Mark Cuban has bad taste in uniform design and here’s proof

Remember when Mark Cuban opened up this uniform design contest and it got me all riled up because he was devaluing his fanbase? It looks like he has made his decision on what the final 10 designs will be and it’s up to us to vote for the winner.

And the biggest problem with these designs? They all suck.

We have some with just logos slapped onto the front. We have a couple that are ripoffs from old Sonics and Nuggets jerseys.  And some that just are too cluttered.

I have no idea what Cuban is thinking and having these as the potential alternate for the Mavericks is really sad. Could these even be marketable? Would any of these be easy to reproduce?

What initially was a bad idea has now gotten worse. This is not going to end well.

Mark Cuban’s uniform contest and devaluing the value of his team’s fanbase

Mark Cuban may be one of the smartest owners in sports, but his latest move has gotten some fans questioning his morals.

If you haven’t heard the story, Mark Cuban is sourcing the Mavericks fans for ideas on a new uniform design. This isn’t uncommon in sports and it’s a pretty great way to get the fans involved. The only problem with this promotion is that Cuban isn’t giving much of a compensation for the design that ends up being chosen.

Here are his rules for the contest.

Who will own your design ? The minute you post it, the Mavs will. If you think its horrible that the Mavs own your design. Do not post. If you think its cool that the Mavs could possibly use your design and you will have eternal bragging rights , then post away. If we really like your design and you , I may even throw in some tickets. If we don’t use your design, it will still be here on this site for now and ever more for you to glance longingly at. If your design is close , if not identical to other designs and we pick one of the other designs, for whatever reason, then thats just the way it goes.

The easy argument is that if you submit the design, you know what you’re getting into. And I agree with that. Designers struggle to get recognized in the business and they have to pick and choose their opportunities. Despite the chance to design an international brand, the lack of compensation might not be worth the time and effort.

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ESPN is holding a baseball uniform tournament and the seeding is all wrong

Vote as your heart desires!

EDIT: 10:12AM — The second round is already up.

Check out the uniform contest ESPN is holding right now. They’re ranking all MLB uniforms and putting them against each other in a tournament style bracket.

The idea is fine and the concept actually is pretty unique, but the seeding has me all confused left and right.

First of all, why do the Tigers and Cardinals have first round byes? What criteria got them that spot? Is it just tradition and looks? I don’t think the Tigers set is stronger than the Yankees. The Cardinals maybe, but no free passes for either teams please.

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New Era’s Back to Football Photo Day contest gives you a chance to become face of the 49ers

Click image to enter.

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New Era, the official on-field headwear of the National Football League, is teaming up with the NFL to launch the Back to Football Photo Day contest.

This means is that 49ers fans will now have the chance to join the ranks of Colin Kaepernick and Patrick Willis to also become THE face of the 49ers.

The contest is live at www.speakwithyourcap.com and through New Era’s Facebook page. Quite simply, all you need to do is submit photos of yourself showcasing how you as a 49ers fan personally “speak with your cap.”  Whether you wear your cap sideways, backwards or flexed at the brim, show how you are bringing your own style to the game.

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MLB account goes private for contest and it unleashes some angry fans to respond

MLB is doing another contest for their followers. They have made their account private (courtesy of a sponsorship with BlackBerry) so only followers can enter the contest.

The answer is “crying” obviously. But because of the backlash of the two most recent umpiring snafus, it has led to some fans to respond with answer that insults the umpiring situation in Major League Baseball. And there are other issues that were discussed.

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To give away free prizes to followers, Twitter account of @MLB goes private

For six hours, @MLB goes private.

This is a first ever that I’ve seen. The official Twitter account of Major League Baseball (@MLB) has gone to private status for six hours (starting at noon Eastern today) for several contests for their loyal followers.

So what exactly is going on? Here are the tweets MLB had public before they went private.

– Last call! Get on the #MLBMembersOnly list by following us. RT so your friends don’t get stuck waiting in line when we go private.

– The doors are closed and the @MLB account is officially private and we want to reward YOU. The next SIX HOURS are all about

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