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  1. Yes, I'm sure delivering amusing aphorisms about how to tell an offensive lineman from a defensive lineman - in Esperanto, no less - marks you as the Noel Coward of the New York Dragons Appreciation Society.
  2. Oak View Group has filed three more trademark applications with the USPTO that are related to their planned Palm Springs-based American Hockey League affiliate for NHL Seattle. The list of six proposed team identities now includes (new filings in bold print): Palm Springs Dragons (filed 8/15/19) Palm Springs Falcons (filed 8/15/19) Palm Springs Sun (filed 8/15/19) Palm Springs Eagles (filed 8/14/19) Palm Springs Hawks (filed 8/14/19) Palm Springs Firebirds (filed 8/9/19)
  3. Rumor has it, Cassie Cooper - a hostess from the P. F. Chang's in Walnut Creek, California - is in possession of a Kids Menu/Coloring Page upon which Mark Davis has scrawled a codicil to his will - in crayon, mind you - that bequeaths the Raiders to her.
  4. That is a pretty uninspiring list of team names that Alpha Entertainment reportedly registered with the USPTO. Based upon what they were considering, I'd have probably ultimately unveiled... Eastern Conference DC Sentinels New York Gothams St. Louis Archers Tampa Bay Vipers Western Conference Dallas Lobos Houston Roughnecks Los Angeles Legion Seattle Dragons
  5. The person who claimed responsibility for designing the logos flanking the actual Washington Capitals mark up-thread, subsequently filed a lawsuit against the team's ownership. Said suit alleged that, over the course of several years, he'd created and made available to the Washington Capitals various designs for a team logo (including the two designs pictured above). Because he felt that the logo prototypes that he'd submitted, unsolicited, to the NHL franchise contained "several protectable elements" from a design standpoint, and because the Washington Capitals' Eagle-and-Capitol logo was a "substantially similar work" to his designs, he filed suit for copyright infringement.
  6. Bingo! While a Boise-based American Hockey League affiliate would have been more conveniently located in relation to its NHL Seattle parent-club, its distance from the markets of other AHL Pacific Division opponents would have been significant in terms of the time and expense necessary to travel to them for games. Certainly greater than the distance, time, and expense involved in traveling to the markets of divisional opponents from the proposed Palm Springs arena site. The proposed Palm Springs arena site to the arenas in...Ontario, CA = 68 milesSan Diego, CA = 127 milesBakersfield, CA = 216 milesTucson, AZ = 381 miles Stockton, CA = 444 milesSan Jose, CA = 446 milesLoveland, CO = 1,025 miles Boise arena to arenas in...Stockton, CA = 604 miles San Jose, CA = 673 miles Loveland, CO = 765 milesBakersfield, CA = 802 milesOntario, CA = 827 milesSan Diego, CA = 929 milesTucson, AZ = 1,037 miles
  7. When you're analogizing the sport of amateur football to tobacco and asbestos, you've not only lost the public relations battle... you've clearly lost the moral high ground, as well.
  8. I'm a fan of Dane Storrusten's reimagining of the San Diego Padres' brand... and the font is a huge part of that. Particularly the SD ligature. I much preferred the original palette that Dane worked with: deep brown (calling to mind a Franciscan friar's habit), golden tan (emblematic of sandy beaches), and a blue somewhere between powder and teal (representing the Southern California sky). That said, even without the blue, this would be a sharp look. Adjusted to a brown, yellow, and white palette, I'd swap all instances of golden tan to yellow, replace the grey road uniform with khaki, and go with brown numbers outlined in yellow on both the home and road jerseys.
