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Crayola Joins Forces with Minor League Baseball

Minor League Baseball is quickly racking up the hits. Just a few years ago, parent clubs were forcing their logo on their minor league cities to extend their brand. Fast forward to today and the tide has shifted to local sports logos that are being embraced like the El Paso Chihuahuas, Biloxi Shuckers and the Frisco Roughriders. This has led to record merchandise sales in 2015 and I’m sure it will continue to increase this year.

Now Minor League Baseball has announced a one of a kind partnership with Crayola making them a “Preferred Partner”.

The partnership will include a Crayola MILB All Star Experience and a lot of interactivity in local parks. I love the logo they created for the All Star Experience. The crayon crossing with bat with both the Crayola and MILB logo featured is a nice touch.

 

In their joint press release Mimi Dixon, Customer Development and Activation for Crayola said,  "Crayola is excited to be teaming up with Minor League Baseball," It's the first sports sponsorship of its kind for Crayola and we are planning to surprise and delight families next season with fun, color and creativity."

I love this partnership. Maybe it’s the sentimental part of me that remembers making sports logos with Crayons when I was a child. Using the blue for the Quebec Nordiques and the green and yellow for the Minnesota North Stars. Yes, I know, those teams are now in Colorado and Dallas. I’m showing my age.  I just picture little kids grabbing Crayola packs and drawing their favorite minor league logos like the Hartford Yard Goats or the Akron RubberDucks, two of my favorites.

Congrats to Minor League Baseball and Crayola on a unique partnership that I believe will help both brands.

While we may have not used crayons to create our very first Awesome Sports Logo, we came pretty close with what little we had. Even though this is our first logo, it’s still one of our favorites. Here is our Idaho Taters awesome t-shirt!

 
I love the double meaning of the potato and a nickname for a home run. I have to be honest, I was shocked when there wasn’t a baseball team in Idaho named the Taters. There is now and it gets rave reviews.
 
Don’t forget, you can pick up the Taters along with our other baseball teams, the Savannah Seamen, Boca Raton Cougars, Boston Accents, Decorah Trolls and many others by subscribing to our T-shirt of the Month Club. Unlike other t-shirt clubs that send you the t-shirt that they choose, you select the t-shirts that you want. You also pick the amount of months. You get free shipping and discount prices on the shirts. It’s an awesome deal and we hope you join so we can put a smile on your face when you go to the mailbox each month.

Thanks as always for reading,

Gavin Spittle

Founder, Logo Lover, Super Soft T-shirt Fanatic

Awesome Sports Logos

  

Awesome Father's Day Gifts

It’s almost that time of year again folks. The time to honor fathers everywhere is upon us. June 19 is right around the corner  and this year, make an exception not to scramble around for last minute gifts. Think of everything that Dad, or any of the male role models in your life, have done for you. When they put in the work, time and love, what better way to show your appreciation than a well thought out gift? We at Awesome Sports Logos are here to help you get Dad a super awesome, super soft gift. Several of our t-shirts are ideal for the occasion. Here are some AWESOME suggestions for any sports-loving dad:
 
Is baseball his game? Get him the gift that sends a message. We proudly present the Middleton Fingers.
 
 
 
There are many Middleton’s in the United States. In fact, Awesome Sports Logos founder Gavin Spittle grew up outside of Middleton, Massachusetts. We could give you a fancy explanation and try to spin it but let’s just say if we did an alternate logo of the Fingers, it would be for the birds. 
 
If you don’t think the Fingers are his taste, or if they are but you’re looking for yet ANOTHER awesome baseball tee to get Dad, how about our popular Idaho Taters t-shirt?
  
 
Many call Idaho the potato capital of the United States. In fact, the Idaho potato is the best-selling tater in the country, putting over 2.7 billion dollars back into the state’s economy. That’s a lot of taters! Speaking of that word, “taters” is a baseball term for home runs. “He has 23 taters on the year” or “That was a tater”. The Idaho Taters live up to their name hitting more home runs than anyone else in their league. Who wouldn’t want to wear a mean looking potato on their chest?
 
Is Dad more of a football fan?  If that’s the case, how about our best-selling Cocksville Blockers t-shirt!
 
 
Okay, we admit that this is a made up city, but how could we resist? This city name and logo go hand in hand. We were going to use Cockeysville, Maryland but that is pronounced much differently. This angry rooster will stop at nothing to get in your way and block any of your moves. Of course we’re talking about football moves, what were you thinking of? This Cocksville Blockers funny t-shirt is our best seller and for good reason. Only the best for Dad, right?
 
Is Pops into soccer? Well, we have the PERFECT super soft tee for any real soccer fan. The Arizona Pricks are mean,  and ready to become a closet favorite for Dad.
 
 
Cactus can be quite prickly, and no part of the United States features more cactus than the beautiful state of Arizona and its most prominent city, Phoenix. Phoenix also has a huge soccer (aka fútbol) following. We’ve teamed the two together to form the Arizona Pricks Awesome Sports Logo. Hard to believe that nature can be this funny, but there are actually cacti that look like man parts! This awesome tee is great to wear when you want to tell that certain person in your life what you really think of them... Instead of letting it out, Dad can just point to this awesome t-shirt! Where there are cacti, there are a lot of pricks. Your Dad can wear this t-shirt with pride!
 
No matter what sport your Dad likes, or what his personal style is, Awesome Sports Logos has a look for anyone. If you didn’t take a liking to any of our suggestions here, feel free to shop the rest of our super soft tees, and find the right one for Dad!
 
