Best, Worst New Logos of 2012 As Chosen By SportsLogos.Net Users

Written By:  •  Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!  We’re looking forward to getting 2013, our 16th (holy smokes!) year underway, but first we gotta take a look back at 2012.

Over the past year we’ve seen many new logos and uniforms make their debut and as they have we’ve encouraged our readers to go rate them on a scale of 1-to-10 over on the main SportsLogos.Net site.  So here, on the final day of the year, are the highest and lowest rated logos according to the visitors of SportsLogos.Net.

Logos must have been made their in-game debut between January 1 and December 31, 2012 and have received a minimum of 35 votes to qualify — basically this means those new baseball logos unveiled for the 2013 season will only be included in the 2013 rankings next year.  The score out of ten for each logo is listed next to it in parenthesis.

 

TOP 10 NEW SPORTS LOGOS OF 2012

1. Toronto Blue Jays, AL (9.29/10)

2. Orlando Solar Bears, ECHL (8.39/10)

3. 2012 MLB All-Star Game (8.35/10)

4. Atlanta Braves, NL (8.33/10)
5. San Diego Padres, NL (8.10/10)
6. Utah State Aggies, NCAA (8.09/10)
7. Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL (8.00/10)

8. Carolina Panthers, NFL (7.95/10)
9. Baltimore Orioles, AL (7.92/10)
10. Minnesota Stars FC, NASL (7.88/10)

 

 

BOTTOM 10 NEW SPORTS LOGOS OF 2012

1. London 2012 Summer Olympics (2.68/10)

2. Super Bowl XLVI, NFL (3.35/10)

3. 2012 AHL All-Star Classic (3.47/10)

4. Miami Marlins, NL (3.51/10)
5. Tampa Bay Rowdies, NASL (4.43/10)
6. 2012 CHL Memorial Cup (4.56/10)
7. Brooklyn Nets, NBA (4.60/10)

8. San Francisco Bulls, ECHL (4.61/10)
9. Bluefield Blue Jays, Appalachian League (5.05/10)
10. York Revolution, Atlantic League (5.07/10)

 

There you have it, the Best and Worst new logos of 2012 as rated by you, the readers of SportsLogos.Net.  Be sure to keep on voting to have your voices heard in 2013 by visiting the site and clicking on the stars to the left of each logo.

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  • Steve Cramsie

    Blue Jays logo came in first place? No waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. -_-

    lol

  • http://thelefthandedviewofmusicbydal.wordpress.com James A. Johnson

    I am sorry but I think that the Brooklyn Nets’ logo should have been, at the very least, at # 2.

  • Kevin Joseph

    I’m blushing over here.

    • http://www.zazzle.com/diaryoffools TajMcCall

      Had no idea you were behind this, but not surprised in retrospect. Well done, Kev.

      -Sean

  • Matthew Schilling

    I 100% agree that the Toronto Blue Jays are the clear-cut winner of best logo of 2012! On that note, how is it possible that a slight variation of that gold-winning logo is ranked as one of the worst of 2012? I don’t get it!

    • Brian Jud

      I find that extremely interesting as well.

      • Chris Creamer

        Simple, people judge logos based off more than just what looks nice, the users of this site aren’t any different… this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. History plays a huge role in determining what’s appealing to people. The Toronto Blue Jays logo is based off of a logo that the fans of that team, city, and country identified with for over 20 years while experiencing the highest of highs a fan base can with any single franchise. It’s exactly what their hungry fans had been wishing would be returned since everything about it (logo, mascot, colour scheme, even the font) was destroyed in 2004. The Bluefield Blue Jays logo is based off of a 20 year old logo from a team and city about 1000 km away and located in another nation, the area had been known previously as the Bluefield Orioles for 53 years prior to this and had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the championship Toronto Blue Jays teams of the early 1990′s. Aside from the historical and emotional factors, the logo simply doesn’t look as good, they ripped out a pretty significant design element (the maple leaf) and replaced it with… nothing, leaving the logo looking empty especially when you’re already very used to the Major League version.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bjbrew Brandon J Brewster

    Solar Bears? That’s badass

  • Wes Burdine

    This is a joke, right? How is that Orlando Solar Bears’ logo good? Also, what the f*ck is a solar bear?

  • Kevin Joseph

    That Solar Bears logo is fantastic.

  • Robert Cohen

    Interesting that the Blue Jays logo is top and worst, albeit for different teams within the organizations and in a slightly different form.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dar92885 Derek Reese

    ^It is! Very nice reboot for them. Also Rowdies lolololol

  • Wes Burdine

    ….. That solar bears logo will be sued by the year 1993 for copyright infringement. It is an abomination. I award it no points and may god have mercy on its soul.

  • Kevin Joseph

    Y’all can just ignore Wes; he hates everything. :P

  • Joe Herman

    Way to go KJ

  • Roger C.

    Some of the “worst” logos were kind of a joke. I can’t take this list seriously.

    • Chris Creamer

      I’d love to hear why you can’t take the list seriously… it’s what logo fans have rated over the course of the year. I didn’t promote it as anything more or less. I can’t help that you can’t handle reality.

