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Why Men Started Wearing Female Athlete Jerseys

Brands just started offering men’s sizes for sports stars like Sabrina Ionescu, Megan Rapinoe, and Jonquel Jones. And fans are snapping them up in droves.

Last November, after months of pent-up demand, Nike released the No. 20 white jersey of a major college basketball star. The entire stock sold out within a couple hours, and emerald green jerseys that dropped in late January on Nike’s website and the college store were gone as quickly. Brian Galicia, a 45-year-old Microsoft employee, had signed up for notifications and immediately bought a jersey for him and his daughter. “I told my friends,” he says, “and then when I looked like two hours later, they were gone.”

That’s how quick you had to be to snag the jersey of Sabrina Ionescu, superstar guard of the then No. 3-ranked University of Oregon women’s basketball team, whose popularity among both women and men shows how the sports jersey has moved beyond traditional gendered lines.

It’s not just dad fans, like Galicia, either. In December, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jordan Bell showed off a coveted Ionescu jersey in the locker room tunnel. It’s obvious why everyone from young fans to college men to NBA players want to get ahold of Ionescu swag. Before her senior year at Oregon was disappointingly canceled because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, she was the most popular college basketball player in the country and one of the most accomplished of all time. She collected more triple doubles than anyone in NCAA history, scoring as easily on three-pointers as on running jump shots near the hoop. WNBA star Diana Taurasi said Ionescu “can do anything on the court.” And the late Kobe Bryant, her friend and mentor, tweeted a GOAT emoji at her and called her “the puppet master” for her ability to read and control the game. In February, Ionescu became the first player to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds, and record 1,000 assists in a NCAA Division I career.

The sale of her jersey put her in an elite category, too, above even NCAA legends like Sue Bird and Candace Parker: Nike had never before sold the jersey of a women’s college basketball player on its website.

But the increasing popularity of women’s jerseys, especially among men, isn’t just a Ionescu thing. The Celtics’ Grant Williams proudly waved a Jonquel Jones WNBA All Star jersey with two hands while walking to a game in March. Last year, the first time U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team jerseys were readily available in men’s sizes, sales were up 200 percent compared to its last World Cup championship run in 2015, according to Nike. The sales of the women’s national soccer team jerseys marked the highest quantity sold of any soccer team’s jersey on Nike.com in a single season—no doubt in part because they were now available in sizes for the other half of the adult population. The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has been offering its jerseys in men’s sizes since at least 2017, and the WNBA, after years listing jerseys as for women, began selling them for men as well in 2016.

During this coronavirus-induced sports hiatus, one of the lone bright spots has been the sale of women’s national soccer team “Four Stars Only” jersey shirts. The players wore their warmup jerseys inside-out at a March 11 game to protest the U.S. Soccer Federation, which had just pathetically argued in a wage discrimination lawsuit that male players carried a greater responsibility than women and “indisputable science” proved their athletic superiority. The inside-out look had the effect of making their warmups look blank, except for the four stars representing their four World Cup victories. The brand Breaking T’s had jersey t-shirts of the “Four Stars Only” look for sale by the end of the game, and they sold out within two hours.

The newly heightened demand for jerseys of women athletes coincides with the 2019 women’s World Cup Final earning better television ratings in the U.S. than the 2018 men’s final, and women’s college basketball attendance eclipsing men’s attendance at several schools, including Oregon, Notre Dame, Mississippi State, and Oregon State. A 2018 study by Nielsen indicated that 84 percent of general sports fans—51 percent of whom are men—are fans of women’s sports.

But selling merchandise of women athletes, particularly for men, breaks new ground. Lindsay Parks Pieper, a professor of sport management at the University of Lynchburg who researches gender in sports, describes the choice to wear an athlete’s jersey as going “all-in” on that person—representing their playing style, their politics, their personality. The many boys who dressed up like women’s national soccer team star Megan Rapinoe for Halloween were portraying an activist who has kneeled like Colin Kaepernick and slammed Donald Trump, in addition to a soccer star.

The jersey is also a statement: Unlike flipping to a game on TV, a man who wears a woman’s jersey publicly recognizes and identifies with a woman athlete. And given Rapinoe and her teammates’ fight for equal pay, the WNBA’s labor victory to earn higher salaries, and Serena Williams’s years of challenging white notions of femininity, that identification implies a justice-oriented message that goes beyond what happens in a stadium. “This is a new frontier for women’s sports,” Parks Pieper says.