  9. XFL Football: The pro sports "Sword of Damocles" hanging over the collective head of St. Louis.
  10. My 2¢ (after killing an abundance of time on a trans-Pacific flight): Dallas Renegades: This is a solidly-rendered logo (though that renegade has awfully big eyes) that might impress me more if the majority of sports franchises in the Dallas area weren't already leaning so heavily into the "Old West" theme for their identities. Although the sizzle reel unveiling the Renegades' identity goes to great pains to link the "spirit and swagger" of 19th century Dallas cattle hands to 21st century hell-raisers via images of tattoos, graffiti tags, smoking tires, pool halls, and motorcycles, the end result is a logo that's comfortable settling into the visual trope of a masked Texas outlaw. If the XFL truly wanted to break the mold and embrace the modern renegade definition, it would have been interesting to see biker imagery married to that of the Old West in this team's logo. Instead of having the Renegade's demonic eyes glaring out from under a cowboy hat, have them peering from beneath a motorcycle helmet... and out over the stylized horns and skull of a Texas longhorn, the former taking the place of handlebars and the latter positioned as though leading down to a motorcycle's twin forks. Over the top? Quite possibly... particularly if not executed properly. Still, I'd rather something like that then a logo that seems derivative of what's already existed in the Dallas sports marketplace (you could be forgiven for mistaking the Renegades' mark for a modern updating of the old Dallas Desperados logo). Now, if the Renegades were content to go the tried-and-true "Old West" route, then I'd have rather seen them adopt a brand identity similar to what Dane Storrusten of Gridiron Labs designed for the Dallas Wranglers of the A11FL, or Texas Outlaws of the FXFL. Visually play up accoutrements of the cattle trade - brands, branding irons, barbed wire, rope - or cattle itself, rather than just cowboy hats, bandanas, lawmen's badges, and six-shooters that are more often the symbols utilized. DC Defenders: Houston Roughnecks: I love the name. I felt it was the direction in which Houston's NFL expansion team should have gone, rather than the generic Texans moniker. It is clearly the new XFL identity that most directly ties to not only the market of the team it graces, but the former pro football history of said city, as well. The logo? It has its issues. The line weights are all over the place. Ditto for the perspective. The 'H' superimposed on the derrick threatens to be too cute for its own good. The logo wouldn't suffer if the star was to be removed. Finally, it's the new XFL mark that is the most likely to be negatively impacted when reduced in size. That said, it's amazing how much I'm willing to forgive in all of those areas simply because I give full credit to the XFL brass for thumbing their noses at the NFL and challenging the more established league to make something of the fact that Houston's XFL team is clearly trying to resurrect the brand history of the Houston Oilers. That's a pretty ballsy move. Frankly, it wouldn't shock me if the NFL were to up and slap a lawsuit on the Roughnecks yet. To that point, it's clear that the reason the Roughnecks aren't sporting a lighter shade of blue with their red and white is because the XFL brass concluded - rightly so, I believe - that such a color scheme in combination with their logo would have absolutely drawn legal action from the NFL. Los Angeles Wildcats: For starters, the team's name is not only exceedingly generic, it's also inaccurate. That species of cat that appears in the Los Angeles Wildcats' sizzle reel? Well, while it may be a wild cat, it isn't a wildcat. Felis silvestris is the European wildcat. Felis lybica is the African wildcat. Here in North America, you can even get away with slapping the wildcat label on Lynx rufus (American bobcat) and Lynx canadensis (Canada lynx). That said, the species featured in the Wildcats' sizzle reel is Puma concolor, better known as a catamount, cougar, mountain lion, panther, or puma. As for the logo and color scheme, the 'LA' monogram is tremendously well-rendered and the orange-and-red palette calls to mind a Southern California sunset. It seems clear that the XFL brass see this mark as being an attempt to replicate the classic, straightforward simplicity of such letter-based primary marks as those sported by the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, and San Francisco 49ers. However, where each of those NFL team logos benefits from having been initially adopted in a simpler age and afforded the opportunity to build brand equity over more than 50 years, the Wildcats' logo is facing the formidable task of fighting for relevance and establishing a lasting foothold amongst a vast sea of brands almost immediately... and in a Greater Los Angeles market that enjoys no shortage of entertainment options, including a surfeit of