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Major League Ultimate, the newest professional ultimate league to pop-up, is having a contest to design logos for the league teams. The names are a little weird, but in my opinion, they do have potential for some great logos. I'm actually working on some logos if anybody wants to team up and potentially split the winnings. Anyway, more information is located here: http://mlultimate.com/team-logo-contest/

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Boston Bootleggers - "Bootleggers are the pirates of prohibition and Boston boasted their fair share. The fact that a few famous bootleggers made good in the end is an even better association for a city likely to compete at the top of the league."

DC Current - "The center of current events is cut through by the ever flowing current of the Potomac. The reference to electricity is also far from accidental as we see it representing the excitement of the games to be played in our nation’s capital."

New Jersey Founders - "Ultimate was born in the Garden State and that contribution deserves recognition. Without Maplewood, NJ and the first collegiate game between Rutgers and Princeton, the MLU might not exist. Here’s to the Founders."

NY Rumble - "This name is part Madison Square Garden and part West Side Story, but more importantly it represents the fight in the big apple. New York is a city that refuses to give up. It is a city fully prepared to throw down, to mix it up, to rumble."

Philadelphia Spinners - "The Spinners are the only MLU team to join the league with an existing name. The fanbase they built during their first season assured that the team’s name would carry over into 2013. We also like the reference to the famous R&B album credited with starting the Philadelphia Sound."

Portland Stags - "An unabashed reference to Portland’s White Stag Building and its iconic neon sign, this team name also accepts the mythological tone of its totem. The white stag is the ever elusive, adventure inspiring symbol of Arthurian Lore. It is a sign of great deeds to be done, and we expect nothing less from this team."

San Francisco Dogfish - "The dogfish is a shark species common in the San Francisco Bay area. While not the largest shark in the water, it is a speedy, undiscerning hunter. The dogfish earned its name from its tendency to hunt in packs, and we thought teamwork like that was a great qualification for a team name."

San Jose Black Hats - "The reference to the modern-day tech bad guys in an area renowned for technological development proved impossible to resist. The image of a driven, intelligent individual that can undermine your defenses seems a direct nod to the attack of a well-coached Ultimate team. If they also happen to be just a little unsavory and shrouded in shadow, we can work with that."

Seattle Rainmakers - "The Space Needle, Mt. Rainier, Pike’s Market. All of these are iconic features of Seattle, but none is as intimately associated with the city as its famous drizzle. This team has embraced the elements and is ready to drop the boom on all opponents. Make it rain."

Vancouver Nighthawks - "There is something about a nocturnal, predatory bird that’s hard not to like. Common to British Columbia, Nighthawks have an acrobatic, if erratic, flight pattern used to catch their quick, agile prey. They are also famous for the loud booming sound they are able to produce with their wings. It’ll be a surprise if we don’t hear some booming in the Vancouver stands next year."

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a major league for frisbee? okay, then

did i just read those names right? outside the box, but terrible.

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a major league for frisbee? okay, then

Yup. And hopefully it runs better than the other pro disc league the AUDL. About time ultimate gets a platform for more exposure.

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For those who didn't read the tiny fine print...

1. Initial entries must be submitted by email to logocontest01@mlultimate.com. The entries must be submitted

as a scalable vector graphic in EPS, PDF, or.AI format AND as a .JPG. See the Format Guidelines below for

further information.

2. The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant.

3. No limit to number of entries per entrant.

4. Entries must conform to the Submission Guidelines set out below. Entries which fail to do so may be rejected.

5. The deadline for Entries is midnight (one minute after 23:59) on December 3, 2012, Pacific Daylight Time.

6. We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt;; however, we do not guarantee a response.

7. Logo concepts may be utilized even if submitted logo is not. Entrants who’s concepts are used will be considered

contest winners.

8. There is no fee to enter the Contest

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As a word of warning from a designer who was commission's to redesign the lingerie football league a year or so back, then after proposal the league basically folded...be judicious with your time if you think getting your logo selected will lead to anything. Start up leagues ask for free/cheap logos because they have no budget. No budget= no $. No $ usually = no exposure or credit. But if you are still honing your craft, by all means, go for it.