The mainstream popularity of jerseys traces back to the 1990s. Leagues and teams cut apparel deals with brands like Champion, Reebok, Nike, and Starter, making jerseys available at malls and big-box stores rather than from the motley mix of third-party vendors that had sold them in the 1970s and 1980s. Hip-hop culture contributed to the growth, too. Tupac was wearing a Detroit Red Wings jersey during an infamous dustup with the media after leaving a New York courthouse (he once also sported a Jeff Capel Duke jersey, while posing with Stephen Baldwin). Mýa and Mariah Carey wore Michael Jordan jersey dresses, and Da Brat, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah regularly wore personalized baseball and basketball jerseys.

But teams and brands were slow to sell jerseys of women athletes, even though the passage of Title IX in 1972 had led to major universities starting women’s intercollegiate teams, and athletes like University of Southern California basketball players Lisa Leslie and Cheryl Miller, among the millions of girls and women who seized Title IX opportunities, had become mainstream stars.

Rebecca Lobo, the mid-90s superstar at the University of Connecticut, says her college jersey was never for sale. In 1992, some 40,000 women played Division I sports, compared to 80,000-plus now. Fans could buy jerseys of male college athletes at campus stores and through mail-order catalogues, but the closest anyone got to dressing in her No. 50, she says, were young fans whose “parents had taken them to Michael’s, and they got a Sharpie and made a shirt.” The first time she remembers seeing any jerseys of women basketball players for sale was in the run-up to the 1996 Olympics.

In 1997, the newly-launched WNBA released jerseys for three athletes on each team (Sears and J.C. Penney partnered with the WNBA to sell them—it was a different time). Men didn’t wear the jerseys, but Lobo distinctly recalls seeing boys at games. “I remember even as a 24-year-old thinking wow, like this kid is going to grow up looking at girls a little bit differently, if he’s looking at me differently and wearing my jersey,” she says.

Nike was also selling U.S. soccer jerseys for the 1996 Olympics and 1999 World Cup and promoting Mia Hamm. Marla Messing, the president and CEO of the 1999 World Cup, says she was under pressure to market heavily toward the mythical suburban soccer mom who drove her kids to practice and games in her minivan, with a cooler of orange slices. She insisted that the World Cup target the soccer dad, too. Its campaigns emphasized the bonding potential between fathers and daughters watching soccer together. “That soccer dad and target marketing we did for that was actually incredibly impactful,” says Messing. The strategy, she says, contributed to men embracing women’s sports for the first time on a wide scale and sharing the experience with their children (Kobe Bryant provided a public example of this evolution with his pride in being a “girl dad” and his devotion to his daughter Gianna’s basketball career).

Those kids, including the boys who dressed like Hamm and Lobo, are now adults. And the popularity of jerseys continues to rise—Nike sells three-to-four times more NFL jerseys annually than Reebok did in the early 2000s, and the NBA releases popular new alternative jerseys every year. Yet the decision makers at leagues and brands have remained skeptical of the women athletes they are supposed to be helping to advance. ESPN broadcaster Julie Foudy, a women’s national soccer team player in the 1990s and early 2000s, recalls that she and her teammates regularly questioned Nike and U.S. Soccer about why their apparel wasn’t more available. “They would almost laugh at you and say there’s no market,” Foudy recalls.

Nike did not offer women’s national soccer team jerseys in men’s sizes until the 2015 World Cup. The brand feared that people who saw men in the women’s jersey—with stars above the US insignia to represent World Cup championships—would somehow think the less-decorated men’s team had won the Cup. And in 2015, those jerseys were scarcely available and discontinued in men’s sizes less than a month after the team’s title. Women’s national soccer team stars, realizing they haven’t been compensated or marketed on par with their popularity level, started their own brand, re-inc.

Despite a summer with record jersey sales of women athletes and repeated requests from Oregon fans, the 2019 college basketball season seemed poised to begin with no Ionescu apparel available—until Ionescu got involved. Like Foudy and other women’s soccer players, she had to lobby for herself and her teammates. On November 5, she tweeted “Why is Nike not making Oregon WBB jerseys yet!?!? I’m running out of excuses.” The first response featured to her tweet was from a fan saying, “men’s sizes too please.”

Her No. 20 jersey went on sale about a week later, along with women’s team jerseys of Connecticut, Tennessee, and North Carolina. “This is an historically great basketball player,” says Shea Serrano, author of Basketball (and Other Things), and a Ionescu fan. “When Sabrina came out and said, ‘Why does this not exist yet’ we all sort of knew they had to make one now because Sabrina was saying it.” (Nike said it had planned to release Ionescu’s jersey regardless of the tweet but declined to answer specific questions).

Serrano bought the Ionescu jersey as soon as it became available in November, wearing it to a book signing in Portland. “People were excited,” he says. “It’s a sign of respect. I think ultimately that’s what having a jersey, wearing a jersey is.” The message is deeper for Oregon fan Henry Ammann, who last April started an online petition asking Nike to sell Oregon women’s team jerseys. “As a man, I’m proud to represent the fight for equality not just in sports but the workplace and life and every other aspect,” he says.

