Mac the Knife

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Mac the Knife last won the day on October 23 2014

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  1. With soccer though you can get away with similar names because of European club traditions. It's not imaginative, but it's also not seen as problematic as generally (with the exception of Manchester United, perhaps) teams aren't referred to as "the United," "Sporting," etc. Seattle's fight with respect to the Sounders name wasn't with MLS, it was with their own fans; initially if I remember right (and admittedly, I may not) they didn't want to use "Sounders," but the feedback they got from fans was loud and clear: they wanted the name back.
  2. North American Pro Soccer 2018

    I can't envision Raleigh dropping from NASL to a D3 league in just two years time. The MLS bid was a pipe dream and while it's pretty much dead, moving down just a few years after trying to move up seems unlikely. I really hope they can keep the team in Columbus. The NHL now requires new incoming owners to make a 7 year minimum commitment to keep the team in its existing location; MLS should adopt a similar requirement.
  3. The only one I can't speak for with certainty is MLS, for the reasons mentioned earlier. In all the other cases though, there is nothing legislatively that prevents it. It's a moot point perhaps, as in this day and age no one in their right mind would try it - the "Devil Rays" to "Rays" rebrand was what led me to look into it back when it was announced; I think full blown rebranding (new name and identity) is a bad idea unless you have a compelling reason to do it such as franchise relocation (Washington Senators to Texas Rangers) or public pressure is being applied (Redskins, Indians, etc.) But MJ, I'll argue that premise with you, for sake of argument if nothing else. Owners don't know what works with respect to branding. They think they know what will sell more swag. And in the short term? They're right. But over an extended period of time, history has demonstrated a lot of those choices to be bad. For example, does anyone think that if Toronto were granted an NBA expansion team to start play in 2015 rather than 1995, they'd go with "Raptors" as a name? If not for a minority owner by the name of David Gerstein who had the good sense to stop it, the Nets would've been rebranded the New Jersey Swamp Dragons. Ostensibly as a partnership among its teams and their operators, league control of brands and marks, whether originating from the its governing documents or just as a traditional practice, is a good idea.
  4. In MLB I could see where that could be an implied power... the Major League Constitution and the way its organizational structure is set up, the Office of the Commissioner has powers that could be really, really broadly interpreted. But there's nothing in the document itself that legislates it one way or the other. I can't disagree with you regarding MLS either, but that's more a "marks control" issue than a "can they rebrand at all" question. The LLC Agreement references what are essentially individual franchise agreements in its language, making it possible that team operators had to give up brand control; but in the master documents there's no mention of it. That must've been an edict of the expansion committee specific to the process then. There's nothing in the NFL Constitution and Bylaws, or their subordinate resolutions (side note: the NFL needs to seriously overhaul their governing documents, compiling everything into one master document; as it is, it's a mess) that establish any hard, fast restrictions. FWIW, I'm all in favor of the leagues controlling branding, across the board and without exception. I think it's imperative from a licensing/merchandising standpoint, and that if anything the process of naming teams should be reversed: with the leagues telling prospective franchise owners, "These are the options for a name... these are options for identities we've developed for these names... pick a name, then pick the marks, then cut us the check for $800 million for your franchise."
  5. I'm speaking in a legal sense, Goth. There is nothing - not one word - in the Major League Constitution, or the Constitution and Bylaws of the NBA, NFL or NHL, nor the LLC Agreement of Major League Soccer, that legislates them such authority. I realize it exists in practice and that the properties divisions of the various leagues hold big sway. But if Mark Davis were to go off his nut and decide that the Oakland Raiders are gonna be rebranded as the Las Vegas Blackjacks once they move? The league can (and should) dissuade, but not lawfully prevent.
  6. American Volleyball Associaton - Brooklyn

    I love what you did with this. The only suggestion I'dve made would be to figure out a way to vertically stack the "VM" rather than do it horizontally. That and maybe having a flamingo mascot. The primary needs an accent color to make it pop, but you're right about the name: the NBA should've used it when the Nets moved. Alternately, I always thought a Los Angeles-based team could get some mileage out of calling themselves the "Hollywood Knights."
  7. Football and CTE

