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The Top 10 Worst Sports Logos

Sports logos define a team. Not only do they go along with the colour scheme of a team’s uniform, but they represent an organization. They represent the players, the fans and identify the future goals the team has.

The following are symbols that haven’t seen positive reviews. The teams may have won many games while wearing these logos, but they didn’t win over the creative minds of individuals around the world.

But as any sports fan should know, a timeless logo always has a hideous step-brother that’s eventually stashed away forever.

 

Worst Sports Logo #10. The Idea Was There...

Believe it or not, this interesting design has been used as the New York Jets alternate logo since 2002. From one point of view it looks like an angry face, but others have said it’s actually an airplane (curvy line) landing on a football. Go figure.

 

Worst Sports Logo #9. Making A Trail

Considering their mascot is a mountain lion, it’s hard to see the concept behind this logo used by the Portland Trail Blazers . Supposedly, the pinwheel-looking logo is a graphic representation of two five-on-five basketball teams lined up against each other. Still looks like ten squiggly lines.

 

Worst Sports Logo #8. Odd Logo For A Historic Team

Before the original logo so many people have to come to love, the Boston Red Sox used this creation from 1950-1959. It is a rather unique design of a red sock, but the yellow bat, yellow headband and rather large chin throw it off.

 

Worst Sports Logo #7. Miniature In Size, Big In Weirdness

The Cleveland Browns are notorious for their plain logo of an ordinary helmet, but they actually used more detailed illustrations in the past. From 1950-1959, the team used this as their primary logo. The design’s relationship to the Browns is that it’s a “Brownie”, a mythical being similar to an elf.

 

Worst Sports Logo #6. Giving A Rugged Look To Fishermen

The New York Islanders were looking to give their logo and look a makeover but were unsuccessful with this graphic. Despite looking a bit more sophisticated with the times, the fisherman, along with the new team colours, was hated by fans everywhere. Maybe it’s because the fisherman had a serious tan going for himself.

 

Worst Sports Logo #5. A Little Bit Too Suave

Despite looking like the Fabio of pirates everywhere, this logo was used by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1976-1996. It solidified the organization, but made fans feel weird with the uncomfortable winking.

 

Worst Sports Logo #4. A Lego-Like Skyline

Combining rainbows and building blocks may not be a good thing, but it didn’t matter as the Denver Nuggets used this logo from 1982-1993. Maybe the creators were hooked on the game of Tetris.

 

Worst Sports Logo #3. What Is That?

No one knows for sure, but it doesn’t look like people cared about sports logos in the 1900s. For one year only (1916), the Chicago Cubs used this odd design as their primary logo. The unusual aspect of it is that the figure in the middle is supposed to be a bear. Had anyone ever seen what a bear looked like back then?

 

Worst Sports Logo #2. True Disney Fashion

Instead of using their traditional logo, the Anaheim Mighty Ducks used this for their alternate jersey in 1996. The cartoon television show may have been a hit for children, but having Wild Wing on a hockey jersey is just embarrassing.

 

Worst Sports Logo #1. Lonely At The Top

Whether or not the tiger is confused or depressed, this poorly-drawn logo was used by the Detroit Tigers from 1927-1928. Not only does it show that even the best teams have had ugly logos, but it displays that artists back then didn’t know how to express anger through their work.

Sources: Chris Creamer's Sports Logos

Which one do you think is the worst sports logo? Are there any other sport logos you know of that should have been mentioned?

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Comments
Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Blazers logo

the Blazers do not have a Mountain Lion mascot. It's like saying the Seattle Mariners have a stupid logo (compass) because they have a mosse mascot. The Blazers created "Blaze" around 2000 and it really is a poor attempt to coordinate with "Trail Blazers", which of course has nothing to do with fire but rather the pioneers that traveled the Oregon Trail. The logo is unique and stands out.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Brownie

that Brownie logo is awesome, they should be using that more, definitely doesnt belong on this list

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

The Browns and Tampa logo

The Browns and Tampa logo are suh-weet, revise your list dude.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

That Blazers logo rocks.

That Blazers logo rocks. Simplicity is not a bad thing. You need to brush up on your modern art. The Nuggets logo is also unique. It may be weird, but it gets people's attention. There are so many other convoluted logos or safe logos out there that make no impact whatsoever.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Nuggets

That logo rocks....take it off this list now.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Now do a best logos page

I want to see what you think the best logos from past and present are

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Pistons

The Brownie is a great logo.

