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  1. I think anyone in New York will tell you about the proliferation of Chase Banks in what used to be independently owned storefronts, because hey, Chase Bank can pay more.
  2. European leagues are separate from the teams in them. You can argue whether or not the teams actually need them but the financial situation from a team which exists independently versus a MLB team in a controlled cartel of MLB franchises are completely different.
  3. I despised George Steinbrenner, and I still might. But say what you want about him- he wanted to win baseball games. He wasn't going to penny pinch because you might extract more profit by selling off all your players for a "window" a few years later. I often think of owners with popular teams who realize that they don't have to actually win to sell tickets - teams like the Maple Leafs and Browns come to mind. MLB right now is what happens when the entire league has that mindset.
  4. The reports of trademark issues, if they exist, are likely from "Kraken" being associated with a very popular brand of rum. God willing, that's enough to sink this thing.
  5. Gradient is difficult to use, but can be used well, and "it has gradient so = bad" is one of the laziest uniform critique cliches out there.
  6. some cycling ones, why not Laurent Fignon in Gatorade colors- Anything other than Renault or Super-U looks wrong, really, but even Castorama looked alright. As cool as the Gatorade kit was, it's very much not his look. Peter Sagan in the 2015 Tinkoff colors, prior to him winning the World Championships - Seeing Sagan in a kit other than the rainbow jersey or TDF green jersey is weird enough, but his early years in the bright green Cannondale jerseys were fairly iconic. This, however, was just a weird, ugly kit, and a piss-poor way to display his Slovakian championship. Thankfully he spent three solid years in the rainbow WC stripes after that, but jeez. Tom Boonen, USPS Even by weird "Oh, I forgot he rode for them" rookie team kit standards, this is weird. Alejandro Valverde, Illes Balears Right team, wrong sponsor. Movistar have rarely changed sponsors, having Reynolds for the 80s, Banesto for the 90s, Caisse d'Epargne for the late 00s, and Movistar for the '10s, but there was an odd period starting about 2000 where they went a bit nuts before settling on the boring, but fairly iconic Caisse d'Epargne kit. This was probably the weirdest of them all. Stephen Roche, Tonton Tapis To be honest, not sure this one belongs here, despite how hilariously bad the Tonton Tapis jersey is, Roche is probably the rider I identify most with it. But it's still such a hilarious, weird kit for a rider which generally wore iconic jerseys, like Peugeot and Carrera Jeans. Laurent Jalabert, Toshiba Taste went out the window in a fantastic way in the early 90s in all sports, and cycling was probably the worst (best?) affected. Anyway, when people think of Jaja, they think of him riding for ONCE, and not this hilarious monstrosity. Big fan of how the stripes accentuate Jaja's crotch, though. Greg Lemond, ADR-Agrigel Potentially a controversial one, because Greg wore this one in his most famous moment- winning the 1989 TDF by 8 seconds over Fignon by eight seconds. But for a rider who's worn some of the most iconic kits in cycling history- Renault-Elf, La Vie Claire, Z-Vetements, the rainbow WC stripes, even his brief spell in PDM- this one just doesn't cut it. Incidentally, that old Giro helmet logo needs to come back.
  7. god that TOUCHDOWN text is like the peak of obnoxiousness. like seriously, what happened to highlighting the scoring team's part of the scorebug, or even better, just updating the score without massive text and logos flying everywhere?
  8. The bug itself is good but the massive TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!! graphics are obnoxious.
  9. Fox seemingly can't decide if they like boxes or tickers better.
  10. It's very minor league. I think nothing really screams minor league than the compound-noun animal team name, eg IronPigs/RailHawks/WaterDogs. Leave that to a friday night Eastern League game, guys.
  11. that logo ironically looks too "safe" to really have the "wait how the applications look"/"don't jump to conclusions" defense work. It's not like London 2012 (which in retrospect had some fantastic applications, and was far better than the anodyne Rio 2016 identity) or the Juventus logo update- on top of all the other objections, it's also just really, really boring. "Offensively inoffensive" might sound like an oxymoron, but well...
  12. Yeah, it's almost like history and tradition is something you have to develop on your own, and isn't something which can be branded on your team by copy-pasting a glamorous club name
  13. I think it was actually supposed to look like the Spanish national team, not that that's an improvement.
  14. just split the difference and use AFC, imo.
  15. I'll elaborate with an opinion that nature of club sports in general allow for advertising- this means that franchise sports shouldn't have ads. Yes, MLS, this means you. (I'll make a small exception for sports which are niche enough that every dollar is necessary for the league to survive, so things like Major League Rugby, and arguably the WNBA are OK).