And if you REALLY want to go above and beyond, and score mega bonus points, get Dad the gift that keeps on giving. Sign him up for our t-shirt of the month club! We have 3, 6, 9, and 12 month options, allowing you to get Dad a super awesome, super soft tee month after month! You get a discounted rate plus free shipping, and Dad gets a surprise in the mail for however long you want him too!
 
Whatever you decide to get Dad this Father’s Day, make sure it comes with the most important gift you can give: your love and appreciation!
 
Happy early Father’s Day to all the Dads out there!
 
Thanks for stopping by.
 
STAY AWESOME!!
 
Blake Cole
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist

Brandiose is Bringing Back the Fun and Creativity to Sports Logos

The motto when I started Awesome Sports Logos was to bring the fun and creativity back to sports logos. Hopefully you have found several of our logos creative with some great local meaning behind them. That’s what logos should be about. 
 
I’ve been meaning to write about this company for a while because they deserve a lot of credit for what they have done. Brandiose is knocking it out of the park with some of their sports logos. You won’t see a bland logo come out of this company. Their logos are unique with rich local history. How do they know that history? Because they visit the market, speak with the teams and the locals. They do more than just a Google or Wikipedia search to find out the local history. Here are some of my favorite logos that Brandiose has come up with. 
 
The El Paso Chihuahuas
 
 
 
 Photos courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
Now one of the top selling Minor League Logos, it was awesome to fly into El Paso International Airport and see several stores proudly selling Chihuahuas merchandise.
 
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The Biloxi Shuckers
 
 
 
The original “Seafood Capital of the World is highlighted with this logo. It’s awesome how they made a mollusk look so serious.  Anyone can make a lion look ferocious but Brandiose can make an oyster look like a .330 hitter with some pop in that bat. 

The Spokane Indians
 

This once again highlights the diversity of Brandiose. This is a perfect example of embracing the culture and history of an area. This logo’s lettering is in Salish, the language of the Spokane Tribe.  In an era where many Indian logos are disappearing, this is a rare instance where the tribe gave their blessing on this logo. I’m fascinated with the Salish lettering and coupled with the history, this is what an Awesome Sports Logo is all about. 

The Akron RubberDucks
 
 
 
 
Akron is the Rubber Capitol of the World. I love the weaving in of a mean looking Rubber Duck with tire tracks. We had the same concept with our Akron Rubbers Logo when we made our racing t-shirt. 
 
Here are two of their latest projects, the Hartford Yard Goats and the Norfolk Tides.
 
 
 
Baseball is returning to Hartford for the first time since 1952. The new team did a “name the team” contest and Yard Goats was the choice. It was up to Brandiose to come up with the logo and to me, they nailed it. I especially love the logo colors. According the Yard Goats website, they pay tribute to the Hartford Whalers which I think is an awesome detail. 
 
Some were upset when the Norfolk Tides changed their logo. I can’t understand why. The wave sports logo to me was just there. I thought it was a really cool idea to embrace the history of the team by keeping the name but making the logo fresh and marketable. This logo also continues to embrace what Norfolk is all about. I can guarantee that merchandise sales will go up in Norfolk. 
 
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Kudos to you Brandiose! You are bringing back the fun and creativity back to sports logos and doing it the right way. We think you are awesome!
 
Of our baseball logos, the one we get asked, “Is that a real baseball team” is our Idaho Taters cool t-shirt. It was our first logo created and is still one of our favorites. You can pick up the Taters and add it to the list as part of our T-shirt of the Month Club.
 
 
 
Thanks as always for reading, you guys are awesome!
 
Happy New Year!!
 
Gavin Spittle
Founder, Logo Lover, T-shirt Wearer
Awesome Sports Logos

Major League Baseball's Safety Dilemna

Earlier this week, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, asked for all teams to extend the safety nettings in place. This request comes after a lawsuit was filed, claiming that the league was negligent in not requiring the netting to extend from home plate to each foul pole. Due to the high-profile attention the case is receiving, Manfred issued the request to all 30 Major League clubs.
 
The request is just that: a request. The commissioner is not mandating or requiring the change, but rather leaving the details up to each individual club to manage. He urges clubs to find ways to make their stadiums safer to all fans who enter, without losing the beloved watching experience they have come to expect.
 
According to the Commissioner’s Office, they have “retained a consultant specializing in stadium architecture and protective netting,” in order to assist the teams. The statement from the commissioner also includes a section asking teams to further educate fans on the hazards they may face inside the ballparks. Currently, most clubs use fine print on tickets, the occasional announcement and a few signs around the park.
 
The commissioner stated in an official press release, “Major League Baseball prides itself on providing fans in our ballparks with unparalleled proximity and access to our players and the game taking place on the field.”
 
While it is highly unlikely that a “perfect medium” between safety and experience exists, the commissioner must get as close to that standard as possible. Failing to find that equality could lead to hazardous consequences for the league.
 
Major League Baseball has to be careful how they approach this situation. They are walking a fine line, between safety and experience. Should a ball game become too unsafe, a majority of the fans will quit going out to stadiums. However, should the game become less of an immersive experience, you risk the same fate of losing those fans.
 
With more power hitters entering the league each season, balls are flying off bats at an even faster pace than in previous seasons. The risk of injury from a foul ball seems likely to grow with each season to come.
 
Speaking of power hitting, be sure to check out our Idaho Taters t-shirt.
 
 
They are slamming more homers than any other team in their league! Who wouldn’t want to wear a mean looking potato on their chest? This super soft Idaho sports logo t-shirt is awesome and a terrific addition to your wardrobe. Add them to your rotation in our t-shirt of the month club, which you can learn about here.
 
 
Thanks for reading and supporting us. You are awesome!!
 
Blake Cole
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist 
 
 
 
 

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