2018 Creamer Awards: Finalists Announced for Best New Sports Logos of the Year

Written By:  •  Monday, December 17, 2018

Welcome to the 7th edition of the Creamer Awards, the annual celebration of the best new sports logos over the past twelve months!

Today we’re announcing the ten finalists in each of our four categories: Best Primary Logo, Best Alternate Logo, Best Event Logo, and a new category for 2018 celebrating the Best Promo Logo acknowledging those temporary re-brands which seem to be the “in” thing (throughout the minor leagues at least) these days.

A reminder that only logos which made their in-game début in 2018 are eligible for these awards, so the new Miami Marlins and those Rocket City Trash Pandas? You’ll have to come back in 2019 to see how they fared.

And now, the finalists…

2018 Best Primary Logo of the Year

Clockwise from top

Newfoundland Growlers, ECHL
Tampa Tarpons, FSL
Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod, KHL
Stetson Hatters, NCAA
Gwinnett Stripers, IL
Los Angeles FC, MLS
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, USL
Jacksonville Dolphins, NCAA
William & Mary Tribe, NCAA
Augusta Greenjackets, SAL

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2018 Best Alternate Logo of the Year

Clockwise from top

Greeneville Reds, Appy League
Carolina Hurricanes, NHL
Gwinnett Stripers, IL
William & Mary Tribe, NCAA
Denver Nuggets, NBA
Hudson Valley Renegades, NYPL
Capital City Go-Go, NBA G-League
Los Angeles FC, MLS
Tampa Tarpons, FSL
Jacksonville Dolphins, NCAA

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2018 Best Promo Logo of the Year

Clockwise from top

Pawtucket Red Sox (Pawtucket Hot Weiners)
Buffalo Bisons (Buffalo Wings)
Charleston RiverDogs (Charleston Boiled Peanuts)
Staten Island Yankees (Staten Island Pizza Rats)
Eugene Emeralds (Monarcas de Eugene)
Hickory Crawdads (Hickory Crawmoms)
Bowie BaySox (Chesapeake Cangrejos Fantasmas)
San Antonio Missions (Flying Chanclas de San Antonio)
Vermont Lake Monsters (Vermont Maple Kings)
Albuquerque Isotopes (Mariachis de Nuevo México)

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2018 Best Event Logo of the Year

Clockwise from top

MLB All-Star Game – Washington, DC
CFL Grey Cup – Edmonton, AB
KHL All-Star Game – Astana, KAZ
NHL All-Star Game – Tampa, FL
NCAA Women’s Final Four – Columbus, OH
NHL Stadium Series – Annapolis, MD
NHL Winter Classic – New York, NY
AHL Outdoor Classic – Hershey, PA
ECHL All-Star Classic – Indianapolis, IN
NCAA Men’s Final Four – San Antonio, TX

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Winners will be selected by a team of thirteen judges, the ten logos in each category are ranked by each judge and a point system based on those rankings is used to determine the winners. Twelve judges have already been selected and received their ballots, our thirteenth judge is you! Just fill out the ballot here and we’ll use the combined results of the 13th judges ballots to cast that final vote in each category.

This year’s judges are…

Brodie Brazil, NBC Sports California
Maury Brown, Forbes
Paul Caputo, SportsLogos.Net & author of “The Story Behind the Nickname”
Chris Creamer, SportsLogos.Net
Tyler Kepner, New York Times & author of “K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches” (2019)
Paul Lukas, ESPN & UniWatch
Tim Newcomb, SportsLogos.Net, PopMerch, Forbes and more
Rob Neyer, Commissioner of the West Coast League & author of Power Ball
Jay Onrait, co-host of TSN’s SC with Jay and Dan
Clark Rasmussen, DetroitHockey.Net & FantasyHockeySim.com
Ray Ratto, NBC Sports Bay Area
Jesse Spector, Dealbreaker, Guardian Sport and much more
Greg Wyshynski, ESPN & co-host of the Puck Soup Podcast

And you!

Winners are scheduled to be announced by the end of the week, stay tuned for that and don’t forget to cast your ballot!


Take a look back at some of the past Creamer Awards winners here!



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Chris Creamer is the founder of SportsLogos.Net and has been maintaining it since June 1997. You can follow him on Twitter at @sportslogosnet or contact him via email at ccreamer@sportslogos.net