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  1. I don't see it as ahistorical to separate the history of the team (players, culture, memories, records, identity) from the history of the franchise (the business entity). The franchise is fundamentally a license from the league to own a team. Art Modell used his license to own the Cleveland Browns team, then he used it to own the Baltimore Ravens, and someone else bought a license and used it to own the Cleveland Browns. The history and culture of the team stayed with the city and the fans who valued it instead of being grafted to a city and fanbase that had no connection to it. This isn't defacing history; it's keeping it where it's relevant.
  2. I mean, they didn't burn all evidence of their previous iterations moving. They didn't fanfic alternate histories for the missing seasons. They just adopted historical identities for their teams, ones that fans in these cities felt an attachment to. Which, to me, is better than having Muggsy Bouges Bobblehead Night in New Orleans.
  3. This is where I come down on it too. Each team has its own history and can decide what parts of it are relevant to its current iteration and to its fanbase. Some teams have maintained a connection to former cities and some have prefered to emphasize their current home. Some have even embraced the history of other franchises that preceded them in that city. All of these things are fine. Nobody's taking a sharpie to the history books.
  4. ESPN's Jeff Passan is reporting that MLB has given the Tampa Bay Rays permission to explore becoming a dual-city team, splitting their time between new stadiums in Tampa Bay and Montreal. The last sentence of the piece touches on the name situation: Can't think of an identity that would serve as a common cultural, historical, or even native wildlife link between the two cities, and I imagine Montrealers would want to bring back the Expos name, especially with the Bronfman family involved. I wonder whether an Expos revival would use their original logos and uniforms, their 90s/00s look, or a new direction altogether.
  5. The most visually iconic aspect of the Eixample streetplan is the chamfered (had to look that up) corners of each block. I don't know if it would look all that great if the corners of each square on the uniform were beveled, but the inspiration really doesn't come across at all without it.
  6. Seems like Syracuse might be going back to one of their old logos: Still on their site as of now: https://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pw/collegiate/80o?vst=college&redirect=true&ipp=120 If it's real, I think it's a downgrade. I like their current identity and system, and this is one of the weaker and more generic ones in their history.
  7. I'm usually a stickler for consistency of design elements across all of a university's sports, but I love the idea of having a crest design for use on the school's soccer kits (I only noticed this as part of the photo set from this unveiling, but it looks like it was unveiled last summer):
  8. FootyHeadlines has the USWNT Women's World Cup home kits: The pattern on the back lists all 50 states:
  9. This reminds me of a quote I saw in an article about Charlotte's mix of ambition and insecurity, from the height of the Cold War: "The best way to summarize Charlotte is to say that if the Russians bomb us and the first wave of bombs that comes over doesn't include one for Charlotte, people here would be very much disappointed." That being said, I love Charlotte (I'm married to a native Charlottean and probably going to live there at some point) and I agree that it could be a fine MLB market; to add to your points about the Knights' success, there's lots of bank headquarters to fill up the luxury suites, no local summertime competition from other pro teams (unless Tepper can get an MLS franchise first), and nice weather throughout the baseball season and postseason. I think they'd run up against some of the same issues people brought up for other markets with transplants not adopting the team, but I don't know if they're any better or worse than the other candidates in that regard. Bringing it back to the name/branding topic, I would be curious to see statistical or even anecdotal evidence that a Charlotte team identity would be a substantive turn-off to people in other parts of North Carolina, or in South Carolina, as compared to a more broad Carolina name. Is it possible that the Panthers are so big regionally because people love football and they'd be just as popular if they were the Charlotte Panthers?
  10. The NBA announced the launch of a Champions League-style competition for African pro teams; unclear if this will be the logo going forward or just a placeholder:
  11. Retired Astronaut Mark Kelly has launched his campaign for Arizona's Senate seat with a really nice logo that evokes his space background:
  12. The Kannapolis Intimidators will get a new identity after the 2019 season ends:
  13. Syracuse is changing the trim on their numbers from blue to gray/silver, and going back to the shorts they wore in the tournament last year: They had been wearing these:
  14. Aer Lingus has unveiled a new logo and livery. Here's the prerequisite breakdown graphic:
  15. FootballShirtCulture has more NYCFC photos: It's just kinda...meh. I really don't like the way they handled the racing stripe with the sponsor, but there aren't a lot of examples of teams that've done that well. One thing I LOVE is the mosaic pigeon jocktag:
  16. The Nets' 2K league team unveiled their logo, which to the best of my knowledge, is the first in franchise history to include an actual net:
  17. https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/banking/article221783230.html NEW: OLD: I think it's a good evolution - having everything line up on the flag fixes an issue that bugs me every time I see it. I'm hoping they'll have a better solution for applications on solid red or blue backgrounds:
  18. The Nets put five stickers down on their everyday court and now have a City Edition court:
  19. Which is exactly the mechanism by which "toughness" culture manifests and perpetuates itself. As @Gothamite rightly points out, the culture is the hard part to break if we really want to start to fix football. Even if the league institutes new rules and teaching principles, and introduces new safety technology, those changes can only go so far if the atmosphere around the sport is not encouraging its participants to take care of themselves and those around them, in service of some bull :censored: macho ideal. And this isn't just about brain injuries - this "rub dirt on it and get back out there" attitude contributes to the deaths of players like Jordan McNair at Maryland, among too many others.
  20. On the other, more hopeful side of the journalistic spectrum, this Ringer piece does a nice job of detailing efforts to educate the next generation of sportscasters about how to better communicate possible brain injuries: https://www.theringer.com/nfl/2018/11/8/18075776/concussions-tv-broadcast-education. It's great that the Concussion Legacy Foundation has identified the role broadcasters play in educating the public about this topic, and not just identifying symptoms and dangerous plays, but also breaking down the toxic culture of "toughness" that enables unhealthy behavior across all sports, not just the NFL.
  21. From the article: The Ben Franklin logo, which I normally like, doesn't really fit here and it's kind of throwing the whole thing off for me. And I'm not sure how the white lettering is going to read from a distance. Other than that, it's a nice design. I'm a sucker for red-white-blue trim.
  22. The Nets' Biggie editions are being unveiled on Thursday at...JFK airport, that famous site of so many great Notorious B.I.G. moments.
  23. Sports franchises also have the massive benefit of a season/offseason cycle to handle the logistics of implementing a branding change. They can execute changes to the signage and other physical elements when their venue isn't hosting events as regularly. Teams turn over their marketing campaigns every season anyway, so their collateral has a finite shelf-life whether there's a change or not. Same goes, to differing extents, for uniforms, tickets, and other pieces.
  24. Thought this was a very informative piece from Vox about the cost and thought that goes into a corporate name change and rebrand. https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2018/10/25/18013642/dunkin-donuts-rebranding-cost My current company rebranded five years ago and is still working old graphics and outdated signage out of its system, and I think this piece does a good job of capturing why that happens and how it often manifests itself.
  25. The first thing that came to mind is a Notorious B.I.G. tribute with a Coogi sweater pattern?
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