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Jacksonville Jaguars have new logo for 2013

February 17, 2013

via ESPN:

740995The Jacksonville Jaguars have a new logo to signify a new era.

New video boards, which will cost about $50 million and will be the largest in the NFL, are next.

Billionaire owner Shad Khan, team president Mark Lamping, general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley unveiled the redesigned logo Tuesday, a minor facelift for a franchise that’s making major changes.

“If the Jacksonville Jaguars are truly to experience a rebirth, it was time for a new logo,” Khan said. “Not a radical change. We wanted to find the right look that was faithful to the past and respects the players and the fans, and also bring unmistakably a new energy to the Jaguars franchise.

“Our new symbol for a new generation.”

The new logo, which comes on the heels of hiring Caldwell and Bradley following a 2-14 season, maintains traditional colors (black, teal and gold) and offers a more realistic and fierce jaguar head.

“Now that’s a cool cat,” Khan said.

The Jaguars also released their theme for 2013 — “Stand United” — and announced tickets prices for next season as well as a series of fan forums.

Jaguars_primary_new_logo_16Arguably the biggest news of the day came with the release of concept drawings for the massive video boards, which would top those in Houston and Dallas. They are slated to be ready by the 2014 season, although the city of Jacksonville still has to approve the plans and organize funding.

“We want EverBank Field to be a destination where people are going to come to see it,” Khan said.

Whether stadium upgrades and re-branding efforts help generate more revenue remains to be seen. The Jaguars rank 29th in the league in local revenue, a significant drop over a 16-year span.

Jacksonville ranked second in that category during its inaugural season in 1995.

“We need to fix this,” Lamping said. “If we do not, we threaten the financial stability of the franchise in Jacksonville. … Whether it’s the National Football League or any other business, you have to compete economically. And to believe that local revenue is not important, then people are ignoring what is happened in the National Football League over the last 10 years.

“To believe that somehow you can be satisfied and be competing on equal footing with every other National Football League team by being at the bottom, I think that’s not true.”

In hopes of increasing revenue, the Jaguars are implementing a strategic price increase for season tickets. Although 80 percent of season tickets remain the same price for 2013, the team increased prices for low-cost, high-demand seats.

The team also plans to create all-inclusive ticket packages as well as on-field seating for next season.

“We know the No. 1 thing we have to do is put a better team on the field for our fans, but you can’t expect that your focus can only be on it,” said Lamping, who is charged with the business side of a franchise that has missed the playoffs 11 times in the last 13 years. “That needs to be No. 1, but there’s other things we need to do to allow us to compete, because every team is trying to win.

“To somehow believe that one team is going to win each and every year and that’s going to address all their issues, that’s not realistic.”

This is going to be like the Detroit Lions a few years back. They change the logo, try to get a fierce presence in the league so people will start caring about them, and then retool their franchise to be productive. I think the Jaguars have promise at certain positions but they need to start focusing on other areas. They need an offensive line, a bunch of secondary players, a new defensive line, and one more wide receiver. If they handle this through the draft and through free agency than they can make it to the playoffs in 2013 just like the Colts did this season. They need to get back to a ground and pound mentality when Jack Del Rio was head coach. They had Fred Taylor and MJD carrying the ball 40 times and getting big regular season plus postseason wins. If they retool those areas that I mentioned, there should be no reason why the Jaguars can’t run with the AFC South next season…

Tebowmania is so big, even brands are fighting over him!

March 28, 2012

Tebowmanina is not something that goes on for a week or a day like Linsanity was with the Knicks, but it’s a year long process. Last week, Tebow was dealt to the Jets for a few picks and some cash consideration but over 32 television stations and twice the number of reporters were there on hand for the back-up quarterbacks press conference. That’s right, I said it. BACK-UP quarterback. But if you think the Jets were crazy, here is what Nike and Reebok got into over the past few days.

Nike Inc. claimed in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that Reebok International Ltd. has used Tebow’s name on Jets-related apparel without permission since it was announced last week that Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to New York. The Tebow trade occurred just before Nike replaces Reebok on Sunday as the supplier of NFL team uniforms.

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, claims that Reebok misappropriated publicity rights, interfered with business relationships and unjustly enriched itself because it failed to get Tebow’s permission before launching the new products.

Reebok, based in Canton, Mass., did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment. The lawsuit said Reebok did not respond to demands to cease Tebow apparel sales after a Tebow representative sent a letter to the company on Friday.

Reebok is a subsidiary of Adidas AG.

According to the lawsuit, new Nike-supplied uniforms for all 32 NFL teams will be unveiled next week in New York City, kicking off a five-year deal for Nike to be the league’s exclusive provider of on-field apparel, including game uniforms and sideline apparel. Reebok had been the supplier for the last decade.

The lawsuit said demands for Tebow-related Jets apparel was intense last week during a normally subdued time for NFL merchandise sales.

It said Nike, based in Beaverton, Ore., believes Reebok was shipping large volumes of Tebow-related apparel products to retailers for sale to the public this week, damaging Nike’s ability to capitalize on a “unique and short-lived opportunity.”

The lawsuit added that it was unlikely that a consumer who buys an unauthorized Tebow jersey or T-shirt from Reebok this week will purchase an authorized Tebow item from Nike next week.

Honestly, this is just ridiculous. The deal between the companies is changing in weeks and everyone has to get locked up in this brand new controversy over nothing. To go to court over a simple thing as the wrong jersey is a bad issue but because it was Tebow, it was the biggest thing since sliced bread. I think Tebow is a great role model and a great person to look up to on and off the football field but to put this much controversy into something as little as a football jersey is insane. What goes on in the marketing and news world of sports is crazy enough and adding this Tebow story to the mix only makes people scratch their heads. All of this for a Wild Cat formation quarterback? I don’t understand…