  • Logan R

    how is one bluejays logo #1 and almost the same one is the ninth worst?

    • Chris Creamer

      Simple, people judge logos based off more than just what looks nice, the users of this site aren’t any different… this shouldn’t be much of a surprise. History plays a huge role in determining what’s appealing to people.

      The Toronto Blue Jays logo is based off of a logo that the fans of that team, city, and country identified with for over 20 years while experiencing the highest of highs a fan base can with any single franchise. It’s exactly what their hungry fans had been wishing would be returned since everything about it (logo, mascot, colour scheme, even the font) was destroyed in 2004.

      The Bluefield Blue Jays logo is based off of a 20 year old logo from a team and city about 1000 km away and located in another nation, the area had been known previously as the Bluefield Orioles for 53 years prior to this and had absolutely no connection whatsoever to the championship Toronto Blue Jays teams of the early 1990′s. Aside from the historical and emotional factors, the logo simply doesn’t look as good, they ripped out a pretty significant design element (the maple leaf) and replaced it with… nothing, leaving the logo looking empty especially when you’re already very used to the Major League version.

  • madpanda

    Always loved the original Blue Jays logo, nice upgrade for it. Though, there should be two categories: original, and retooled (Blue Jays, Orioles).

    Don’t mess with the Solar Bear, dude! He’ll beat you to death, eat you, have a mojito chaser and chill out on the beach…all before game time!

    …and where are the London Rippers?

    • Chris Creamer

      The Rippers are neither in the Top 10 or the Bottom 10. Their rating was 7.21/10 which puts them closer to the top of the list than the bottom.

      • madpanda

        Close, but not close enough…them and the Flying Squirrels should get an “originality award” or something!

  • Kyle Richard

    Suck it, Rowdies.

    • NatureGuy

      That there is certainly no accounting for taste and/or judgement is obvious with regard to the logo’s which were selected as being at the top or bottom. Maybe those at Sportslogo’s began celebrating the New Year a bit too early??

      • Chris Creamer

        Didn’t bother reading the post eh?

  • Chris Creamer

    These are the highest rated logos by the people who have visited the site over the last 12 months. This isn’t any one individual person’s best and worst list, I simply looked at all the ratings for all the new logos of the year and put them in order of highest rated to lowest rated. Several hundred anonymous people rating among thousands of logos.

  • wolfgangII

    Great list. I will look for it next year. What about an uniform list? We have all-star games, football college week by week new gear, european soccer new kits and the Seahawks new uniform. One curios question: why 35 votes? why not 50 or 25?

    • Chris Creamer

      Thanks, be sure to get on the site and vote on new logos for 2013! As for your questions, I looked at doing a top uniforms list but realized we were missing many on the site (and therefore they were unable to be rated)… logos, however, we’re plentiful in. First cut-off was 50 but it was eliminating too many minor league teams, so I lowered it to 35. No real science behind why I picked the numbers.

  • Jason

    The AHL All Star Game was held in AC this past year?

  • agege

    The SF Bulls aren’t that bad.

  • HockeyLover

    The Solar Bears is not very good and the Padres sucks. The SF Bulls logo is cool. And what’s so different about the Bluejays logo? Looks a lot like the old one….

  • http://www.facebook.com/cammie.nelson.3 Cammie Nelson

    Happy new Year Chris!!

  • http://google.com Matthew Garry

    Chris, is there any way to view the top rated logos/uniforms of all time? I think it would be interesting to see.

    • Chris Creamer

      A page on the main site with these rankings is on the “to-do” list, stay tuned

  • Bill A

    I guess the Reading Fightin’ Phils logo was so ugly it shocked the voters into repressing their memory of it.

    • Chris Creamer

      The Fightin’ Phils logo will be included in the 2013 rankings

  • Alex Giobbi

    Why is Brooklyn’s logo in the bottom ten? It is easily a top ten logo. Oh and the Orlando Solar Bears logo is easily deserving of a top ten nomination…said no one ever.

    • Bruce

      The Nets logo looks nice, but anyone could design that simple of a logo

      • Aaron

        The Nets logo looks fine as it is. Especially with the court design. The Marlins logo, well if you eliminate the yellow and make the teal more rampad with the orange splash and replace black with black teal, it wouldn’t look bad. I totally glad they rated the Toronto Blue Jays at the top, but it wasn’t necessary to include the Bluefield Blue Jays in any category considering the similarities. The Padres swinging friar looks good in any colour, however they should be reverting back to brown, orange and gold just like most other teams have.

    • Chris Creamer

      “Said no one”… other than the hundreds of people who voted it that high. Brooklyn’s is in the bottom ten because several hundred people voted it that low.

  • Ben Foster

    I’m suprised that the Orioles logo is below 8/10. None the less, still glad it’s above 5/10!

  • Jj

    2013 voting starts now, hardly any new logos…

    • Chris Creamer

      Not a lot, but you do have the Houston Astros, and all sorts of Minor League Baseball teams who have already unveiled for 2013. We’ll see more as the year goes on.

  • Justin

    So ironic that the Toronto Blue Jays got best new logo and their affiliate got one of the worst. :-P