Indians are removing Chief Wahoo: Now what?

It was eventually going to happen and now we know when. The Cleveland Indians will remove Chief Wahoo from all of their uniform following this upcoming season. Wahoo, who has been used for decades has recently been deemed racist and there has been pressure to remove the logo.

I understand the move and I know that it had to be done. Now that the logo will have one more season, I wonder what the backlash will be now. Some may complain that they don’t want to wait a year. Some fans who love the logo will be disappointed that it will go away.

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Warriors have signed a jersey ad deal with Rakuten and I don’t like it

Well, did you expect me to like this?

The deal with the Japanese company for $20 million a year is the highest contract for jersey ads in the NBA. Of course the Warriors would do this.

Aside from the fact that jersey ads exist, the red doesn’t match with the white uniform. At least the blue jerseys feature the patch in white.

But still, it just looks like some random letter on the jersey. Oh well. This is the NBA we have right now.

The new NHL team is called the Vegas Golden Knights and I think it’s OK

Well, first of all, the video package they had couldn’t play during the reveal so that was a bummer since this is Las Vegas and putting on a good show is what the city is known for. The above is the video.

But anyway, it’s here!

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New logos for WWE’s RAW and Smackdown aren’t that great

Every now and then new logos are welcomed and the WWE is entering a new era, so new logos for the brand split makes sense.

But holy moly, does that RAW logo look bad. And you know why it looks bad. That “W” is basically the letter “M” upside down. Why? I don’t get it.

Smackdown isn’t great either. They’re calling it “Smackdown Live” going forward and I always viewed it as a blue-dominated logo. Yet looking at the logo, there is more white and gray than blue. Not that good.

But it’s minor and hoping that maybe in time I will get used to it. Well, not that RAW logo. That one still stinks.

New Florida Panthers identity isn’t that exciting for me

Chris Creamer has a great post about the new Florida Panthers’ look. I don’t have much to say but after checking his update and looking at what the Panthers have unveiled, here are some quick thoughts.

  • Fine, I get it. You want to the honor the military. You’re copying the same idea as the Jaguars with your crest logo. But in place of that jumping Panther? What a shame. I know that jumping Panther is on the helmet now, but that logo is superior to this.
  • I think it’s OK to copy the stripe across the chest that is similar to the Habs. In fact, that it looks good all things considered. But I just feel it’s unnecessary.
  • The addition of gold and the removal of their dark yellow is a downgrade for me. I like the a lot more and it fits well with the Sunshine State.
  • The sleeve patch I can do without. But it’s different than the traditional designs so I can roll with it. And having it different for captains will be interesting.
  • I like the laces. Still, there are way too many teams with laces but I like this modernized version.

Overall it’s a decent look but I am not jumping and celebrating it. It still feels a little plain to me and so traditional like. I guess with a previous look of a jumping panther I was hoping something would be “in-your-face” with this new look. But I don’t feel it.

MLB to go under big shift with Stance as official sock provider

With Stance being the official sock of the NBA, there has been a lot of buzz about the success of this partnership. Now Major League Baseball is joining in on the fun. Keep your eyes open during the All-Star Game.

Stance has become the official sock of Major League Baseball. That means, starting with the 2016 All-Star Game, every time you see a pair of socks on an MLB player, it will be a pair of Stance’s new high-quality Fusion Baseball line. The players take care of the game, and we take care of the players. And the fans, too.

Stance has already made its appearance in the regular season this year. I don’t think this was a marketing attempt by Stance, but Khris Davis of the Athletics has been wearing Stance socks already this year.

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Sacramento Kings officially unveil new logos and it could be better

We were informed in a post last week of what the Sacramento Kings’ new logo sets were going to look like. Today, we now know what the colors will be and how it will be used.

Let me say this first. The Kings have had an identity crisis for about 15 years. When they were the purple and black Kings who challenged the Lakers in the early 2000s, that was a neat identity. They tried to roll with it in the following years and had a lot of trouble establishing one whole identity. They were changing wordmarks and primary logos. They kept the same colors, but the whole identity as a mess.

Naturally since they have not established their look, making changes is easy. This is what we have now. The Kings deserve better and in an attempt to stay relevant, they have followed the trend of incorporating an old design to their identity. It’s not great but it’s what happens when a team is struggling to make an impact.

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