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  1. That's not entirely true, is it? Many teams in the Premier League have knicknames that are effectively part of their branding. - Gunners (for Arsenal, a London-based team named after a facility, not a city/neighborhood/geo) - Blues - Spurs etc. The one thing that frustrates me about European football branding conventions is not the name, however. It's the lack of control over the kits. Team cede control over the jerseys to their kit manufacturers, sponsors, and league. The most distinctive/dominant visual elements of Man U's jersey are the Adidas three stripes, their jersey sponsor logo, and the Premier-specific number font. The Premier League-wide custom font is especially galling, since it makes the clubs look odd when they're playing in other tournaments, including Champions League. The only things that's club-specific are the tiny crest and the primary kit's color. As a casual PL fan, it's really hard for me to tell who's who at a glance.
  2. Bed-Stuy ain't Harlem, the Village, or SoHo, as far as internationally famous neighborhoods go. But it has definitely had more of a presence in American pop culture than most neighborhoods in most cities. Do The Right Thing probably did more to put Bed-Stuy on the map than Biggie did. Of course, I doubt the Nets will ever do any Spike-influenced branding, seeing as he's so associated with the Knicks.
  3. AKA the official jersey of this website.
  4. How is that a "NASA" font if it doesn't mimic the "N" from "NASA"? It's the one letter where they'd have a clear reference point.
  5. +1. The Brooklyn wordmark feels far more authentic. More importantly, it feels like an organic extension of their hip hop-infused brand. Dallas, on the other hand, hasn't emphasized anything hip hop-related in their branding in quite a while -- since the Diddy alt (which was itself an anomaly). Hip hop culture is an odd choice for Dallas, anyway, seeing as Dallas isn't exactly known for being a center for that culture. Famous/significant hip hop artists from Dallas include...the D.O.C.? Is that the list?
  6. That Peachtree uni would look better if it were peach with black/white trim.
  7. I think the Shelby stripes could work with the right color scheme. Not with the G'Town Hoyas' colors, though.
  8. Oh, of course the visual identity, font choice, etc., was based on the subway. And the stark minimalism of the primary unis hearken to an era earlier than that. But the Nets' *brand* extends beyond its visual identity. And the music, marketing, vibe, in-game experience, social media presence, etc., merch, etc., have all been heavily influenced by '80s and '90s hip hop -- and has helped define how the visual identity is both used and received. Their introductory "Hello Brooklyn" tag comes from the Beastie Boys, as appropriated by Jay Z. Notable mixtape DJ J Period was (is?) the in-arena DJ. Games featured a heavy dose of hip hop -- and not just superstars like Biggie and Jay, but Brooklyn-based groups like Gangstarr who didn't really crossover to the pop charts. And, of course, we have the Coogi-inspired alts. Some of the initial reactions to the Nets rebrand was that it was *too* hip hop -- despite the fact that the visual identity and uniform was decidely classic. E.g., https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/the_brooklyn_nets_i_call_technical_foul.php
  9. Didn't see your more recent post. I don't think it's as cynical as you make it out to be. All brands position themselves using external reference points. The Clippers aren't asserting that -- at least, nowhere I've seen.
  10. To clarify: the Clippers' alts aren't marketing to Compton; the Clippers are marketing "Compton" to their broader fan base. That is, they're marketing nostalgia for late '80s/early '90s Black/Latinx LA -- edgy enough to be cool; yet a distant enough memory to not represent a present threat. And that's fine. As a "little brother" team, they're looking for a brand differentiator. And they're not the first little brother team to dip into hip hop culture to do it. Cf. the White Sox's shift to the Black caps, just in time for hip hop heads and poseurs of the era to add it to their collection of Raiders caps. And, of course, the Nets' entire brand is built around '90s Brooklyn hip-hop.
  11. Stop the violence, make a change. We're all in the same gang.
  12. I'm definitely pro-Saracens. Lovely family. Matt wasn't much of a QB1 -- he spent most of the time handing off to Smash and Riggins -- but he stepped up when he had to. Good kid. Granny was sweet, too.
  13. I know the "E" is intended to be the distinctive element, but the "O" draws my eye because it reminds me of Obama's "O."