Report: Gold Pirates P Will Be ‘New’ Primary Logo in 2014
By Tom Smith
We thought the Pittsburgh Pirates would be getting a new logo in 2014. It appears that it won’t be happening, the Bucs will simply make the gold P their primary logo. Sort of like the Detroit Tigers have done with their D.
The Pirates lost their guru of marketing to the New York Mets before the season ended. We aren’t certain if the lack of movement toward a new logo is connected to not having anyone in the marketing seat, or was simply a decision by the brass to keep things simple. One would think that a new logo would have lead to a surge in retail sales this offseason.
The news of a new logo was brought up by Kipper of the Pittsburgh Sports Forum who broke the news after speaking with Frank Coonelly at PirateFest. We did a post about it and it didn’t take long for some talented Pittsburghers to take their turn at coming up with a new look for the Bucs.
But according to thie report by Chris Creamer at SportsLogos.net that @PSUJim sent over, all of those focus groups went for not. The uniforms won’t be changing in 2014. The bandana wearing Pirate will also stick around according to the report by Creamer.
In case you missed it, here were the ideas readers come up with at the beginning of the year:
Ryan McElroy and Chad McConnell were selected as the winners in the new Pittsburgh Pirates logo contest. The best entrants are shown below and tonight we got one more addition from Bryan Brunsell.
It’s a modern spin on the Classic 70’s logo…. a clean, confident, forward looking Pirate!
Property of Bryan Brunsell
The other logos in case you missed them are below
Rich Decker sent this in to us…
WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Benjamin McFerren had a great idea. The Compress Merch shirt
TUESDAY UPDATE: Oh, yeh, this is a cool twist from T Seas!
Created by T Seas
MONDAY UPDATE: Check this one out from Chad McConnell
And here is another one from Chad:
UPDATE: A new logo was submitted tonight from Zack–it’s bad ass.
Ryan McElroy was the first one we saw, and it’s below. You can follow Ryan on twitter here.
Kipper put this up over at PSF as an idea he thought of quickly.
If you have a logo idea, leave it below and we will add it into the post or send it to us on twitter and we will get them added here. We are giving away the new edition of Pirates Prospects for some of the best new logo designs, so make it quick.
Personally, I think the new Jolly Roger logo will include the famous P. We have seen much more of the black jersey that rocks the Pirates P recently. So it got us thinking that P will be included (or should be) an update on the famous 70’s Jolly Roger. It would be able to stand alone this way when sold on merchandise, I’m thinking it would be in a graphic sense, different from the Bradenton logo, but in conception it would be similar.
The Pittsburgh Pirates can be included or it might be cleaner by simply using the iconic P in the logo. After thinking about it, we think it would be hard for a graphic design firm to simply use the P, and ignore the knockout by using Pittsburgh Pirates.
We think we could live with something like that, but this alternate logo from the Marauders, just doesn’t do it for us…