pro sports franchises and major college athletic programs. I fear that for a team promising "showtime with a snarl", the Wildcats identity is too tame to deliver either. To my mind, the XFL's Los Angeles-based franchise would have been better served by the winged-sword logo unveiled in St. Louis. Paired with a name like the Los Angeles Guardians, Los Angeles Avengers, or Los Angeles Archangels it would have been a dynamic fit for a team representing the 'City of Angels'. New York Guardians: The New York Guardians sport a mark that is very well-rendered, but too polished to most effectively convey the theme its trying to capture. The Guardians' sizzle reel speaks of "sentries"and "watchdogs"... a "predator" and a "beast". I want less of the former pair from this team's logo and more of the latter pair. After all, the video also states that the team's namesake sculptures "know fear because they feed off of it". I think that theme of feeding off of fear needs to be leaned into more. With New York's gargoyles and grotesques serving as the inspiration for the brand identity of the XFL team representing the city, I want to see the primary logo centered around a more frighteningly-twisted, demonic figure, rather than simply an angry animal. As currently depicted, the Guardians' logo could just as readily serve as the primary mark for a team called the Lions. To my mind, that's not what a gargoyle/grotesque-themed team identity should be shooting for. If I were using the sculptures in the Guardians' sizzle reel as my starting point, I'd be taking inspiration from the first, fourth, and eighth carvings pictured therein. I might even look back to the original XFL's San Francisco Demons for some visual cues. That said, instead of designing a mark that resembled the tattoo art of the Demons' logo, a gargoyle/grotesque-themed logo should be rendered to look as though the demonic creature it's depicting was carved from stone. In my opinion, the ideal gargoyle/grotesque-themed logo should depict chips, scratches, pitting, and other imperfections in the centerpiece subject, as opposed to the smooth and unblemished figure shown in the New York Guardians' mark. The ultimate goal should be to render a team totem that is a fear-inducing creature of living stone. In this context, even the name Guardians seems a bit staid. I might opt for New York Beasts, New York Gargoyles, or New York Demons. St. Louis BattleHawks: So, let's address the worst part of this identity package right off the bat. The name is abysmal. Yes, I know that the BattleHawks' sizzle reel revolves around the theme of "winged warriors, preparing for flight". I've come to understand that Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation once trademarked the 'Battlehawk' name to refer to a UH-60M helicopter outfitted with a full weapons kit. Yadda, yada, yada. BattleHawks is a ham-handed mash-up of a name that sounds absolutely preposterous. I can't even fathom a reason to try and play the devil's advocate long enough to attempt to defend it. Okay, now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's turn to the logo. Frankly, I like it. It looks like the sort of insignia that one might find being used by a military unit, a religious order, or a fraternal organization. I actually think that it could work quite well as the logo for a sports franchise, provided that it's paired with the right team name, in the right market. It lends itself to the idea of a powerful angel, or a host of them - to archangels, avenging angels, or guardian angels. As I mentioned in my breakdown of the Los Angeles Wildcats' branding package, I think this logo would work quite well for a team in LA, the 'City of Angels'. Pair it with a name like the Los Angeles Guardians, Los Angeles Avengers, or Los Angeles Archangels and you'd have a dynamite identity. I suppose it could work in St. Louis, as well. After all, the city's namesake - King Louis IX - was canonized. Would it work better with the sword flipped, so that its point was resting between the wings? Positioned in that manner, the sword would better reflect the way it is held by King Louis IX in the Apotheosis of St. Louis statue in Forest Park. If one were to go to that trouble, should the cross-guard of the sword in the logo be altered to depict the slight S-curve of the cross-guard of King Louis IX's sword in the aforementioned statue? After tweaking the logo, what would the team be named in St. Louis? I mean, Louis IX's canonization made him a Saint, so would the team be dubbed the St. Louis Saints? Or, would St. Louis Angels be better? St. Louis Guardians? Would it just be simpler for the XFL's first official trade to be an exchange of the BattleHawks' logo for the Wildcats' name? The dust clears with the result being the Los Angeles Guardians and St. Louis Wildcats taking the field? You know what? Let's leave it at this... a solid logo (though better suited to another market) and a lousy name add up to a decidedly mixed brand identity