Foudy saw the need for Ionescu’s tweet as another instance of the sports industry disregarding the obvious desire for women’s team apparel. To her, the sight of a boy or man in a woman’s jersey just feels natural: “My son used to rock a [Abby] Wambach jersey back in the day and [Megan] Rapinoe jerseys,” she says. “And it’s cool.” And even with Ionescu and women’s national soccer team jerseys for sale, the shortages indicate the brands and leagues are still lagging behind fan interest. “I don’t know why there’s such a hesitation, if it’s an unconscious bias or just an unwillingness to accept this is a market we’re not tapping into, and I love that we’re seeing that there’s another side to it,” she says.

Nike has another opportunity this month to meet the rising demand of women’s sports fans. The virtual WNBA Draft is scheduled for April 17, and Ionescu will likely be the No. 1 pick of the New York Liberty, placing the biggest women’s basketball star in the biggest market. Even as a pandemic has put professional sports on pause, men are already anxiously waiting to buy her pro jersey—and hoping it won’t sell out in two hours again.

Lighter look at Cleveland sports uniforms in year of COVID-19: Crowquill

COVID-19 has invaded all aspects of modern life, including the sports world. Most sports, from grade school to the pros, have been canceled or postponed until such time as the spread of the virus stops with the help of quarantining and social distancing.

The NBA and MLB originally were talking about postponements of two weeks to a month, now have not ruled out canceling their respective seasons.

In general it seems timetables as to when life will return to normal are being adjusted towards the glass being half-empty as opposed to half-full.

With that in mind and because the Browns will be sporting new uniforms in 2020 anyway, here’s a lighter take on what new uniforms for the Browns, the Cavaliers and the Indians might look like in the year of COVID-19.

Michigan Tech #23 hockey jersey missing

A Michigan Tech hockey jersey is missing ahead of the team’s semifinal playoff series in Minnesota this weekend.

According to the MTU Hockey Equipment Twitter account, when putting jersey’s away this week after washing them, jersey #23 was missing.

The player who wears #23, Raymond Brice, a senior forward from Houghton, “remembers putting it in the [laundry] bin,” the equipment team said.

The equipment team also remembers hanging it to dry. But, after doing so, the laundry room was left unlocked, and now the jersey is missing.

Anyone with information on the missing jersey is asked to contact Michigan Tech Public Safety.

The equipment team was tasked with adding numbers and a nameplate to a blank jersey.

Michigan Tech is playing the University of Minnesota – Mankato in a best-of-three weekend series for the semifinal round of the WCHA playoffs.

To see the original tweet thread about the missing jersey, check out the embedded post below.

TV6 & FOX UP will have more details as they are made available.

Updated roster reveals number changes, jerseys for 13 newcomers

Alabama’s online roster has been updated ahead of its first spring practice on Friday, March 13, and that means the jersey numbers for the program’s newcomers have been revealed.

The Crimson Tide added 13 early enrollees, including five linebackers, two defensive back, two running backs, two wide receivers, one offensive lineman and one quarterback. Four enrollees were rated as 5-star recruits, per the 247Sports Composite. Eight were 4-stars.

“We had 13 guys who came in early this year, which is probably good from a player development standpoint for us,” head coach Nick Saban said in February. “I think it’s always a good transition for guys academically when they come in and spend much less time involved with football. Socially, I think they have more time to develop relationships and the learning curve for what they have to go through to be able to compete and contribute next year as a little more time-friendly for them because they have a lot more time to learn and develop.”

As BOL’s Hank South reported, quarterback Bryce Young will wear No. 9, his high school jersey number. That means wide receiver Xavier Williams has changed from No. 9 to No. 3.

Other number changes include Tyrell Shavers from No. 14 to No. 1, Brian Robinson from No. 24 to No. 4, Jalyn Armour-Davis from No. 22 to No. 5, Brandon Turnage from No. 14 to No. 7 and Eddie Smith from No. 25 to No. 15.

After briefly wearing No. 20 last season, linebacker Ale Kaho is back in No. 10. Offensive linemen Kendall Randolph (60) and Chris Owens (79) were not listed with two numbers like they were for most of this past year, though both players can change to play tight end.

Two players no longer listed on the roster are defensive back Scooby Carter and linebacker Markail Benton. Carter re-entered the transfer portal on Feb. 27. Though Benton is not in the portal, per a source, this is the second time he has been removed from the roster.

Alabama’s updated roster did not, however, include new heights and weights for the players. The ones listed below are what the team had when the players signed. But four days prior to the start of spring drills, here are the numbers for the Crimson Tide’s 13 early enrollees.

