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Sports branding author Anthony Costa says there is not much to love in the NBA team’s ‘creatively emaciated new visual brand’
A day after the NRL basked in its Mauboy moment, the AFL cries “look at me” and cranks out its new ‘Nothing Like it’ 2013 campaign. It might not have the same youthful twinkle as league’s latest facelift, but the AFL ad’s strength lies in the continuity of its message. It’s Still Australia’s Game Despite […]
It seems the AFL decided a decade ago that the best way to market Aussie rules is to mute its physicality. Recent concussion concerns have warranted some worthy changes. But is today’s all round softer, stricter game more palatable and pleasing? Or has constant tinkering turned the rulebook and into a gluggy trifle; a layered mess of touchy technicalities that could turn fans off the AFL brand?
‘A brand that evoked blue-collar battlers was swapped for one that evokes a sterile, sprawling abyss. Footscray had a folklore that endeared fans. The vaguely felt ‘Western’ identity feels as remote as an outer-fringe housing lot’
Having broken the story on the Penrith Panthers registration of the ‘Western Sydney’ name last year, SBI’s sports branding expert Anthony Costa breaks cover on the new Panthers logo, providing his analysis on the subject of identity and brand strategy.