in St. Louis. Seattle Dragons: When the news broke that Alpha Entertainment had registered five potential names for the Seattle-based XFL franchise with the USPTO, the one that resonated most strongly with me was Dragons. To be sure, the other four candidates - Force, Fury, Surge, and Wild - weren't particularly great names. Still, my affinity to the Dragons name was driven by more than just what I considered to be the shortcomings of the other possibilities. Though I'd never remotely given thought to Dragons as the possible name for a Seattle sports franchise up to that point in time, its potential to support a dynamic brand immediately became apparent to me. Now that the name has officially been unveiled, along with primary and word marks, I have to say that the Seattle Dragons are a pretty sharp looking outfit. The colors are the key to me. The palette of dark green, light green, blue, and orange balances ties to Seattle's historic sports design aesthetic, while simultaneously carving out space for itself. The greens and blue fit in nicely with the design traditions of teams like the Seahawks, Mariners, Sounders, Thunderbirds, Sonics, and Storm, while the orange is something that the Dragons can call their own. I'll be very interested to see what the color distribution is on the team's uniforms, as that will go a long way towards determining how successful the team's visual brand identity happens to be. As for the logo, I can certainly understand the impetus for critiques that say it bears a resemblance to the dragon in UAB's athletics identity package, or that it wouldn't be out of place in a Madden Create-A-Team suite. That said, I feel that the Seattle Dragons' mark manages to carve out its own space. Personally, I think that the UAB mark is - to its detriment - a bit more fussily-detailed than the Seattle Dragon. As for the comparison to the Madden logos, I don't find the Dragons logo to be that egregiously generic. Tampa Bay Vipers: Meh. This, to my mind, is the most underwhelming visual identity in the XFL. That's disappointing, because Vipers is a name that's more than capable of inspiring a dynamic identity package. I'll give credit to the XFL brass for thinking outside the box and opting to turn away from the more stereotypical source of inspiration for a sports team identity in the Tampa area - the region's namesake body of water and the Gulf of Mexico - and, instead, looking to the wetlands and forests of its interior. That said, the logos are lackluster. The simple letterform 'V' that was unveiled as the primary is, at best, a serviceable secondary. As for the snake-head secondary mark that appears elsewhere on the Vipers' section of the XFL website... well, frankly speaking, I've seen far better. Also problematic is the Vipers' color scheme. Personally, I'd have gone with something bolder by leaning into a vibrant neon lime (think of the Seattle Seahawks' 'Action Green', or the Orlando Thunder's 'Fluorescent Lime Green') as the Vipers' primary color, with a deep green as its secondary hue, and both white and metallic copper as tertiary colors. As is, the Vipers' visual identity strikes me as a missed opportunity.
  11. I had a fantasy football team dubbed the New York Gargoyles for four seasons back in the mid-to-late-'90s. It's always struck me as a no-brainer identity for a New York-based sports franchise. Frankly, I'm surprised that it's taken this long for an actual pro team to adopt it.
  12. "Allow me to open with a token gesture of faux collegiality meant to imply that I'm open-minded to considering the opinions of others. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let me immediately make a point of telling you just why my professional experience renders my 'subjective take' as clearly more informed than your own and, thus, worthy of being regarded as fact by the general populace." Or, maybe what truly "hindered that league's ability to pull in fans" was the fact that after the repeated launch and failure - or, in many cases, outright failure to even launch - of alternative football leagues including the likes of the USFL, IFF, XFL, UFL, FXFL, and A11FL, fans have grown increasingly jaded about investing time, money, and even attention into such ventures. Gee... I wonder how the National Football League has managed the trick of "strik[ing] a balance between modern and timeless" in its team logo and uniform designs? It couldn't be the fact that the NFL - and a significant number of its franchises, particularly those that sport more "timeless" looks - launched 60-plus years ago, could it? I mean, I've heard it said that some of the NFL's teams have actually been around since... the 1920s!!!
  13. Joe Bosack's branding work for the AAF was, hands down, the best thing the league had going for it. Frankly, if the league's executive leadership and financial solvency had been even half as strong as Joe's graphic design work, the AAF wouldn't have flamed out before completing its inaugural season.
