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Everything posted by Waffles

  1. I'd be surprised if the NBA didn't try to monetize this. The team will likely have a level of talent equivalent to an elite college program that rakes in tens of millions of dollars a year, and there will surely be fan interest in seeing a team full of next year's lottery picks. Team LA might not be the only one:
  2. More merchandise confusion: the youth jersey for sale on Fanatics shows the Liberty wordmark... I wonder if it's because Fanduel is a gambling company?
  3. The black Sabrina Ionescu jersey for sale on the Nets' website shows a mockup with the NEW YORK wordmark instead of the Fanduel logo: Obviously it looks so much better, but I wonder if this is how the fan replicas will be sold, or if this image was posted in error.
  4. The G-League will have a new independent team based in Southern California to develop players who skip college: Curious to see if/how they brand this team. There could be a lot of interest in them if they continue to get quality recruits decommitting from their colleges.
  5. It brings me no pleasure to share their new uniforms: Ladies and gentlemen, your HSS FanDuel Liberty AT&T.
  6. In WNBA news, Liberty have updated their logo to reflect their move to Brooklyn and transfer from Knicks to Nets ownership: NEW: OLD: Nice update. The seafoam and black go so nicely together.
  7. Sports Business Journal reports that the Charlotte franchise's name announcement timeline has been pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic, and that Charlotte FC is the current frontrunner:
  8. I truly do not get this. There has to be more to this story, right?
  9. Looks like a male lion, no? Seems like a missed opportunity to do what the Dutch national teams did - have different but style- and brand-consistent crests for their mens' and womens' teams using male and female lions.
  10. Interestingly, the youth jerseys for sale on their website also have the Stone Brewing logo on them: https://www.soccerloco.com/adidas-youth-sd-loyal-away-jersey-2020.html I wasn't following the Premier League closely when Liverpool was sponsored by Carlsberg, but I seem to remember that they sold kids merchandise with a non-alcohol or blank sponsor. I couldn't find any articles on that, or whether it was a voluntary thing or compliance with a regulation, but I found a story on Everton choosing to take Chang Beer off of their youth team kits and childrens' merchandise, so it seems like it was up to the team's discretion in England as of 12 years ago. I wonder if this will get any attention in San Diego.
  11. And now a leak of Tottenham's fourth (!?) kit: I'm not crazy about the centered logo and swoosh, but besides that I don't hate the design. What I DO viscerally hate is that this is inspired by a Nike shoe. Not by Tottenham's club heritage or by the culture or features of the surrounding area, but a shoe once made by the company that currently makes the uniform, a shoe which has no unique relationship to the team as far as I can tell. It really sucks when uniform manufacturers put their identity ahead of that of the club's like this.
  12. I guess this should technically go in a yet-to-be-created 2020/21 megathread, but according to FootyHeadlines, this will be Tottenham's home kit next year: It's not good! I guess when we were granted our wish to break free of Nike's templates, it was one of those monkey's paw scenarios.
  13. I just hope they can coordinate the promotional schedules so we don't end up with the Homestead Grays playing the Des Moines Deep Fried Corn Cobs.
  14. I've been following NYCFC since their inception, and this constant feeling of this team being unsettled, on and off the field, is tiring and not worth it anymore. Shady, absentee owners; playing in a baseball stadium (or Connecticut or New Jersey when the baseball team wants to play there) with no official peep of progress on their own stadium; inaction and arrogance when their own fans plead with them to oust violent racists from the stadium. Obviously, playing one game at RB stadium isn't as bad as turning a blind eye to fascist supporters, but it's just the cherry on the sundae. I'll be living in Charlotte by the time that team launches and NYCFC is the only fanhood I'm leaving behind in New York.
  15. One thing I'd like to see that I think accommodates the desire to honor Kobe without rushing into a wholesale, permanent change would be a one-time waiver from the NBA's rules to allow players to change to 8 or 24 for the remainder of the season.
  16. He replaced the Tappan Zee with a new bridge that improves on the old one by not being in imminent danger of falling into the Hudson River, rammed it through while ignoring recommendations that it include much-needed tracks for Metro North that would have actually alleviated traffic, and named it after his dad. So this is basically the vexillological equivalent of that.
  17. Yeah, a vain, unproductive change when a more ambitious and forward-thinking option would be called for is just about right.
  18. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to add "E Pluribus Unum" to the state seal, and hence the state flag. If this passes, it would be a huge missed opportunity to go big and truly revamp one of the least interesting state flags in the country.
  19. Seems like it was a "last one in before the door shuts" tax: https://www.espn.com/soccer/major-league-soccer/story/4015203/charlotte-gets-mls-30th-franchise-for-record-$325-million
  20. Signs are going up in Uptown Charlotte for an announcement tomorrow... Tepper is said to be paying a $325M expansion fee.
  21. That's surprising to me. I'd been assuming since the beginning that they would go with a Carolina-based name to try to move towards a more regional identity, like the Panthers. Also, in my experience getting to know the area over the last few years, Charlotte in general has always been keen to position itself as a big-time, forward-looking city, and picking a name that evokes a quaint, pastoral English second-tier city/club really suggests the exact opposite of that.
  22. Nets debuted their City editions today, including these nice warmups: They also added some accents to their court:
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