31 — LB William Anderson Jr. — 6-4, 230
41 — LB Chris Braswell — 6-3, 220
33 — LB Jackson Bratton — 6-3, 233
11 — WR Traeshon Holden — 6-3, 196
14 — WR Thaiu Jones-Bell — 6-0, 190
37 — LB Demouy Kennedy — 6-3, 215
21 — RB Jase McClellan — 5-11, 200
56 — OL Seth McLaughlin — 6-4, 278)
21 — DB Jahquez Robinson — 6-2, 185
16 — LB Drew Sanders — 6-5, 230
23 — RB Roydell Williams — 5-10, 207
22 — DB Ronald Williams Jr. — 6-2, 188
9 — QB Bryce Young — 6-0, 190

Zion Williamson gives Javale McGee his jersey in one-sided postgame exchange

Most postgame jersey exchanges end in a two-way deal with both parties swapping their game-worn uniform top.

But that wasn’t the case when former Wizard Javale McGee sought out Zion Williamson after the Lakers’ 122-114 win over the Pelicans on Sunday. Instead, Williamson surrendered his jersey, exchanged a brief handshake with McGee and walked away without anything in return.

The former Duke star had just gone toe-to-toe with LeBron James, scoring a career-high 35 points on 12-for-16 shooting in 33 minutes. James finished with a triple-double, scoring 34 points, dishing 13 assists and grabbing 12 rebounds.

But instead of James being the postgame trading partner for the budding NBA superstar, it was McGee, a career role player who scored eight points on Sunday night.

Williamson has swapped his jerseys with other players earlier this season – he traded on Jan. 31 with Ja Morant, the No. 2 pick behind Williamson in the 2019 draft and an emerging star in his own right.

Jacksonville Dolphins To Wear Throwback Uniforms In Honor Of 1970 National Runner-UP

The Jacksonville men’s basketball program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its lone national championship game appearance with throwback uniforms against Lipscomb on Thursday night (7 p.m. on ESPN3).

The 1969-70 Dolphins posted a 27-2 record, knocking off four ranked opponents on their way to the NCAA Tournament final, where they fell to three-time defending champion UCLA. That Final Four, which also included New Mexico State and St. Bonaventure, remains to this day the only one to feature three programs commonly referred to as mid-majors.

“To think of the things they accomplished, without the 3-point shot, without the shot clock, without being able to dunk, It’s unbelievable,”head coach Tony Jasick said. “It’s certainly something that the kids on this team are aware of once they visit Swisher Gym for the first time and see the banner.”

Jacksonville’s throwback uniforms are not an exact replica of what the team wore during that magical run but retains the distinctive inverted-arched wordmark under the numbers — though the kerning is a bit different than the original design and the numbers are a custom font instead of the original block font.

The Dolphins also took some liberties with the shorts design, with truncated trim replacing the wishbone-style stripe used in the original. Players on the 1969-70 team, such as Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore, wore a yellow belt instead of the drawstrings used today, so that striping pattern has been carried over to the waistband, as well.

Another minor difference — as shown in the video posted above — is the 1969-70 team wore their last names on the back of the jersey, while the current team does not, so the throwback uniforms are nameless, too.

Jacksonville choose this specific date as a nod to the team’s historic upset of No. 8 Florida State on Feb. 18, 1970, that avenged a loss to the Seminoles earlier that season and sparked the improbable tournament run.

Check out more photos of the Dolphins’ throwback uniforms below:

XFL 2020: Every Team, Their Logos and Uniforms

Yes, the XFL is back this weekend!

The inaugural games of the (second) inaugural season of the league will be played on Saturday with the Seattle Dragons visiting the DC Defenders at 2 pm ET followed by the LA Wildcats travelling to Houston to take on the Roughnecks at 5 pm. The Vipers and Guardians, as well as the BattleHawks and Renegades, make up the Sunday schedule.

As is the case with any new league, it’s hard to remember who’s who, what’s what, and which players we’ll all temporarily grow very attached to before forgetting they ever existed all within the span of about eight weeks. Fun rides but here’s hoping the XFL pulls it off this time because the only thing better than sports is more sports.

Below you’ll find our recap of all the new teams, their logos, and their uniforms for the 2020 XFL season. Enjoy.

DALLAS RENEGADES

Deep in the heart of Texas beats a different kind of pulse. A spirit untamed A swagger that can’t be denied. Where big meets bold meets badass. This is outlaw country, inside the lines. This is hell on wheels, between hash marks. This is their home on the range. The Dallas Renegades. Raising hell. – XFL

Good news, Oilers fans. Powder blue has returned to the Texas gridiron! But it’s in Dallas. Sorry.