  14. I'll concede that I truly feel sorry for the Sacramento Republic FC fanbase. From day one, you bought-in to what Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner set-out to build in your community. To my mind, the energy and atmosphere that you created is what vaulted Sacramento into the conversation regarding MLS expansion. Now, as for the current ownership group behind Sacramento Republic's MLS bid? I have a far more difficult time feeling that they've been insulted during the expansion process. The ownership/leadership group that currently exists behind Sacramento's bid to enter Major League Soccer is different - I'd argue significantly so - than that which launched Sacramento Republic FC back in 2012. How so? Well, from everything I've heard from Republic-loving friends in the Sacramento area, Smith and Wagoner were the heart and soul of the club. Their efforts gave birth to the team, seeing the organization from the December 2012 moment when the United Soccer League announced that Sacramento was being granted an expansion franchise to the first ball being kicked in USL competition in April of 2014. They - and the organization that they put in place - invested the blood, sweat, and tears necessary to build the entity that earned the passionate devotion of its supporters. Kevin Nagle? He wouldn't obtain controlling interest of Sacramento Republic FC until 21 months into the franchise's existence. And, frankly, that's where Sacramento Republic's struggles began. From where I'm sitting, if Sacramento should eventually fail to land a Major League Soccer franchise, Kevin Nagle will have to bear a significant portion of the responsibility. Was Kevin Nagle's investment in Sacramento Republic FC helpful? Sure. After all, I have no doubt that Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner would concede that they didnn't - and don't - possess Kevin Nagle's financial resources. That said, if we're being honest, Kevin Nagle doesn't possess the financial resources necessary to be the lead investor behind a Major League Soccer expansion bid. Truth be told, he never did... at least not in the MLS of 2014 onward. The league's rapid growth - particularly in the realm of perceived franchise value - may yet prove to be unsustainable, but there are plenty of people with pockets deeper than Nagle's ready, willing, and - most importantly - able to buy-in. So, Nagle, from the outset of his involvement with Sacramento Republic, was faced with having to round-up wealthier investors to join the Sacramento-to-MLS bid... particularly, a lead investor. So why did it take so long? Well, maybe people just didn't see the upside in doing business with him on this venture. Hear me out. Reportedly, Nagle nickel-and-dimed Warren Smith and Joe Wagoner over the value of Sacramento Republic FC and the club's brand. That's why the coup d'équipe on the day of the official expansion bid submission to MLS took place. Kunal Merchant - a former PR man for ex-Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson - submitted the bid on behalf of Sacramento. Not Sacramento Republic FC, mind you... simply Sacramento. And the corporate entity submitting the bid? Sac Soccer & Entertainment Holdings, LLC. This was Nagle's outfit, which had yet to officially acquire Sacramento Republic FC. The bid package was devoid of any Sacramento Republic FC iconography. At the same time, Nagle stripped any reference to Sacramento Republic from his Twitter handle and Twitter bio just prior to the bid being submitted. It was a power-play on Nagle's part. He thought that Sacramento-to-MLS was a fait accompli with or without Smith and Wagoner. He hoped that MLS brass would be impressed by his bold move to cut the legs out from under Smith and Wagoner via submitting a bid without them. He believed that MLS would simply award an expansion franchise to Sacramento based upon the size of its TV market, the shovel-ready stadium plan in the Railyards, and the then-recently-announced addition of Meg Whitman and Jed York as potential partners in the ownership structure of an MLS franchise. He expected that once he'd been awarded an MLS franchise for Sacramento, Smith and Wagoner would simply concede to finalizing the transfer of control of both the franchise and its intellectual property to him at whatever price-point he was willing to pay. In retrospect, Nagle overplayed his hand. Once news broke that the Sacramento MLS expansion bid had been submitted without the participation of Smith and Wagoner, everything went sideways. News outlets and social media exploded with stories of a falling out between Nagle and the co-founders of Sacramento Republic FC. Damage control had to be done by the likes of Mayor Darrell Steinberg. Pro sports expansion bids - particularly those hoping to result in franchises being granted - are supposed to be seamless, polished and easily-consumed. This was anything but. When the Sacramento bid should have been flaunting a united front, it looked - instead - dysfunctional. Worst of all, in a league where much of the explosive growth had been fueled by leveraging the enthusiasm of grassroots supporter movements, here was a story in which a pair of club founders who'd managed to engage with, and grow alongside of, just such a movement were seemingly being marginalized by a money-man who had bought into an already flourishing enterprise. Truth be told, that episode could now become the defining moment in Sacramento Republic FC history. Nagle has never managed to entirely right the ship after that gaffe. Yes, Nagle eventually secured the USL franchise and its intellectual property, but at a cost to his reputation with both MLS and potential lead