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  1. Isn't this all MLS looks for in an expansion team at this point? ST Louis (with its oft mentioned and overwrought amazingly rich soccer history that would make even the Best Fans in Baseball even cringe) had to jump the hurdle a bunch of times before finding deep enough pockets to do so, then Charlotte gets an owner with DEEP pockets and they jump the line, playing in a large (outdated in the minds of NFL owners) football stadium with no regard for the "supporters' experience". (Not even going to mention the PSL thing) Let's not forget about Atlanta playing on fake grass in a dome, NY playing on a short field lodged in a baseball diamond, NE, Chicago and how many other cities are still limping along in football stadiums despite all the pride and joy MLS revels in when describing the pure fan experience, etc. Lip service only goes so far, unless MLS continues to prove everybody wrong. I'm not a MLS anti-fan, but all of this expansion feels like income they need to make it to the next big money making milestone - the inevitable upcoming post World Cup bump or the vague SuperLeague merger with the Mexican league. For all the talk of whatever a CFL/XFL merger actually entails, expansion NBA teams, expanded NFL schedules, MLS skates by on very thin ice operating like a Ponzi scheme just waiting for the next cash infusion with a future filled with delusions of grandeur. I feel sorry for the soccer fans in Sacramento but am 105% sure the higher ups in MLS are salivating looking at a bunch of new cities willing to pay an even higher expansion fee. I'm sure finding the 'Green Bay Packers' of soccer isn't a priority in a major league with teams in Columbus, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Cincinnati, Kansas City, and Portland.
  2. Looks like there could be some changes coming. The NHL's GMs got a taste of having prospects in their own systems...
  3. This is one time I'd like to see all of this advertising put into action - AP's Style Guide changes any references to the basketball team to "MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages". Give them exactly what they want and refuse to abbreviate things to 'the Spartans' or 'Michigan State' and hold to their preferred nomenclature. Every single reference. Over and over. It would be a glorious Monkey's Paw wish, and let's let those money grubbing ***************** live with what they sold themselves out for. example: INDIANAPOLIS — MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages’ Big Ten tournament matinee with Maryland couldn’t have started better. And it couldn’t have turned any worse once the whistles began to blare. MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages' early 12-point lead flipped by halftime as the Terrapins drew foul after foul, chipping away at the free-throw line and overtaking the lead before halftime. Maryland pulled away to a 68-57 victory Thursday at Lucas Oil Stadium. [ Tom Izzo, MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages lost their cool in earliest Big Ten tournament exit ever ] That might have ended the run in the conference tournament, but it only extends the wait for MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages (15-12). MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages will remain in Indy through Sunday’s selection show to see if Tom Izzo’s streak will be extended to 23 consecutive NCAA tournament berths. Most bracket projectors had MSU Spartans Basketball presented by Rocket Mortgages in the field regardless of what happened in the league tourney based on three top-five wins over Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State in the final three weeks of the regular season.
  4. In my mind, I think there could be more collaboration on the back end of things - a centralized scouting system, a shared broadcast setup/contract that gives a network or two almost year round live programming, and perhaps some shared advertising packages for larger companies (McDonalds, beer, banks) that operate on a large scale in both countries. There could probably be some minimal crossover opportunities for players to play/practice with the other league throughout the year. I'm sure neither league is looking to reinvent their wheel, just to cut costs and increase revenue. I'm not sure anybody is ready to see the St Louis Battlehawks take on the Ottawa RedBlacks in some mixed rules football game.
  5. Right now, somewhere in the world, in front of a dusty computer screen, a CCSLC member is constructing a 40 team CXFL league including relegation for the realignment post. Spoilers: The Birmingham Thunderbolts and those helmets return to the XFL! Still no word on the Atlantic Schooners.
  6. If these are legit, it's absolutely hilarious there is a post with the Bengals announcing their uniforms won't be unveiled this month, then an hour later, the jerseys are leaked.
  7. I quickly scrolled past this picture three times wondering how many alternate jerseys the Stars actually released this year until I realized it was Vancouver.
  8. The Jets' new green helmets have a very similar vibe to the teal flaked helmets, the finish has a tendency to produce very green highlights and very dark/black shadows. I initially enjoyed the candy finish, but the dark shadows that appear get too dark. It's annoying that they took such a simple idea as bringing back their rightful lighter kelly green and just demolishing the set with unnecessary black all over, reinforced by the dark patches of black that appear on the helmets.