The Dallas Renegades logo is powder blue and black with a hint of red, the logo showing a renegade (a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles, says OED) with a hat on its head and a bandana over the lower half of its face, the red eyes the only visible feature.

Playing at Globe Life Park, the former home of the Texas Rangers, the Renegades will be wearing a mostly black uniform with a fair amount of light blue throughout.

At home, the jerseys are black with light blue shoulders and a red line on each sleeve; there’s also a single black stripe right at the end of the sleeve. The light blue continues down each side of the jersey from the armpit to just above the waist forming a triangle shape. Numbers are light blue with white trim, the team wordmark across the front collar.

On the road, the jerseys are white with black shoulders with a light blue stripe around the end of the sleeves. Like the home set, there’s a single red stripe on each sleeve and the shoulder colour (in this case, black) continues down the side to form a triangle under the armpit. Player numbers are light blue with black trim and the team wordmark is again under the front collar.

Pants for both sets match the jersey colour and feature a reverse stripe coming up from the bottom of the pants up to around the knee.

Helmets are a light blue shell with black facemask, a single black stripe up the middle and the team logo on either side.

DC DEFENDERS

On the shoulders of giants, they stand tall. Unconquerable. Unyielding. Marching ever forward, a force united. One quest. One purpose. One resolve. Seeking glory through grit. Victory through valour. The DC Defenders. Taking their stand. – XFL

Washington’s newest football team (likely unintentionally) named two other Washington-area “football” teams in the video introducing their team name – “Valor” and “United”, of the Arena and European varieties of football respectively. The DC Defenders are red and white, the logo is a red shield with two crossed lightning bolts on it as well as three stars.

Playing out of Washington’s Audi Field (also home to DC United of Major League Soccer). The Defenders uniforms continue the basic red-and-white colour combo from the logo with no striping on the jerseys.

The XFL says the red is for the colour of the DC flag and “our Founding Fathers’ coat of arms” while the white represents the monuments of Washington.

A single lightning bolt is shown horizontally across each sleeve, a simplified version of the team’s logo (two crossed lightning bolts with three stars surrounding it) is placed at the front collar with the team’s wordmark logo reading “DEFENDERS” just below it. Numbers are a single-colour sans serif, player names as well. The XFL logo is worn as a patch on the upper left side of the jersey front. No manufacturer logo is visible.

Pants match the jersey colour for both the home and road set, there’s a thick stripe down each side of the pant leg with a lightning bolt starting at the waist and continuing down to around the knee. The XFL logo on the front of the right pant leg.

Helmets are red with a white facemask, single white stripe up the middle and the team’s logo in white on either side.

HOUSTON ROUGHNECKS

Resolute. Rippling with heat. Railing against fatigue. Unceasing and often unseen, they labour deep in the trenches. Mercenaries in the muck. Brawlers in blackened dirt. Not just for three hours. Not just when the lights are bright. These are the scratching, grinding, never-bending few. The Houston Roughnecks. Going to work for you. – XFL

Good news, Oilers fans (seriously this time), Your oil derrick is back, but this time in the colours of the Houston Texans. The derrick in red, blue, and white with the bottom half in the shape of an H, a red star at the top.

Now when we first saw the logo, we kinda hoped we’d get a Houston Oilers-inspired uniform. We didn’t. But hey, those are some Tennessee Titans-lookin’ numbers they got there, so let’s go ahead and call it a tribute anyways.

At home, the Houston Roughnecks are wearing red jerseys with blue sleeves and a red star on each. The blue stripes continue down each side of the jersey and are also featured around the collar. Speaking of the collar, the team’s primary logo – an oil derrick in the shape of an “H” with a red star above – is there as a patch above the team’s wordmark. Numbers are blue with white trim and, as mentioned earlier, kinda remind me of the numbers worn by the Houston Oilers of 2019 — the Tennessee Titans. Player names are single-colour white.

On the road, the Roughnecks are wearing grey jerseys with red sleeves/side stripes/collar and a blue star on each sleeve. Player numbers are blue with red trim and the player name on the back is blue.

Pants are grey with red/blue/red striping on the side when paired with the home reds and are blue with grey/red/grey stripes on the road.

The helmet has a grey shell with blue/white/red/white/blue striping down the middle and the primary logo on each side. Facemask is red.

LOS ANGELES WILDCATS

In the land of bright lights. Far from the flash and fame. They’ve already begun to prowl. Enter their den and be dominated. Run away and be ripped apart. This is prime time meets primal instinct. This is showtime with a snarl. This is our time to roar. The L.A. Wildcats. Unleashed. – XFL

Who are we? The Wildcats!