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There really ought to be a restriction on a third-tier sport using the designation "major league".

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There really ought to be a restriction on a third-tier sport using the designation "major league".

Why? It's the most professional ultimate league to date.

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The Spinners had a logo and uniforms last year. I went to college with a guy on the team, and I remember seeing the sublimated mess of a jersey they had.

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As a word of warning from a designer who was commission's to redesign the lingerie football league a year or so back, then after proposal the league basically folded...be judicious with your time if you think getting your logo selected will lead to anything. Start up leagues ask for free/cheap logos because they have no budget. No budget= no $. No $ usually = no exposure or credit. But if you are still honing your craft, by all means, go for it.

I ran into the fellas with the Lingerie Football League as well, this was in their early days. They wanted all work done on spec with the 'promise' of much publicity in front od th elikes of "Mt. Dew, Nike" etc etc... that would obviously pay off much larger than what I would charge them. After creating some concepts for their player trading cards and telling them the fees to do all teams they came back with the "we wanted it for free", I said no thanks.

Never again... do NO work until you have a signed agreement.

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Wow, I just went to their facebook page to check out some of the submitted logos... Yikes. Out of about 90 of them, there's 1 that's actually really good. Maybe 2 that are okay. The rest are very very bad.

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Called the "designer" out on this logo, that it looks too much like the Atlanta Hawks logo.

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His response:

I actually didn't even know atlanta changed their logo. But its the similar style and you can't be sued for having a similar style. I can point out multiple things that are different. The mouth is open. There are shading effects to the top of the beak, top of the bird, and around leaf end. The black eyebrow area is smooth and pointed at the end. There is a curl next to the eye. And the obvious color changes.

Come again, stupid?

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Also, does anybody have the skills to make a transparent Hawks logo over his design that highlights the similarities? There are some people who refuse to believe they're similar.

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Called the "designer" out on this logo, that it looks too much like the Atlanta Hawks logo.

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His response:

I actually didn't even know atlanta changed their logo. But its the similar style and you can't be sued for having a similar style. I can point out multiple things that are different. The mouth is open. There are shading effects to the top of the beak, top of the bird, and around leaf end. The black eyebrow area is smooth and pointed at the end. There is a curl next to the eye. And the obvious color changes.

Come again, stupid?

well thats what comes with spec work. you get what you pay for. and since you're not paying anything . . .

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well thats what comes with spec work. you get what you pay for. and since you're not paying anything . . .

You mean I can't feed my family on Facebook Likes and frisbee tickets?

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Somebody already provided the evidence:

CopiedLogo.jpg

The perpetrator, who claims to be a "graphic design major" now claims that some of us were out of line for calling him a liar, an artistic thief, and a graphic designer with bad form. Kids these days.

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Shape of the beak, the little flourish of the red above the beak, the empty eye socket look, the angle of the head and the general flow of the outlines around the beak and front of the face are all nearly identical. I don't think the 'designer' (lol) traced, but he was clearly using the Atlanta Hawks logo as his referenc ethe entire time he was drawing that bird.

*edit* Or maybe he DID actually trace it!

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Lord have mercy, there's a lot of crappy clip art theft in that selection of "logos".

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Shape of the beak, the little flourish of the red above the beak, the empty eye socket look, the angle of the head and the general flow of the outlines around the beak and front of the face are all nearly identical. I don't think the 'designer' (lol) traced, but he was clearly using the Atlanta Hawks logo as his referenc ethe entire time he was drawing that bird.

*edit* Or maybe he DID actually trace it!

The best part is his friends coming to defend him, saying things like this:

just because you see a similarity of one design in another doesn't mean that its been ripped from someone else. Of all the thousands of logos that are out there of course things are gonna be similar. so to accuse someone of ripping a design doesn't hold much merit, just because you see a similarity. cmon now. this is supposed to be a good thing in the ultimate community, its great that we can all come up with ideas for the MLU; dont label this as fraud, lotta hard work and thought goes into the creation of artwork like these

So, not only is the designer pretty stupid, but so are his friends.

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