In the comments on my last post, Team Colors by Sport, loyal reader (of all of two weeks), Chris, mentioned that it would be interesting to look at how and when teams changed colors. I liked that idea, so I took a look.
If you look at the chart below (click to see full size), you’ll see every color change from the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 1970. If a franchise changed names (like the Washington Bullets becoming the Wizards), I didn’t count that here. This also isn’t a logo change chart. Many other logos existed in between the ones on this chart and some after. This simply shows when a team changed at least one of their colors.
Some interesting things to note:
- Since 1970, 25% of NFL teams, 57% of NBA teams, and 30% of MLB teams have changed colors at least once
- The 90s were a big time for redesigns involving a color change, especially in the NBA
- A lot of expansion teams from the 90s have already changed their colors, mostly due to starting with trendy-for-the-time colors, like teal and/or purple
- The shortest stint a color combination had was the Atlanta Hawks’ 2-year experiment with blue and green (a combo I wish more teams used)
- 5 NBA teams and 1 MLB team have changed colors three times since 1970
Anything else you’d like me to look at? Leave a comment below. That’s how this post came to be.
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