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Uni Watch News Ticker for April 24, 2023

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Today in the Ticker: A CEO’s attempt to assert his company’s stadium naming rights backfires spectacularly, the story of an unusual baseball card, another Australian league joins ANZAC Day events, and more.



  • SABR has a new article on a 1953 card of the Dodgers’ Pee Wee Reese, which features a photo of him jumping over a runner, about to make a throw. The article shows that the photo was actually taken at spring training in 1946 and had already been featured on magazine covers, while other cards in the same series used photos from the 1952 season. The identity of the player sliding under Reese has never been nailed down, however. (From Jeff Ash)
  • White Sox P Lucas Giolito’s sleeve patch was sideways yesterday. (From Patrick Roth)


  • The city of Kinston, N.C., established a committee for preserving the 74-year-old Grainger Stadium, currently home to the Single-A Down East Wood Ducks. (From Kary Klismet)





  • The XFL’s Seattle Sea Dragons added a memorial decal for DE Chris Smith, who passed away recently and played for several NFL teams as well as the Sea Dragons. (From Wade Heidt)


  • The digital ads on the boards went nuts before a faceoff during the Wild’s local broadcast of their playoff game yesterday. (From Mike Chamernik)


  • Following last night’s playoff game, Lakers G D’Angelo Russell wanted to promote his beverage brand, but the league wasn’t having it. (From Mike Chamernik)


  • The NWSL’s Kansas City Current wore black armbands yesterday to support Ralph Yarl, the local teenager who was recently shot after showing up to the wrong house.
  • On Friday, USL League One’s One Knoxville meant to wear their new orange second shirts at home, but opponents South Georgia Tormenta brought their white second shirts — both teams share blue as a primary color. That put One Knoxville in the slightly odd position of explaining why they were wearing their first shirts at home. (From Kary Klismet)


  • Germany: The head of the naming-rights advertiser for Borussia Dortmund’s men’s stadium criticized fans last week for using the stadium’s actual name, Westfalenstadion, in a display that was supposed to protest stadium naming rights. In response, BVB fans brought even more protest banners on Saturday and also put one outside the company’s headquarters proclaiming that statement the “own goal of the year” (“Eigentor des Jahres”).
  • Italy: New shirt for Taranto of the men’s Serie C. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Japan: Shonan Bellmare of the men’s J1 League released a new third shirt for this season to be worn four times. (From Kary Klismet)
  • Mexico: Tigres’s men’s team wore the shirts from this weekend’s MLS Earth Day promotion last Thursday and also posed with a banner saying “End Plastic Waste.”
  • South Korea: Last week, Incheon United of the men’s K League 1 wore a one-off black shirt with Braille script below the crest. More info here. (From Kary Klismet)
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  • Australia’s Super Netball is joining other sports leagues in the country by holding its first ANZAC Day game on Tuesday between Collingwood and the Sunshine Coast Lightning. Collingwood’s dress appears to be a cross-sport promotion for the Australian Football League’s traditional game on the day, which their men’s AFL team participates in, by featuring that game’s logo and the names of Collingwood players killed in the world wars. The Lightning have poppy-themed warm-up shirts. Among the other SN teams, Giants Netball also had poppy-themed warm-up shirts.
  • Meanwhile, AFL club Fremantle annually use one of their men’s team’s games to promote the charity Starlight Children’s Foundation. Here’s this year’s one-off design for next weekend.
  • The UK’s Netball Super League is holding a Pride round next weekend, which at the very least includes players, coaches, and officials receiving rainbow shoelaces from the charity Stonewall UK as with other sports leagues in the country.
  • A new 12,500 seat arena is planned for the English city of Gateshead, but it’s worth noting that indoor team sports in the UK don’t have the following to fill that size of arena so it’s unclear to me what team, if any, might call it home. (From Kary Klismet)
  • A new Louisiana high school to open in 2024, Prairieville HS, revealed its “Hurricanes” name and a logo which was delightfully not poached. (From Kary Klismet and Joel Manuel)
  • With L.A.’s two NBA teams and one NHL team all currently in the playoffs while sharing a single arena, the arena’s staff has been very busy converting the space from one sport to another.
Comments (9)

    I think (hope?) those Nebraska jerseys are just practice jerseys with those honking shoulder stripes.

    I think you’re right; it seems like I have seen other adidas teams wearing practice jerseys with those same stripes on them.

    In a twist, a future Ticker will tell the tale of the Carolina Hurricanes poaching Prairieville High’s Poseidon logo. :D

    Upon seeing the new Prairieville HS branding (which is great!), I wish the NHL Hurricanes had not abandoned their Whalers colors, even though it’s a mis-match with the official storm warning flag.
    Keeping the name would have been alright by me as well.

    Gotta love German soccer fans. They’re legally protected to be great fans – no corporate/state ownership, real input, cheap tickets, great fan experience. Mess with them at your own risk.

    The digital board/ice ad glitch kind of amused me, like it was going through ad roulette. Of course, the virtual ads are still all bad.

    Are the boards blank in the arena and only display the ads on TV? None of the players in the clip seemed to react to it ha

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