A far cry from the Los Angeles Xtreme of the original XFL, the LA Wildcats give us about as traditional of a name as you can give us… and I’m okay with that. The logo is orange and red, a stylized “LA” – perhaps the flourish from the “A” is meant to be the tail of a wildcat?

Playing out of Carson, California in the same stadium as the NFL’s Chargers, the LA Wildcats will wear black, red, and orange uniforms for their inaugural season in 2020.

For their home games, the Wildcats will be dressed in black with red sleeves and red stripes down each side of the jersey. The collar is also red and includes the team wordmark below. Player numbers are orange with red trim, names are in orange.

On the road, the Wildcats are in white with orange sleeves, a single black stripe at the cuff. Like the home set, the sleeve colour continues down the side of the jersey to the waist. The collar on the road jersey is black, as is the wordmark logo below it. Player numbers are red with orange trim, player name in black.

Pants are black at home, white on the road — both pants matching the jersey colours. They both incorporate a scratching design down the side of each pant leg, on the road whites this is enclosed within a wide black stripe that goes down the entirety of the leg.

The helmets carry on with the scratching theme, using it as the centre stripe in red on a black shell. The team logo is on either side in orange and red and the facemask is orange.

NEW YORK GUARDIANS

Sentries carved of stone. Watchdogs over the metropolis. A prehistoric predator. A beast evolves, turned loose in a new kind of jungle. All teeth and talons, eyes unblinking. They know fear because they feed off it. They are your first line of defence, and there is no need for a second. The New York Guardians. On duty. – XFL

A reference to the gargoyle statues seen on buildings throughout New York, but the Guardians logo looks more like a lion to me, perhaps inspired by the two lion statues *guarding* the New York Public Library? Ghostbusters fans know what I’m talking about. The colour scheme for the Guardians is black, silver, and red and like all of New York City’s pro football teams, they’ll be playing in New Jersey.

At home, the uniforms are black with a grey/red/grey striping pattern on each shoulder, the team’s primary logo as a patch on the sleeve under the stripes. At the collar is the team’s alternate logo with their wordmark logo below in grey. Player numbers are grey with red trim and player names on the back are single-colour grey.

On the road, it’s the same exact same design but with grey and black flipped. The jersey and pants are both grey with black/red/black striping on the shoulders. Pants match jersey colours for both and mimick the shoulder striping pattern down the side of each pant leg.

Helmets are black with a black facemask and no striping across the shell, instead the team’s primary logo encompasses each side entirely.

ST. LOUIS BATTLEHAWKS

Winged warriors. Preparing for flight. Preparing to fight. They await their orders. Then attack as one. Diving, dodging, swooping, striking. Their mission: create chaos. Their mandate: Win at all costs. The St. Louis BattleHawks. Cleared to engage – XFL

St Louis gets its own pro football team again, no nothing relocated this time, and they’ll be known as the BattleHawks (one word, capitalized midway through) with a colour scheme of blue and silver. The logo features a sword with two wings.

At home in the dome, the BattleHawks will wear blue jerseys with silver pants while simplifying things a bit to just blue-and-white while on the road.

Their home royal blues have two swooping stripes on each sleeve, one silver and one navy blue, a single thin royal blue stripe right at the cuff. The collar is navy blue with no decoration aside from the team wordmark logo in silver just below. The player number is white with navy blue trim, names are single-colour white.

On the road, jerseys are white with royal blue and navy blue swooping stripes on the sleeves and a royal blue collar. Wordmark is, of course, there at the neck now in navy blue. Player numbers are royal blue with silver trim, names are navy blue.

Pants are silver at home, royal blue on the road. Both colours have double stripes down each pant leg, navy blue-royal blue on the silver pants and navy blue-white on the royal blue pants. Each stripe is of equal width.

The helmets are where the BattleHawks have some fun, in a style similar to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, the ‘Hawks have a wing on each side of the helmet and then a sword right down the middle which – when viewed all together – forms the team’s full primary logo of a sword in between two wings. Love this. Shell is royal blue, facemask is navy blue.

SEATTLE DRAGONS

Rising from the turbulent sea. Beneath the darkening skies of their weather-hardened home. Relentless, ruthless, ravenous. Not of mythology, but of muscle and might. Not of folklore, but of football. This is your darkest fantasy…in cleats. The Seattle Dragons. Breathing fire. – XFL

I said consummate V’s!

The Seattle (or UAB?) Dragons are blue, green (because Seattle), and orange with a dragon head breathing fire as its logo. Another good old-fashioned name for the new league, one which we first saw as a possibility for this team two months ago (and if I recall correctly, Dragons was my choice from that list, so… I suppose I’m pleased)

The Seattle Dragons will play their home games at CenturyLink Field, joining Los Angeles, New York, and Tampa Bay as teams to share their stadium with the local NFL team.