investors. Just over 2-1/2 years on from his gambit of breaking with Sacramento Republic FC - albeit, temporarily - and submitting an expansion bid to MLS on his own, Nagle and Sacramento are still waiting to be granted a franchise in the league. Further, his rumored insistence on maintaining at least 51% majority control in Sacramento Republic FC, as well as being less than accommodating with regard to the opinions and suggestions of other partners, is reportedly what spurred the departure of Meg Whitman and Jed York from the ownership team. Following their departure, it seems that there was no end to the number of times that Nagle was "closing in on", "so close", "very close" to landing a lead investor for the Sacramento Republic FC MLS bid. Again, why did it take so long? Finally, thankfully, Ron Burkle agreed to become the lead investor in the Sacramento Republic FC bid. It's clear that Burkle is going to be the majority owner of a Sacramento-based MLS franchise should the league grant the current bid an expansion team. There's absolutely no way that Burkle was going to agree to play second-banana to Nagle. Still, that - in and of itself - could now be causing problems for the bid? Why? Because, Nagle - figuring that whatever "whale" investor he eventually brought on was going to end up footing-the-bill for most of the expansion fee - was likely willing to tell MLS anything that they wanted to hear with regard to the amount of said fee... even as it was steadily increasing to a price-point of $200 million. Now that Burkle's on-board as the bid's lead investor, he might be inclined to engage in some pushback on certain issues... particularly those that are going to directly impact his bottom-line. For instance, things like Major League Soccer's steadily-increasing expansion fee. Now, I'm not privy to any inside information that Burkle has voiced a reluctance to meet Major League Soccer's going expansion price point. I only bring up the possibility because, if he were to voice a problem with the current MLS entry fee while other expansion hopefuls weren't doing so, it might negatively impact Sacramento's prospects amongst potential bids. Bottom line? This is modern professional sports that we're talking about here. Money makes the world go 'round. The minute a guy like David Tepper, with $11.6 billion at his disposal, shows up and says that he's interested in joining your league, he's not only going to be heard... he's going to be granted a franchise. And, despite it not being polite, he's likely going to jump people in the queue... including Ron Burkle and his $1.5 billion. St. Louis getting in ahead of Sacramento? Well, Jim Kavanaugh ($1.9 billion net worth) is part of the ownership group, along with several members of the Taylor Family (Enterprise Holdings... St. Louis royalty). Plus, it's as close as the United States comes to a soccer "legacy" city. Still, I can understand that one stinging. What can I say? Professional soccer is now, at long last, on par with North America's "Big Four" sports leagues. Unfortunately, it's achieved parity in some of pro sports least savory aspects. I have my fingers crossed for you folks. I think Sacramento would make a phenomenal addition to the league. For what it's worth, I don't think MLS is stopping at 30 teams. That said, if I were Burkle, I'd be doing everything in my power to make sure that Sacramento Republic FC landed slot #29 or #30. I dont believe that it is going to get any less expensive to secure a spot in MLS beyond that point. Equally important, if not moreso, I fear it would be awfully difficult - and understandably so - to maintain the enthusiasm in the marketplace if this saga is prolonged much more.
  15. That old Clarkson University Golden Knights athletic mark was, indeed, a Phoenix Design Works creation. It was introduced 16 years ago.
  16. One of my brothers-in-law is a Syracuse University graduate. He once did a deep dive into the archives at Syracuse in order to find out what the story was regarding SU's use of pink and green as the school's athletic colors. This is what he says he was able to find out. Apparently, "rose pink and pea green" were adopted as colors to identify the university - as a whole - in 1872. At that time Syracuse University didn't compete in intercollegiate athletics. Rather, association football - soccer - and boating were contested intramurally between classes, while baseball games were played against local amateur and professional teams. It is doubtful that uniforms of any color were procured by the university for the inter-class soccer and boating competitions. There's an outside chance that pink and green uniforms might have been purchased for the team representing Syracuse in the baseball games. In any event, by 1873 Syracuse's colors had been changed to "rose tint and azure" and they would remain as such through 1889. It was in the fall of 1873 that Syracuse played its first intercollegiate baseball game, apparently losing to Hamilton College. Over the next 17 years, intercollegiate athletic competitions - particularly, track meets and baseball games - were entered into against opponents that included Cornell, Hamilton, Hobart, Lafayette, Lehigh, Madison (present day Colgate), Penn, Rochester, RPI, and Union. In 1889, Syracuse played its first game of intercollegiate American football against Rochester. In 1890, Syracuse University adopted orange as the school's official color. Soon thereafter, men's athletic teams became known as the Orange or Orangemen. It was also in 1890 that Syracuse joined the State Intercollegiate Football Association along with Colgate (renamed as such that year), Hamilton, Rochester, and Union.