    Yeah, they are. No matter how entertaining a sport is, people tend to shy away from it once evidence that its participants are getting their brains scrambled for their amusement. It's a reason why boxing went from top-tier sports property to comparatively non-existent. It's why UFC's overall profile has dropped like a stone in just the past five years. And it's why the NFL is on a slow march toward a similar fate.
  8. Barack and Michelle Obama's Official Portraits

    I know it's hard to land tickets at Wrigley nowadays, but c'mon...
  9. The New XFL

    I can't answer the former though I suppose people here would give it at least a look. The Skyhawks meanwhile didn't draw flies. But that was decades ago and the Raleigh market's considerably larger now, so a team could at least in theory draw 25,000 - 35,000.
  10. The XFL may be making a comeback

    A little nugget for thought, one which I discovered this weekend while going through the one (and only) piece of XFL memorabilia I have. In the original version of the standard XFL player contract, there was language basically stipulating everything that people are either crediting/discrediting McMahon for with the planned 2020 version, including a clause (i) certifying that the player signing it didn't have any type of criminal record, and (ii) voiding the contract if the player were convicted of any crime for which imprisonment was a possible result. So at least in this respect? He'll be doing nothing differently than was the case 20 years before; it's just being viewed in a different light today than it was then.
  11. 2017 Miami Dolphins Creative

    I understand where BMA and his colleagues are coming from - while there's a lot of mileage that can be traveled with the Dolphins early years, Shula, Griese, Marino, Csonka, etc., there are Dolphins fans I know who consider that history irrelevant; what's relevant is what the team is doing right now. This same sentiment exists in Cleveland: "That's great, but the team hasn't done :censored: in years." Consequently the overall branding strategy has to be more than history. Especially with NFL fans and the XFL on the way, the Dolphins brand needs to look more toward the future than the past. Nonetheless it has to mix a lot of old in with the new, which makes the process a challenge to be sure. As for the uniforms, I agree with most here that the Dolphins should go back to the 1970's with their look - without a single deviation, in fact. At least one team in Florida should look really good on the field, and at least one should present itself with a consistent, good look that spans generations. The Buccaneers took a bad identity (Bucco Bruce) and made it retro, then took an excellent, modern look and screwed it up. The Jaguars have save their original uniform set always looked horrible. But given the team's current performance and overall identity program, BMA and his colleagues are doing good work here. Very good.
  12. PyeongChang 2018

    I'm watching mixed doubles curling. USA v China. The American insists on wearing a red hat; he wore it last night as well. His teammate/sister looks like she'd be more likely to bench-press a Buick compared to everyone else on the ice. USA USA USA.
  13. Here's something I'd like someone to explain to me... having read the governing documents of the FA, the EPL and the rest of the league system (I don't follow the sport all the way down to League Two, but I know generally how it's governed), I wonder how it is that the FA wields power to the extent that they can halt a team's rebranding in its proverbial tracks. The North American sports leagues are far more rigid in terms of their overall regimentation, but nothing but tradition, good taste and a waiting period long enough to unload otherwise outdated merchandise precludes the Philadelphia Eagles from becoming the Philadelphia Cyborg, the New York Yankees from becoming B.C. New York, the Boston Bruins from becoming the Bay State Bear Cubs or the Los Angeles Dodgers from becoming the California Fault Lines. How is it that the FA in this case has a power that North American leagues lack?
  14. The XFL may be making a comeback

    65 million people does not a niche make. If McMahon can turn a third of those into regular XFL fans? He's succeeded. I'm not saying he can do it. But in a nation of 320 million (or whatever the actual number is) Americans, at a time when 1/5th of that number can get you elected president (popular vote win or not)? 1/30th of that number as a consistent, even cumulative weekly television rating, would translate into a billion a year in television revenue come 2023.
  15. The XFL may be making a comeback

    We have a man who won a four year job as President of the United States doing the same thing.