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Jersey Ads, Would It Really Be That Bad If Vegas Sweaters Have Them?

This week the NHL released some news that upset many hockey purists around the globe. The NHL and SAP made an agreement to feature ad patches on game-worn World Cup sweaters. As someone who was firmly against jersey ad space, the World Cup unis opened my eyes. Which made me ask, would anyone really care if Las Vegas featured jersey ads?

On one hand I understand the groans of calling jersey ads “cheesy” and “bush league.” I mean, look at the English Premier League, it looks as if Team Chevy is playing Team Quickbook. Truly unappealing. However on the other hand, there’s no denying the monetary advantages. Look at NASCAR, UFCAsian baseball, heck even the KHL does it. It’s valuable, I get it, so I understand why the NHL is going down that road.

Back to the World Cup, the jersey patch on each team’s sweaters isn’t entirely bad. It’s small, sleek, and blends well on one shoulder. Really, it doesn’t offend me like I thought I would.

Las Vegas is a brand new organization, with an untouched name and logo. It’s an unblemished, unknown logo so we don’t have the attachment Canadiens fans have for its legendary CH. If the NHL allowed ad patches I’m sure The Creator would consider jumping in on the idea. Why not make some of that $500 million back faster than planned. Plus, the more revenue a team makes, the bigger financial risks the owner will take. Allowing GM George McPhee to maintain important free agent players, or signing star UFA’s. I know there’s a hard salary cap, but having capital gives teams options.

Okay, so I’m in on jersey patches for Las Vegas, but what are the parameters?

First, let’s talk about the sponsors. The NHL has prided themselves on being a family sport. Which essentially eliminates any sponsor that targets adults only. Sorry Larry Flint, the Hustler Club will not be on a pro sweater. But how about beer? Adult beverage companies throw around lot of money on advertisement. I’m sure they’ll be targeted, just like cars, soda, and our favorite Vegas corporations like MGM, Zappos, and Cox.

Next is the patch location. The World Cup sweaters are uninterrupted except for a solo patch on the right shoulder. If the NHL only allowed teams to sell that piece of jersey real estate than I wouldn’t care if The Creator took advantage. It’s an easy contract and sponsors would line up for that exclusive ad space. The bounty may be big enough to pay for a few player salaries. Now if they extended it to the front of the jersey’s like the EPL does, no thank you.

Lastly is the issue of game-worn vs. replica. The World Cup is only allowing SAP to advertise on game-worn sweaters. While the players may be skating billboards, the fans in the arena will be fresh & clean. I assume that rule would be adopted by the NHL as well. If that’s the case, the original, beautiful Las Vegas sweater will be untouched. Who the hell wants a game-worn, smelly NHL sweater anyways?

That’s my case, and I can’t believe I made it. Done nicely, and limited to one is where I stand. Now if the NHL ever becomes the Euro League, you’ll probably find me looking something like this.

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10 Comments

  1. Chris Neill

    Any Idea what the name could be?. I hope it doese’t have Knights or Nights Nights in it. and its named after a bird.

  2. Cappy

    Seeing ads on sweaters prompts me to NEVER buy the product.

    The only thing the increased revenue would do would be to increase the salaries of already fat cats!

    Maintenance of the facility is probably already covered by ad space on the boards.

  3. RJ

    Game worn only (not replica) and I’m okay with it. There are already ads all over the boards, ice, and every other square inch of arena. Having a small patch doesn’t hurt anything.

    Absolutely not like the EPL where the brand is the prominent feature of the jersey.

  4. Michael

    Honestly, growing up in England, you adjust to it in football (soccer) and don’t end up even caring about the sponsor. If anything, it helps define the different eras, as sponsors change. Some sponsors are still forever iconic for their association with a team (Sharp for Manchester United, JVC for Arsenal).

    • Jason

      @Chris- hopefully the name will fit right for Vegas… We’ll all come around on it, if so.

      @Cappy- I was 100% like you until I saw the WC jerseys, and Not being on replicas was a game changer.

      @RJ- I agree on the EPL…. And @Michael you can help me with this. Isn’t ManU like the Yankees in England? That massive Chevy logo is so obtrusive. It makes a legendary team look like just another middle of the pack franchise. Yanks never change their logo because they don’t have to. The pinstripes speak for themselves, shouldn’t Man U be the same?

      Sorry if im wrong, that’s just my humble optional looking in from the outside.

    • JAY T

      This isn’t England, no one wants that crap on our team jerseys!

  5. Ron Murphy

    Just found your site…Still pushing as a nickname the Scorpions – local, fierce, creepy, dangerous, will charge you if cornered, intimidating….grab the logo artist for the San Jose Sharks and have him come up with something cool

  6. Tom

    To answer the question posed in the title, yes, it really would be that bad.

  7. Mike R

    The reason soccer has it on the jerseys is to reduce/eliminate commercials during the game. If the NHL, or other big 2 (since the NBA is already defacing their jerseys), were to go this route, then I would hope they would reduce the amount commercials. But, let’s face it, they would just keep commercials the same and swim in the piles of money that ads on jerseys would take in.

  8. Mike Jekyll

    I’m a big fan of World Football …the patches generate a lot of revenue so I don’t mind them! I think they actually give the uniforms character.

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