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

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Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Xavier Stovepipe McGillicutty

Nonsense, most North American sports logos are a pitty to look at, with a small few exceptions. These logos fail in comparison to that of the GAA with tradional looking crests of great clubs such as Antrim, Cork, Donegal and Roscommon. Take a llok for yeeselfs on their official websites you bloking barnstormies!.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Relax Xavier!

There are many great logos in North America that range from the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Red Sox and Indianapolis Colts. Don't be so hard on these logos, they are classics here on this side of the pond!

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Cubs 1916

What's funny is that your rensition of the 1916 Cubs logo is far worse than what was actually used on the uniform and sweaters.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Shane Smooth

A logo that always repulsed me was that of the Alexandria Galloping Loons. It looked Like Foghorn Leghorn participating in a 100m dash. Thankfully, that team folded long ago.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

Jon Pall Sigmarsson

Úrvalsdeild has the greatest logo ever. It is that of a viking clubbing an sea otter over the head with wooden spiked club. The crest is where with pride all over Iceland. We are vikings!

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous


What about the Bengals' helmets? Come on stripes? What a horrible idea or a horrible franchise. How about black jail stripes for this year's helmet.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous

John Donne

I think the worst logo of all time is the Amsterdam Bulldog Ballers. It looked like a bulldog was catching a basketball that looks like it is coming out of a human asshole. It is truly a basket ball being bounced in the center of a basketball court, but the way it is drawn, the basketball court is almost in a shockwave effect because (I guess) how hard the bulldog is bouncing the ball. Because of this, the "shockwaved" basketball court looks like two butt cheeks, and the center circle of the basketball looks like the rectum. Really retarded.

Jul 9, 2008
by Anonymous


Don't you tell me to hush. The last man who told me to do that laid in hospital bed for 2 days from strong swift kick to the gulk. He told me this doring the Cork-Monhagan match a few years ago. You bet he never utter another word to me after that encounter!

Jul 10, 2008
by Anonymous


I will have to say that the logo is a classic, has not change much since 1970 and has stood the test of time; really, they are the only NBA team in the Pacific Northwest. The simple logos are sometimes the best. I have to say the all time worst NBA logos were the Toronto Raptors, Vancouver Grizzlies, Detroit Pistons (teal era), Houston Rockets & the Ft. Wayne Zolloner Pistons' robot logo.

Jul 11, 2008
by Anonymous

Vatican City Fighting Popes

I have to say that the Vatican City Fighting Popes is one heck of a logo! However, is the sillouehtte that of Pius XI, John XXIII or John Paul II kicking the soccer ball? Does anyone have an answer? Please, I have dinner riding on this bet with my wife.

Jul 13, 2008
by Anonymous

Figthing Popes

The Fighting Pope's logo is in fact Paul VI. The logo was created in 1969 during his time of his papacy. Paul was an avid soccer player who entertained a career in thehe sport before he joined the priesthood.

Jul 20, 2008
by Anonymous

You're insane

I am a Blazer fan, let's get that out of the way. However even if it wasn't my team I would still appreciate the Blazers pinwheel logo. It's unique yet simple, looks great on merchandise and represents the spirit of the city.

You just have no taste. To say it's a top 10 worst logo is beyond hyperbole. At worst it's in the middle of the pack. I say top 10 NBA logo at least.

It sure beats the crap out of every generic animal logo out there.

Sep 9, 2008
by Anonymous


hey wats up

Sep 9, 2008
by Anonymous

zach m

the cubs rule

Sep 11, 2008
by Anonymous

Wild Wing What?

OK whats up with that wild wing dude....why is he jumping out from UNDER the ice? The heck was he doing under there? Wouldnt he be like dead if he ws under the ice with no air to breathe? Come on....worst logo ever.
Also I think the current ducks logo sucks really bad too....
Go cubs!

Sep 29, 2008
by Anonymous


This is a garbage post. The Blazers logo is one of the best ever. You know nothing.

Dec 28, 2008
by Anonymous

I'm so relieved I don't have

I'm so relieved I don't have your taste. Not that you're off the mark with a couple of those. But, by and large, you appear to be a nincompoop.