The Phoenix Suns this morning announced that the club would be wearing an advertisement patch on their dark, white, and two alternate jerseys effective the beginning of the 2018-19 regular season later this month. The company being advertised on the uniforms is PayPal.
This blue-and-darker blue PayPal logo patch will appear on the top-left corner of the Suns not-blue-at-all jersey opposite the Nike swoosh. As part of the deal with PayPal, fans will be able to make purchases at the Suns team shop at Talking Stick Resort Arena using their PayPal accounts which sounds like more trouble than it’s worth.
When the NBA announced they’d allow corporate advertisers on in-game uniforms they said it was to be a three-year trial program, we’re entering year two now so I presume the PayPal deal with the Suns is just for this season and the next at this time.
By my count there’s only five teams remaining who play advertiser-free entering the new season: Chicago, Houston, Indiana, Oklahoma City, and Washington… we’ll call these the cool kids.
Here’s the full list of NBA teams and their current jersey sponsors/corporate jersey partners.
Atlanta Hawks – ShareCare
Boston Celtics – GE
Brooklyn Nets – Infor
Charlotte Hornets – Lending Tree
Chicago Bulls – NONE
Cleveland Cavaliers – Goodyear
Dallas Mavericks – 5miles
Denver Nuggets – Western Union
Detroit Pistons – Flagstar
Golden State Warriors – Rakuten
Houston Rockets – NONE
Indiana Pacers – NONE
Los Angeles Clippers – Bumble
Los Angeles Lakers – Wish
Memphis Grizzlies – FedEx
Miami Heat – Ultimate Software
Milwaukee Bucks – Harley Davidson
Minnesota Timberwolves – Fitbit
New Orleans Pelicans – Zatarains
New York Knicks – SquareSpace
Oklahoma City Thunder – NONE
Orlando Magic – Disney
Philadelphia 76ers – StubHub
Phoenix Suns – PayPal
Portland Trail Blazers – Biofreeze
Sacramento Kings – Blue Diamond
San Antonio Spurs – Frost Bank
Toronto Raptors – Sun Life
Utah Jazz – 5 for the Fight
Washington Wizards – NONE