An interesting article on foxsports.com about the NBA logo which is, outside of the Olympic rings and the Nike “swoosh,” the world’s most recognizable sports emblem.
To many observers, the logo is a slam-dunk success. Designed by Alan Siegel and first unveiled in 1969, the image of a silhouetted player dribbling to the hole against a groovy red-and-blue background is ubiquitous: it appears on every uniform of every player, on every backboard in every NBA arena and on every piece of league-licensed merchandise, which generates a very groovy $3 billion in annual revenues.
To others, the logo is an anachronism. Today’s players don’t wear tight shorts; most don ultra-baggy uniforms and a great many of them have tattoos. In a league whose players are predominantly African-American and where so many of the players (despite race) relate to hip-hop music and/or its cultural significance, “Mr. Clutch” no longer seems to personify the on-court or off-court stylings of the NBA.
The logo, it appears, is stuck in the middle. Is it the ultimate badge of basketball excellence, as represented by a white player who was a perennial All-Star back in the day? Is it a timeless graphic-design icon that, after 35 years, can still serve as the public symbol for the league’s global marketing campaigns, from Baja to Beirut to Beijing? Or is it as dated as the set shot?
Read full article here.