  9. Baseball: 7 inning double headers, man on 2nd to start extra innings. NHL: Hold my beer. "The NHL announced contingency plans before the game if there were "unplayable weather conditions." Among them: That the game would be considered "official" once two periods had been played, and the team leading when play is stopped will be declared the winner. If the score is tied when play is halted after two periods, each team would be awarded one point in the standings and the winner would be determined by a shootout. That shootout would take place immediately after play was stopped at the Lake Tahoe rink; or, if conditions wouldn't permit that, at Ball Arena in Denver on Feb. 22, before the regularly scheduled game between the Golden Knights and Avalanche." https://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/30935628/poor-ice-conditions-delay-nhl-lake-tahoe-outdoor-game-saturday-night-shifts-sunday-game
  10. I'm not going to cry for Brandiose after they've been rolling out the same local flavor/unique name/snarling logo formula (with hometown research visit!!) for years now, but does this mean MLB is trying to lock out all independent designers from their minor league system now? I wonder what cut rates MLB can offer to their new affiliates to make them change their minds or if it's clubs simply agreeing with Sodboy's thoughts above. From the article: “Now that the PDL system has been formalized and we are officially an affiliated team, we have the chance to collaborate directly with Major League Baseball’s branding, licensing, and apparel experts and their vast connections around the nation to bring our new team identity to life in even bigger and better ways,” the team said on its website. “We’re excited to be the first Minor League team to have the opportunity to take advantage of these resources to showcase the team identity chosen by our fans on a national stage. To allow time to take full use of these new resources, we will be unveiling the new team name following the 2021 season.”
  11. The design or the spelling? Looks like somebody tried writing Minnesota with their mouse.
  12. The latest Forbes ranking of NHL team values has the Coyotes dead last at $285 million. The NHL can fold the franchise (or buy it out, whatever legally has to be done) then sell an expansion franchise in the neighborhood of Seattle's $650 million and turn a healthy profit to cover some of the losses of the pandemic. Hockey gains a (hopefully) better market, the Player's Union doesn't lose any jobs, and Bettman and the NHL gets to wash away one of its biggest mistakes under the no-fault guise of 'the pandemic' and everybody is happy, except Quebec City, because you know they'll never get an expansion team.
  13. With the additions of Carlos Santana and Andrew Benintendi, the Royals are meekly pushing all their chips towards the center of the table, eyeing a playoff berth, hoping that there are only four other teams in the AL that decided to compete this year. They may be right.
  14. What was/is underneath it? edit: nevermind, the yellow slashes at the beginning and end looked like a patch underneath.
  15. Thanks for pointing that out! I guess I forgot the mid nineties were still when sports leagues hadn't started to sign league wide apparel contracts. I guess I always heard the stories about Nike helping name the teams that even went to 98 expansion team Chicago nearly called the Rhythm with a snake logo or something. I just can't picture Liverpool or Manchester United in a Clash template. edit: Turns out Nike only did half the league.
  16. Quick question - how original were the 1996 jerseys to MLS? They were all Nike creations, correct? Did Nike actually make ten unique uniform designs or were some of the designs used by clubs in Europe, South America, etc? Did Nike have a big footprint in soccer back then? Adidas gets ripped on for being lazy using templates used around the globe and shoehorning the MLS identities into them, but the cost of producing a (relatively) minor run of 28-32 unique designs, plus thirds, must be astounding. Also, that LA Galaxy leak is pretty tremendous if real...
  17. I've never seen a black Flyers jersey that reads as the Flyers. They all are much too black dominant (I know, black base color...) without any hope of balancing the orange and white in their scheme. This new RR jersey is the closest they've come to finding a more balanced approach to the color palette, but it's too black, causing the white cuffs to look wildly out of place. Also, why would you debut/use them in a game with another team with black shoulders as well?
  18. I ran across this twitter post from a labor lawyer that spells out why the players didn't accept or counter the owners' proposal. There's 12 parts, so I hope they're all readable in the link below: https://twitter.com/EugeneFreedman/status/1356456806629978112
  19. Flames in white vs the Jets in their brighter, livelier blue alts looks great tonight!
  20. It'll be interesting to see what the 32 team MLS does over the next 10-15 years without the annual windfall of expansion team fees that's occurred over the past 10.
  21. For everybody cheering on alt helmets for throwback white Patriots, orange Bucs, red Bills, etc, Nike is thinking sea foam green Cowboys, yellow Chiefs, neon green Seahawks, Black 49ers, grey Giants... ...and who knows what they'd do to the Rams.
  22. Don't forget one went teal while the other went.... copper.
  23. Did I misread the article or was I the only one who did or am I going crazy? Isn't there a link to a twitter release of the new logo "with a new badge to boot which has gone down like a lead balloon with the tifosi." I mean, even Juventus' logo is mentioned in the article linked above.
  24. I lived in Portland, Maine for a couple of years and my dad's company had season tickets to the Flyers' AHL affiliate Maine Mariners. Although I was too young to understand anything about hockey or sports, I loved the branding, always associated the orange and black colors with the NHL (the NHL logo, All Star game uniforms, Flyers) and the parent club Flyers became my NHL team for life. Looking back at the original branding of the team, I still love it. The original orange and black logo took the colors and the orange puck/dot from the Flyers and the winged P motif and transformed it into a clever M with a similar line thickness and strokes, while integrating the nautical Ship's Wheel around the central orange dot. Somewhere along the line and well after my family left Portland, the Mariners became the affiliate of the Bruins, so they simply changed the orange in the logo to yellow, and as much as I didn't like the Bruins, I remember being oddly fascinated by the logo and kinda liked how it worked, even in enemy colors. Thinking about it, the Ship's Wheel at the center of the logo relates pretty well to the spiked hub of their new parent team. As for the new team with the same name as the old franchise, I can't say much about it. The logos for the old and new Maine Mariners
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