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1 minute ago, McCall said:

It's ok. I don't think any MLB team will try to get into the Big Ten anytime soon.

No, but they might want to be sponsored by Goodyear, LendingTree, or GE.

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28 minutes ago, Marlins93 said:

No, but they might want to be sponsored by Goodyear, LendingTree, or GE.

The only thing that's changing besides the template change is the logo goes from the sleeve to the chest. Everyone is freaking out about sponsorship but there's been no serious discussion I'm aware of that it's on the way.

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2 minutes ago, MJWalker45 said:

The only thing that's changing besides the template change is the logo goes from the sleeve to the chest. Everyone is freaking out about sponsorship but there's been no serious discussion I'm aware of that it's on the way.

I understand that, but I feel that it's inevitable on the current course. I consider that Big 10 logo to be a placeholder for what's to come.

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On 2/17/2019 at 1:35 PM, Marlins93 said:

A jersey like that can pass for NCAA but anything resembling it would be atrocious in MLB. The template, the swoosh, the placement of the Big 10 logo.

 

I don't want to sound like a stuffy traditionalist, but I genuinely feel that if that jersey style were imposed upon an MLB team, the Nike branding would overpower the team branding. It's going to be a sad day when field worn attire littered with swooshes screams NIKE more than RED SOX or YANKEES.

 

FWIW that’s a B1G thing, not Nike. Non Nike schools also feature the B1G logo.

 

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25 minutes ago, Brandon9485 said:

 

FWIW that’s a B1G thing, not Nike. Non Nike schools also feature the B1G logo.

 

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He's talking about location and size but that's a good point, it's not just a Nike thing it's a college thing.

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I'm talking more broadly about what MLB jerseys could look like on the horizon. If jerseys start featuring LendingTree logos where that Big Ten one is, MLB is to blame, not Nike. My point was that I think that this kind of thing can fly in NCAA sports, but those jerseys in the photo would look atrocious in MLB.

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Comparing NCAA teams wearing their conference patch to MLB getting jersey ads:

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1 hour ago, MJWalker45 said:

The only thing that's changing besides the template change is the logo goes from the sleeve to the chest. Everyone is freaking out about sponsorship but there's been no serious discussion I'm aware of that it's on the way.

 

yeah... but those are two pretty big (negative IMO) changes.

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If Maryland got rid of the pit stains on that jersey, it'd be a beautiful, slightly modern jersey (which baseball needs more of).

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On 2/15/2019 at 1:25 PM, OnWis97 said:

Three would be a reduction for most teams.

 

Thanks to the Yankees, Cubs, Red Sox, etc., I don't foresee the death of home and road designations like in the NBA.  I just cannot fathom the Yankees in gray at home hosting the Red Sox in white. 

 

Looking at the NFL and NBA takeovers, some possibilities might include:

  • More one-year uniforms...maybe even using the title "earned" for teams from the previous year's postseason.  
  • Maybe in place of "City" uniforms, they'll have "historic" fauxback type gimmicks.
  • One or two teams with a very "Nike" overhaul like the Seahawks and Bucs.  Maybe the Rockies?  Mariners?  D-Backs?

  

I think Nike's NBA takeover is much, much worse than its NFL takeover.  If I turn on a random NBA game, I frequently need extra looks to determine the teams or who's at home.  Teams too frequently dress in colors that have nothing to do with them, white vs. dark is not an indicator of who's at home, it's just kind of a mess.  The NFL takeover has been more of a mixed bag.  I think MLB will be more NFL-like, though the number of games could lead them to take step in the NBA direction.  But I really don't think you'll see white being worn by the road team (nor gray by the home team) and I am hopeful that we won't see too many non-team color combos like a purple Twins "Prince" uniform or a silver Pirates "Steel City" uniform.

I really believe that franchises such as the Mariners, D-backs,Rays and Marlins (even though they just changed) could benefit from an awesome nike overhaul equally to the Seahawks.  Those are franchises that have nothing to lose by doing it and could end up being a trend setter while at the sametime finally finding a branding to stick with that works. 

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