" hats

    My first thought was of Zephyr's X-Line collection from the early 2000s that made angry, 'roided up versions of college mascots:
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    US Open (tennis) introduces new logo for their 50th!

    I don't think it's too great, but it's infinitely better than the hot mess they've been using for way too long: Flames and a early 2000s bank logo swoosh!
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    Political Logos

    Actress Cynthia Nixon has launched her campaign for Governor of New York, with this logo: Probably a smart move to emphasize her first name, rather than her last...
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    Fun With Flags!!!!

    I'm a Charlottean by marriage, and I've become a fan of the crown over the years I've been visiting. At first, I thought it was kind of dated and corporate, like Uptown Charlotte. But it really grew on me (along with the city) and I appreciate it as an ahead-of-its time, iconic work of urban branding that has and will continue to have longevity. The tourism board rebranded last year, and incorporated a version of the crown into the logos: I think they could definitely do more with the flag - something like the above to give it some contrast or dimension, or a pattern or design added to it would maybe would loosen it up a bit. I totally agree with you about the color of the flag. Charlotteans seem to identify with teal from rooting for the Hornets and Panthers, so maybe this is a tail wags the dog scenario where the city adopts the sports team colors.
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Kits

    This runs up against the problem of using national colors as stripes; you end up evoking the Iranian flag (or North Rhine-Westphalia if you want to get obscure) on the Mexican jersey.
  24. I'd only been following this from the Brooklyn side so I didn't know about his back history with the fans from even before the move. It's hard to blame them for being leery of him after that. I'm still split on whether a perfect union of the Islanders and Brooklyn was ever possible even if some of the decisions had been handled differently. Certainly they messed things up, but it's hard to envision a realistic scenario where it's 2018 and Islanders fans feel at home and Brooklynites are at least beginning to identify with them.
  25. I agree that a portion of the blame should fall on him, and I wish I'd touched on that in my post, as well has the way he phrased his comments to make it seem like it all just passively happened. I'm not sure how much of it was a fundamentally untenable situation with no good solutions, or how much of it was about the strategy he oversaw and executed, but he does need to own it, if for no other reason than that's what people with power/responsibility should do when things go bad. I hope I didn't give off the impression that I resented the Long Island fans at the games or the fun they were having. I've enjoyed the environment they create at the games I've gone to (except on weeknights when people don't make the trip in from the Island and the arena is DEAD except for pockets of visiting fans). For me, it just felt being dropped into a party where I didn't know anyone, and everyone else had been friends for decades and had their own language and common history that was foreign to me. It was fun, but in the way it's fun to go to a game in another city you're visiting. I don't know if pushing Brooklyn harder would've been a more successful strategy for them, and I don't know what it would have even entailed. Who knows if anything would have truly alienated a significant number of Long Island fans, or if they'd eventually get used to and go along with it because it was better than Quebec/Kansas Cities. It takes a long time to build a new fanbase anyway, even if they weren't going up against the the Rangers' generational equity. And very significant portion of the Barclays is not a good place to watch hockey, and that also has to come into play. I also agree about his snark toward the new arena, which gratuitously unconstructive and and unnecessary.