Seattle wears navy blue at home with green sleeves and a thin orange stripe on the shoulder, green striping continues down the side of the jersey. It’s the same jersey template as the Tampa Bay Vipers but in Dragons colours. Wordmark at the collar is orange, numbers are white with orange trim, player name is white.

On the road the Dragons wear white, the striping is identical in positioning and colours as their home jersey. Player numbers are orange with navy blue trim, names are in blue.

Pants are navy blue at home and white on the road to match their respective jerseys. Both have a stripe that curves and runs up from the bottom of the leg up to the waist tapering off as it goes higher.

Helmets have a white shell, the dragon from their primary logo coming up from the bottom of the helmet on either side. A single orange stripe starts thick at the face and continues getting gradually smaller until it forms a point near the back of the head. Facemask is green.

TAMPA BAY VIPERS

In the shadows, they wait. Demons, born in darkness. Hunters by instinct. Cold-blooded by nature. Their bite, unavoidable. Their grip, inescapable. They slither and stalk their competition. Luring all who challenge them into the jaws of defeat. The Tampa Bay Vipers. Ready to strike – XFL

Finally, we have the Tampa Bay Vipers. A green and gold colour scheme (nice) with a logo that’s both a “V” for Vipers and the fangs/lower-head area of a snake.

Well, I suppose every league needs its Seattle Seahawks, its Oregon Ducks, its… Arizona Diamondbacks? The Tampa Bay Vipers fill that role nicely for the XFL. With a colour scheme of green, brighter green, and gold, the Vipers are named for the snakes “that slithered out of prehistoric Gulf Coast swamps”.

At home, the Vipers are wearing re-coloured Seattle Dragons jerseys. They’re green jerseys with green pants, light (“action”) green sleeves, side stripes, and collar. There’s a single, thin gold stripe on each shoulder between the main body green and the lighter green on the sleeve. Player numbers are gold-trimmed in the lighter green and the team’s secondary logo – a snake’s head – is at the collar. No wordmark here! Breaking the mould we’d seen so far throughout the XFL.

For road games, it’s a little less jarring with white uniforms (they really could’ve gone gold here and it might not have been too bad), and green sleeves/side stripes. That same gold stripe seen on the home uniforms is here on the shoulders of the road. Player numbers are green with “action” green trim.

Pants are green at home and white on the road, both have thick striping that begins at the bottom and thins out as it moves up to the waist with thin gold piping running alongside.

The helmet is where I think they made a mistake, the shell is the lighter “action” green which might work okay with the home uniform but looks very out of place on the road whites which have hardly any “action” green outside the helmet. The dark green would have worked better here, in my opinion. Facemask is gold, the primary logo is on the sides, and there are two green stripes up the middle.

Every XFL Team Helmet for 2020 season

“The XFL is about football and fun, and our team identities are intended to signify just that,” said XFL President Jeffrey Pollack in a press release. “Now it is up to our fans and players to help write the story. What happens on the field and in the community in the years ahead will determine the true spirit of each team.”

The re-born inaugural 2020 season for the XFL begins on Saturday, February 8th with the championship game set for April 26th.

Report: 49ers lobby NFL to wear their throwback uniforms in Super Bowl

Richard Sherman leading 49ers’ campaign to allow them to use all-white 1994 throwback uniforms for Super Bowl against Chiefs

Richard Sherman, celebrating after an interception in a win over the Panthers earlier this season, is leading a petition to have the NFL allow wear these same throwback uniforms in Super Bowl LIV.

When the 49ers try to capture the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in 25 years, they’d love to dress the part of their last championship team by wearing their 1994 throwback uniforms in Miami against the Chiefs.

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman told The Athletic after Sunday’s NFC Championship victory he and some teammates are hoping the NFL will approve their request to don their all-white retro threads in the Super Bowl. Sherman told David Lombardi of The Athletic the league “is thinking about changing (the uniform) policy now,” which for marketing purposes had in the past placed restrictions on the usage of non-traditional uniforms, especially in the postseason.

However, considering how much the league has relaxed its uniform policy over the past year, you’d have to like the 49ers’ chances of wearing what they want.

Because the 49ers are the designated road team, they wouldn’t be able to wear the exact uniforms that Steve Young and his teammates wore while beating the Chargers 49-26 in Miami for Super Bowl XXIX in 1995. That 49ers title team wore red jerseys as the home team but only the all-white throwbacks appear to be an option this time since the Chiefs’ home jerseys are red.

The 49ers have worn the distinctive all-white oldies with black-trimmed drop shadow numbers twice this season with favorable results. They wore them in a 51-13 win at home against the Panthers and later received permission to wear them again in their epic Week 17 win in Seattle. San Francisco first wore the ’94 white throwbacks last year during a 39-10 loss to the Rams at Levi’s.

