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  1. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    Well, yeah, that's the most important thing. And if Nike sells a team owner on the notion that a cutting-edge uniform (preferably one that will be dated and in need of replacement in 5 years) will sell better than something more conservative, the team owner will jump for it. The only way a team owner will keep Nike "in check" is if their team has a long history with a certain visual identity, and tampering with it too much would reduce sales, in their view.
  2. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    Here's the thing: I don't trust most team owners/front offices to do that, by and large. Most don't have the knowledge or interest in these sorts of things that we do, and plenty of owners get sucked into Nike's marketing BS. Look at the Browns, Titans, Seahawks, and practically all of the NBA - they gave Nike carte blanche when designing those uniforms.
  3. Memorial Day 2018: MLB Wearing Green and Camo This Weekend

    Beyond the fact that they're ugly as hell and completely disregard team colors, I would associate camo with active duty military, or perhaps recent veterans (i.e. Iraq and Afghanistan), not with those who lost their lives in war. Memorial Day is a day to recognize our war dead, with roots in the Civil War. The majority of those war dead never wore camo, and we certainly wouldn't associate camo with them. If you're going to pick a color scheme, go with red/white/blue (though I know they don't because that would infringe on their July 4th uniforms. )
  4. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    Those look like bastardized cricket uniforms. And the pants look like they were stolen from an NFL referee. No thanks. Monochrome uniforms in baseball (other than white and gray, of course) would look terrible for the same reasons that monochrome uniforms in football look terrible. And FWIW, white or grey caps would generally, though not always, look terrible paired with a traditional baseball uniform, as would white socks. Yet the above uniform is pairing a black cap with a black jersey and black pants, and the socks aren't visible at all (I can only hope they were supposed to be red). Brutal. (And on a sheer practical level, that uniform has to be hot AF to play in. Baseball is a summer sport - draping yourself in black is generally not a good idea! Perhaps viable at the college level since they play mostly in the spring, but in the pros? Forget it.)
  5. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    No more than it confirmed the NFL in Portland (which has never even been discussed). If and when there are expansion or relocation discussions, I expect that Nike might push for a team in Portland, but this by no means secures that. I don't foresee MLB expanding until the stadium situations in Oakland and Tampa Bay are fully settled, and the Rays relocating is still very much an open question. (Though I personally think a relocation to Portland is in their best interest, I have no clue how their ownership feels about that.) Will Nike try to put their finger on the scale and quietly push for a Rays relocation to Portland? It wouldn't surprise me, but they are far from the biggest player in the room on that question. Ultimately, Rays' ownership, the Commissioner's Office, and the Cities of Portland and Tampa will have much greater sway than Nike. If the City of Portland doesn't provide an attractive ballpark financing arrangement (which is always a huge question mark in super-liberal West Coast cities), all the pressure in the world from Nike won't help in terms of getting a team in Portland.
  6. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    But will Nike's "crazy" be different from Under Armour's "crazy," or Majestic's "crazy"? If so - and it undoubtedly is - then the manufacturer matters. No, Nike will not make the Yankees look like Oregon. But Nike will be redesigning at least a few teams' uniforms, and designing a whole ton of alternates. Even if the teams have final approval over said designs, the designer absolutely matters. That's where this change is significant.
  7. KC Royals Show Off 2018 Turn Ahead the Clock Uniforms

    They've been going in that direction for awhile. Would not be surprised to see a gold outline added around the wordmark and numbers at some point in the future.
  8. Report: Nike to Take Over MLB Uniforms in 2020

    Thanks for merging topics right as I'm submitting a reply, causing my reply to be lost in the abyss. I fully expect a couple teams to get the full 'Nike treatment,' and a few others to get completely off-the-wall alternates. It's happened with every contract Nike has won so far. A team looking to rebrand, or at the very least looking to juice merchandise sales, might jump at the chance for Nike designers to unveil something 'trendy' and 'exciting' and 'cutting edge.' The Diamondbacks are almost certainly the prime candidate (though that might actually be an upgrade over their current duds), and I can see the Rays or Marlins jumping at it as well (keep in mind, as much as Jeter seems like a traditionalist, he's also a longtime Nike/Jordan guy). There's usually one or two surprises as well (who saw the Browns coming?). Will baseball have a league-wide set of crazy alternates, a la the NBA and NFL? We'll see - I'd expect some sort of league-wide set of alternates (maybe with a few hold outs - Yankees, Dodgers, Cardinals, Tigers, etc.), but I wouldn't expect them to be quite as 'out there' as Color Rush or as the myriad of bizarre NBA alts. No question that alts will be branded league-wide, similar to Color Rush or City jerseys, but that may simply include existing alts.
  9. Sports Business Daily reporting that Nike will in fact land MLB's on-field uniform rights starting in 2020, swooping in after Under Armour's financial problems tanked the original MLB/UA deal: https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2018/05/24/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/MLB-Nike.aspx No word yet on whether the swoosh would appear on the front of MLB uniforms (as was the plan with UA's logo). But either way, if true, this is gigantic news.
  10. Players in the "wrong" uniforms

    Sure that's not this guy?
  11. Failed Franchise Expansion & Relocations

    Honestly, I think it was way less about Balsillie, and way more about Hamilton. It would be the smallest Canadian market, it's a stone's throw from two existing NHL markets, and it's overwhelmingly Leafs fans. You'd be trying to build a following in the middle of the territory of an extraordinarily dedicated and large fanbase. We saw how long it took the Devils to build a fanbase, and the Rangers aren't far-and-away the most popular sports team in the region, like the Leafs are. (And keep in mind that a Hamilton team likely wouldn't have the benefit of winning 3 Stanley Cups in their first 25 years.) And I don't think Hamilton has a large corporate base to drive advertising and luxury suite revenue. It's just not a very desirable market for the NHL, frankly. Quebec City has a ready-made arena and built-in fanbase, and Southern/Western cities have considerably larger corporate bases. Hamilton falls a bit short in almost any metric possible.
  12. New Best Buy logo

    Strange, I thought for sure this was going to be Best Buy's next logo:
  13. Unpopular Opinions

    I think you're right - Getty Images had that marked as a 2017 image, but looking at it closely, I'm guessing it's from December 2015 against the Titans. That's definitely the pre-2017 template. Much better, though still a tiny bit off from the pre-Nike Jets' shade of green:
  14. Unpopular Opinions

    It has definitely gotten a bit better, but it's still pretty damn bad. That above picture I posted (repeated below) is from 2017. It's probably the worst example of unintentional Irish rainbow I've seen from this past season, but there's no reason that this should ever happen:
  15. Unpopular Opinions

    Had forgotten that, but you're right. The Packers would probably have the same drab colors and mismatched panels as the Jets had they moved to the Nike sets. I don't think I've ever seen a manufacturer butcher an existing uniform quite the way that Nike did with the Jets. Not talking about rolling out a poor new design, a la the Browns - I mean butchering the simple manufacturing of a uniform. The Jets have to have the sloppiest looking uniform in all of sports right now - the mismatching panels and completely incorrect shades of green look like a cheap Chinese knock-off of a professional uniform. There's flaws in the Nike template that are present on most/all NFL teams, but for some reason, they just cannot get the Jets' green uniforms right. And worse yet, other manufacturers had no problem with it for a decade+ beforehand. It's unbelievable.