Today on the Ticker: A new national soccer team unveils its first shirt, an interesting NFL quirk, and more.
- The Rays have finally-finally reached a deal to build a new ballpark. The proposal however still has to go through a public approval process that will take at least a few months.
- Oops: As part of that ballpark announcement, the Rays posted a rendering that included an AI-generated Rays fan wearing a Wander Franco jersey. MLB placed Franco on administrative leave last month for an alleged relationship with a minor. (From our own Phil Hecken)
- Longtime Uni Watch favorite P Chris Paddack, who’s missed the entire season following arm surgery, is wearing his usual great-looking stirrups during his minor league rehab. (From Eric Lichtenberg)
- The Astros have painted the area to the right of the batter’s eye green. (From Andrew Cosentino)
- A note from Paul: “In this week’s Monday Morning Uni Watch report, I neglected to mention that the Colts’ 40th-season patch, which they wore in Week 1, was not worn in Week 2. A team spokesman has confirmed that the patch was intended all along to be worn only in the season opener, although I don’t recall that being specified when the patch was originally announced.”
- Mono-white for the Bengals this week. (From our own Phil Hecken)
- The Bills are playing the Commanders for the third time in four years this week. Washington has had a different name for each matchup.
- Reader Ethan Price noticed the Patriots didn’t have the usual Gillette Stadium logo on the field as they had in recent years. Ethan did some digging, and apparently, they haven’t had the logo on the field since Week 17 in 2021.
- Black/white/black for Iowa this week. (From multiple readers)
- UConn will wear military-themed helmets this week. (From @DreamSeasonPod)
- BFBS this week for Missouri State. (From Colin Davis)
- Santa Monica College’s JUCO team, which has used a variety of shades of blue over the years, unveiled navy jerseys for the first time earlier this season. (From Kary Klismet)
- In the latest example of how upstart pro football leagues are doomed to failure, USFL 2.0 and XFL 3.0 are expected to merge before the 2024 season starts.
- The Kings will wear their “heritage” alternate and chrome helmets 15 times this season. (From our own Phil Hecken)
- New center ice design for the Sharks. The center line features a repeating shark fin logo pattern, while the center ice logo is the team’s alternate logo. More photos here. (From multiple readers)
- The Jets are unveiling a new sweater on Saturday. (From Wade Heidt).
- Also from Wade: The Jets and the Flames went color vs. color in a rookie tournament in Penticton, British Columbia, over the weekend.
- MLS has launched Hispanic Heritage-themed pregame shirts for Hispanic Heritage Month. (From our own Phil Hecken)
- Franklin Pierce University men’s soccer team has received its rings for winning the 2022 NCAA Division II national championship. (From Kary Klismet)
- Carolina Core FC, a new independent team in MLS NEXT Pro, has unveiled its logo. (Also from Kary)
- Australia: Here’s a rundown on all the new uniforms in the top-tier A-League. (From Kary Klismet)
- England: Newcastle’s new Champions League shirt debuts a block font along with a plain white back, as opposed to its Premier League shirt, which continues the black and white stripes from the front of the shirt. The lack of stripes complies with UEFA’s rules, which state that there must be an “area on the back of a playing shirt reserved exclusively for the shirt number.” FIFA has similar guidelines for international competitions. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
- France: New third shirt for Paris Saint-Germain. (From our own Phil Hecken)
- The Marshall Islands has released its first-ever men’s national team shirt. (From Jeremy Brahm)
- Scotland: Celtic’s shirt had their charity logo on the front of their shirt yesterday. (From Ed Zelaski)
- Gross: The name of a London subway station turned into a Burberry ad for Fashion Week. (From Dave Sikula)
- New logo for the Christian Democratic Union of Germany. (From our own Anthony Emerson)
- The new eighth team in Australia’s Super Netball is called the Melbourne Mavericks. The color scheme is interestingly listed as three different shades of blue and nothing else. (From our own Jamie Rathjen)
- Clawson (Mich.) High School has renamed the court in its gymnasium after Alex Verner, an alumna and multi-sport athlete at the school who was killed in a mass shooting at Michigan State University in February. (This and the next two items are from Kary Klismet)
- Kalamazoo Community College is asking for public input to name its new costumed mascot.
- Here’s what a proposed multipurpose indoor arena in Cincinnati could look like.