  17. MAJOR upgrades for both Hobart and William Smith. That is some impressive work by SME Branding.
  18. Charlotte is the real competition there... primarily because of money. David Tepper's net worth is $11.6 billion. That makes him the sixth-richest pro sports owner in the world, the fifth-richest amongst owners of U.S.-based franchises, and would mark him as the second-wealthiest Major League Soccer owner after Dietrich Mateschitz of the New York Red Bulls. You combine Tepper's wealth with the fact that Charlotte is home to the headquarters of five FORTUNE 500 companies (ten in the FORTUNE 1000) and you have the reason that the market has suddenly leapt into the MLS expansion conversation. It also doesn't hurt that Charlotte, though less populous than either Phoenix or San Diego, is growing at a faster pace - both as a city and metro area - than either of the southwest markets.
  19. I've never been under the impression that a St. Louis-based Major League Soccer expansion franchise arising from this bid was necessarily going to take the pitch in MLS utilizing the badge and colors of Saint Louis FC. Yes, World Wide Technologies co-founder and CEO Jim Kavanaugh - who is a partner in the MLS4TheLou bid - is Chairman of the Board of the Scott Gallagher Soccer Club. In turn, Kavanaugh was a driving force behind having Scott Gallagher Soccer Club acquire the rights to operate a St. Louis-based United Soccer League Pro expansion franchise in time for the league's 2015 season. In fact, I believe that Kavanaugh is still President and Chairman of the Board of SLSG Pro LLC, the entity that owns and operates Saint Louis FC today. And I'd be shocked if the MLS4TheLou effort hasn't benefitted from considerable logistical support from Saint Louis FC staff throughout the bid process. That said, what has clearly separated the current effort to secure a Major League Soccer franchise for St. Louis from the attempts that have come before it is the financial muscle of the Taylor family. They're the multigenerational business and philanthropic heavyweights who possessed the bona fides to not only get Don Garber and the MLS brass to give St. Louis another look after previous failed attempts, but the cold, hard cash to get local politicos to take them seriously. So, from where I'm sitting, it seems that a member of the Taylor family is likely to be exercising considerable clout with regard to team branding... and that person is most likely Carolyn Kindle Betz, senior VP and executive director of Enterprise Holdings Foundation, as well as the lead partner of an MLS4TheLou ownership group in which the majority stake will be female-owned. How married is she to bringing the Saint Louis FC up to MLS? Might the franchise take to the pitch under the name Saint Louis FC and garbed in Navy and Green? Sure, I suppose it's possible. However, I wouldn't bet the house on it... and I think there's absolutely no chance that the MLS team is wearing the USL Championship side's badge.
  20. There's been a shake-up in Seattle. Joe Roth has sold his stake as an investor-operator of Seattle Sounders FC. With Roth's departure, Hanauer Fútbol - comprised of Adrian Hanauer, Paul Barry, and Lenore Hanauer - will increase its overall investment in the club. Additionally, a new contingent of 22 partners will join Hanauer Fútbol, Drew Carey, and Jody Allen amongst the Sounders' investor/operators. A full list of the new investors in Seattle Sounders FC can be found here.
  21. Not only do the PawSox have another 15 home games to play over the 3 weeks and 5 days remaining in the 2019 International League regular season, but they have the entirety of their 2020 IL home slate to contest at McCoy Stadium. The franchise isn't scheduled to play a game in its new market of Worcester, Massachusetts until 2021,
  22. That's the price Henderson, Nevada was apparently willing to pay in order to lure the Arizona Diamondbacks to a proposed $1 billion, 32,000-seat, retractable-roof ballpark. Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada
  23. So, apparently the Arizona Diamondbacks engaged in talks with officials in Henderson, Nevada about becoming the primary tenant in a $1 billion, 32,000-seat, retractable-roof ballpark in the Las Vegas suburb. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that records show the city and ball club were in talks as late as February of this year. Henderson quietly tried to lure Arizona Diamondbacks to Southern Nevada
  24. I have a friend and colleague from my days as a broadcaster who has worked in Salt Lake City for the better part of six years. He was in attendance at the RSL-Tigres match last Wednesday and I can confirm that, according to what said friend has told me, Petke repeatedly directed a homophobic slur at the referee following the game.