Before the 2018 season, the NFL announced it would allow teams to wear an alternate jersey (either color rush or throwback or alternate jerseys) for up to three games in the regular season. But the league this season has permitted the Browns, Rams and Ravens all to wear alternate jerseys more than the allowable three times, with the Ravens donning their alternate all-black uniforms in four games, including a Week 13 victory over the 49ers.

Even more curiously, the league apparently last month removed part of the rule governing how many times teams can wear alternate jerseys from its NFL Operations Website.

Regardless of which jersey style they wear, though, this will be the first time in three Super Bowl trips to Miami that the 49ers won’t wear their home reds. San Francisco beat the Bengals in Super Bowl XXIII and the Chargers in XXIX when The Hard Rock was called Joe Robbie Stadium.

As the home team, the Chiefs have the option to wear either their regular red home jerseys or their white ones that are reserved for road games. It should be noted the Chiefs lost Super Bowl I against the Packers while donning white shirts, and then won Super Bowl IV by beating the Vikings while wearing red jerseys.

LeBron James, Lakers Lead Jersey And Merchandise Sales Lists For 2019-20 NBA Season

The NBA released the top-selling players and teams in terms of merchandise sales and unsurprisingly LeBron James led all players in jersey sales while the Los Angeles Lakers sold the most merchandise of any team in the league.

James has now been on the Lakers for two seasons and in both of them, he led the way for individual jersey sales.

In addition, the Lakers also sold the most merchandise last season and the addition of Anthony Davis likely wasn’t going to do anything to change that.

The NBA released the top-15 individuals for jersey sales this season and there are hardly any surprises in the results:

1. LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
3. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
4. Jayson Tatum, Boston Celtics
5. James Harden, Houston Rockets
6. Luka Dončić, Dallas Mavericks
7. Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers
8. Anthony Davis, Los Angeles Lakers
9. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
10. Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets
11. Ben Simmons, Philadelphia 76ers
12. Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets
13. Russell Westbrook, Houston Rockets
14. Kemba Walker, Boston Celtics
15. Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans

There are few interesting placements here, but nothing truly out of the ordinary. Stephen Curry is showing his popularity by ranking third without having played a game in three months. Jayson Tatum is a bit higher than expected at fourth while Davis is probably lower than expected at eighth. However, Davis’ placement can likely be attributed to the uncertainty of his 2020 NBA free agency as well as his number change to 23 if he does re-sign.

The NBA also released the top-10 teams by total merchandise sales with minimal surprises again:

1. Los Angeles Lakers
2. Boston Celtics
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Toronto Raptors
5. Milwaukee Bucks
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Houston Rockets
8. Chicago Bulls
9. Miami Heat
10. Brooklyn Nets

The Lakers leading the way is not shocking in the slightest. The Boston Celtics coming in at No. 2 also provides little intrigue. The only minor surprise here is the Chicago Bulls ranking in the top-10 due to their lack of success on the court, but they are still a huge market and the team has several promising young players like Zach LaVine and Lauri Markannen.

The Lakers will always be in the top-10 of these rankings but as long as James and Davis are on the team, there’s no doubt they’ll rank at No. 1.

These obviously are not the final figures as those are usually released in April, but it’s unlikely fans will see any movement at the top of the list between now and then.

Here’s where you can buy LSU National Champions gear

Tiger fans continue to purchase national championship gear to bring home a piece of history.

“This is a dream. It’s unreal. This is more exciting than words can express” said Arian Silva, LSU fan.

The words “National Championship Winners” are plastered across shirts and hats as a reminder to fans of one of LSU football’s greatest seasons in history

“Everything’s perfect. Everything’s coming into fruition. At the same time, we have an amazing team, an amazing quarterback, amazing coaching staff,” said one fan.

“To see how they all came together as a team and to have a Heisman trophy winner and to win a national championship is a feat in itself,” said another LSU fan.

Here’s where you can get championship LSU gear in Louisiana:

The following stores will open late Monday night (Jan. 13) immediately after the game to sell championship gear:

  • Academy – all Louisiana locations (while supplies last)
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – all Louisiana locations (while supplies last)
  • Shoe Station – both Baton Rouge locations for an hour after the game (while supplies last)

The following stores will have LSU championship gear on Tuesday, Jan. 14:

  • Walmart – most Louisiana locations
  • Target – most Louisiana locations
  • Purple & Gold and Black & Gold Shop – Siegen Lane in Baton Rouge and Veterans Boulevard in Metairie
  • Academy – all Louisiana locations
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – all Louisiana locations

Remember, if you can’t make it out to pick up some LSU championship gear you can buy online from the retailers mentioned above.