But how does the Detroit Piston logo from 1996 to 2001 not make the list. A turquoise horse with baby blue and red. Come on. That's awful.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Blazer pinwheel

They've had that pinwheel since their inception, and its the best logo in sports. The fact that it has nothing to do with Trail Blazers is irrelevant. The logo is unique but not gaudy. For a truly bad logo, how about Duke or Disney flying wing Anaheim Angels logo.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Re: Sox Logo

I'm pretty sure you don't have to wear the logo to have the image as your logo. I mean, the Celtics don't wear the leprechaun on their jerseys but it's still their logo.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Sox Logo

The logo's chin is big because IT'S A SOCK!

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Rockets

If you want some more recent logos, look at the past two that have been used by the Houston Rockets. The current one looks as if someone is making a blood sacrifice to the bball gods, and the older one looks like a bad 90's kiddie program that uses talking hand puppets.

The older one, if you don't remember, had a rocket orbiting around a basketball. Said rocket came complete with a red triangular mouth and small, pointy teeth. The rationale for the mouth was that they wanted to tie in the look of the IHL Houston Aeros hockey team with the logo of the Rockets. WHY?!?!?!

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Denver Lego Logo

Not just Legos... Gay Pride Legos!

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

TrailBlazers Logo = 5-on-5 gay orgy

Enough said... no one else sees the 69?

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Where did you get these?

Where did you get all these logos?

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

The Buc

I always liked the Bucs logo. It was the color that was horrible. Their new logo looks like
a Raider alternate logo. Worst logo in the NFL has to be the Titans. They should update.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Limited field

Most of these are pretty good, especially in comparison to minor league logos. Have you looked up the infamous Canton Ice Patrol logo?

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Nothing wrong with Brownie

Nothing wrong with Brownie the elf

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

the reason people hated the

the reason people hated the Islanders logo was not because the fisherman was tanned. it was because it looked like the frickin Highlander fishstick logo.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

The Islanders Fisherman

Looks like Gordon Fisherman, the fishstick guy. Every time the team came out the crowd thought, "Trust a Gordon's Fisherman.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

The pinwheel

Little known fact: In addition to representing the five players of each team facing off to begin the game, the Blazers pinwheel is also stylistic representation of actual signs used to mark portions of the Oregon Trail.

Blaze is not a mountain lion, he's a "trail cat." Whatever the heck that is.

How many teams have logos with no words, no drawings, no city skyline, etc. that are as easily identifiable as the pinwheel? The only thing wrong with the pinwheel is that it should be untilted to it's origoinal orientation. UNTILT THE PINWHEEL!

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Denver Nuggets - Like Tetris?

Hooked on the game of Tetris? I think a better reference would have been Atari's "Breakout". Tetris use 5 or so irregular shapes, not uniform blocks like Breakout - more akin to the Nugget's logo. Besides, Tetris didn't come out until 1985 (Breakout - 1976).

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

Seattle Sonics

How about the Seattle Sonics logo...wait, there are no Seattle Sonics..

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

More than just to logo

I think that the worst logo/jersey of all time are the ugly old Houston Astros of old. Not only is it a lame star with an H embroidered on it, but it cames with the dumbest color combo ever.

Jul 8, 2008
by Anonymous

take this blog down

this is absolute garbage based solely on the fact that u have the blazers on here. You must be mistaken with "best logos in sports"

LMAO inventorspot?

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

i second that - i work with

i second that - i work with sports logos every day and that's one of my favorites - retro and just generally awesome.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

No discussion of bad sports

No discussion of bad sports logos is complete without mention of the Winnipeg Jets' "Picasso smiley face" logo of the 70s & 80s.

Other dishonorable mentions: the Vancouver Canucks "streaking skate" logo of the 80s; the Toronto Raptors' purple dinosaur logo, the Phoenix Coyotes' cubist dog logo of the mid-90s and pretty much every logo from the XFL.

I disagree with the inclusion of Brownie, the Blazers so-old-it's-retro logo and anything from the 1910s-20s.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

halfway there

Good concept, poor research, and questionable choices. Not bad for an aspiring journalist, but in a world of a million best/worst lists you just gotta do better than this. Biggest misses: Blazers, Browns, Biggest Hits: Tigers, Islanders (but for the wrong reason)

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

WTF Bro?

Bucco Bruce is awesome, The Brownie is Wicked awesome. And the blazer logo is simple, odd, and doesn't make sense....just like Portland politics....but it's still not a "worst logo"

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Charlie Van Buren

I think the all time worst logo was the one used between 1942-1949 of the Ithaca Troll Pigeons. Yeesh, what were they thinking off with the two funny looking Piegons sitting on top a wooden crossing arm with confused looks on their faces. Them birds looked as if they were constipated. I was happy when the team changed their name to the West Ithaca Irish Smugglers in 1950 right before I went off to Korea. Them piegons still scare the crap ot of me 60-years later.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

You're missing one...

What about the Detroit Lions logo?
It just looks like a blue blob!

And Brownie is a cool logo as well as the Buc.