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Colleges "Stealing" Professional Wordmarks/Logos


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I just noticed the Missouri Tigers completely copied the old Florida Marlins font for their wordmark:

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How often do you think this kind of thing happens? Any other examples you can think of?

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hi-res-136416103_crop_650x440.jpg?1345776454 Georgia using the packers G

well... no one really knows who had the logo first.... unless someone has some proof i've never seen

Cue the Georgia/Packer side conversation. Again.

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At the big-time college level, I would think it's rare, as most of the schools have big-money deals with athletic companies who don't want to piss off their other clients. I imagine where there's a wordmark used, in-house counsel at the designer gets a license to clear up any issues.

Speaking of which, Virginia Tech:

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Now, at the high school level and lower colleges, I'm sure outright stealing happens all the time. My own high school ripped off a pro team with impunity, and I believe it still does so.

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I had no idea this type of thing was so prevalent in baseball. Rhode Island, Missouri, and TCU should be ashamed. The others, I'm going to assume, were one-off type things and the designs are so out of date who knows what the ownership situation is.

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The VT/Astros uni and the "UVA"/Sox uni are bad ass.

I would hope you started to type this before seeing that Tulane birds on bat.

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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee used the Brewers' old "Germanic" wordmark, but I understand that was with permission after the Brewers changed their logos.

I didn't even know about that... frankly, I wish they'd just brand the entire athletic program with the old germanic fonts.

We also used a "Panthers" version of the Padres script not too long ago, but there's nothing on Google images with it.

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The VT/Astros uni and the "UVA"/Sox uni are bad ass.

I would hope you started to type this before seeing that Tulane birds on bat.

LOL, Actually I did. When I saw the Tulane pic after I posted my first thought was, "Wow, that's pretty bad ass, too."

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I had no idea this type of thing was so prevalent in baseball. Rhode Island, Missouri, and TCU should be ashamed. The others, I'm going to assume, were one-off type things and the designs are so out of date who knows what the ownership situation is.

I never even noticed that back when they were supplied by Under Armour.

This season was the first season with Nike, and they just have a generic wordmark on all their jerseys now.

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All of these examples are more "inspired by" than "stolen", and I applaud all of them. There's some real creativity in adaptation here, and I love the Boilers sledgehammer-instead-of-tomahawk as much as I love Tulane's birds

I'll respect any opinion that you can defend.

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