20 Best professional sport logos

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First of all, this my list of the 20 best professional sport logos. Every logo has a story behind it. It is true for sport logos too. All the sports team has a story, a tradition, culture, values. Furthermore, the professional teams have enormous fan bases. The fans are attaching emotions for sports logos as that is the symbol of their favourite team. This is the reason sports branding is important. Have a look at my sport logos works or start a project if you wish me to work on your team’s logo.

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Selecting the 20 Best professional sport logos

I have watched a stream on the Gridiron Hub that was about rating sport logos in the British American Football scene. One of my logo received the good rate which is amazing. After the session, I was thinking to show my list of the best sport logos. I have collected 20 logos from all the major leagues in the USA, and from the NCAA. I base this list on my belief in what makes sports logos good, my experience and my preference. So there might be some design on the list that you won’t put on yours, and that is fine. We are all different. There are many nice and well-designed logos out there. However, in my perspective a good sport logo needs to have 4 attributes. I have built my list on these principles.

1. Simplicity

2. Scalability

3. Differentiation

4. Quality of Execution

Because of these principles, I think most of the e-sport logos wouldn’t make a good sports logo. They have too much details and that is affecting the simplicity and scalability. However, I like those designs just not as a proper logo for a sport program. The results are a large mix of different designs styles, but each logo design that made this list has all these 4 attributes. The list is not in a particular order as I think it is hard to rank such splendid works as these sport logos. So I like all of them.

Let’s see if your favourite sport team made my 20 Best professional sport logos list.

Selecting the 20 Best professional sport logos

I have watched a stream on the Gridiron Hub that was about rating sport logos in the British American Football scene. One of my logo received the good rate which is amazing. After the session, I was thinking to show my list of the best sport logos. I have collected 20 logos from all the major leagues in the USA, and from the NCAA. I base this list on my belief in what makes sports logos good, my experience and my preference. So there might be some design on the list that you won’t put on yours, and that is fine. We are all different. There are many nice and well-designed logos out there. However, in my perspective a good sport logo needs to have 4 attributes. I have built my list on these principles.

1. Simplicity

2. Scalability

3. Differentiation

4. Quality of Execution

Because of these principles, I think most of the e-sport logos wouldn’t make a good sports logo. They have too much details and that is affecting the simplicity and scalability. However, I like those designs just not as a proper logo for a sport program. The results are a large mix of different designs styles, but each logo design that made this list has all these 4 attributes. The list is not in a particular order as I think it is hard to rank such splendid works as these sport logos. So I like all of them.

Let’s see if your favourite sport team made my 20 Best professional sport logos list.

Las Vegas Golden Knights

This logo is not an ancient design as it was created in 2017 when the team was founded. However, this logo ticks all the attributes. It is simple you can remember this logo easily. It differs from the other design in the league. Also, it has a very clever solution. The negative space in the helmet makes a letter V that stands for Vegas. Amazing work.

Las Vegas Golden Knights Logo

Atlanta Falcons

Ok. This is hard for me to admit as a hardcore Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. However, the Atlanta Falcons has a great logo design. The current logo is in use since 2003 but the key elements of the logo stayed the same since 1966. Quality execution is in place. Also, the falcon symbol is forming a letter F and the colour combination is excellent.

20 Best professional sport logos

Dallas Stars

I like this logo as it is so simple yet has all the classic elements of a sport logo. The letter D in the logo executed very well. Also, the star in the background represents Texas as “The Lone Star State.” This version of the logo is in use since 2013.

20 Best professional sport logos

Detroit Red Wings

You can’t create a sport logo list without the Red Wings. This logo is memorable and withstand the test of time. The logo is just perfect for the Motor City. The actual team has been founded in 1932. The current logo is in use since 1948. However, there were only minor changes to the original logo.

20 Best professional sport logos

Toronto Blue Jays

This is a very nice logo. Probably, I started to following the team because of their logo. I like their colours. Also, this logo has only 4 shapes and a white background. Also, this style stands the closest to my sport logo design style. They are in the league since 1977, and their first logo was very similar to this one. During the days they have tried to make some changes but going back to the roots was definitely the right choice.

20 Best professional sport logos

Minnesota Wild

I don’t want to write too much about this logo. It is just amazing. The way how scenery is combined in the bear mascot is perfect. Big thumbs up to the designer.

20 Best professional sport logos

Atlanta Hawks

The simplicity of this logo is just perfect. This logo is scalable and versatile too. The hawk designed to a circle is a clever idea. Nice line weight. They can use the hawk symbol as its own on any platform or merchandise and it will be still a class logo. Also, it is using only two colours, and this shows the less is sometimes more.

Atlanta Hawks logo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I can’t create a list without my favourite NFL team. I know it is not too professional, but this is my list. The ‘Jolly Roger’ is used in many variations across a lot of sports and teams. However, I think the Buccaneers is the only major sport team that using it in the way. I don’t know if it is accidental or not, but the red flag has a meaning. If this flag is up, that means there is no mercy to the other ship. Good luck in the Super Bowl LV. Go Bucs!

Tampa Bay Buccaneers logo

Creighton Blue Jays logo

I need to admit that this is so close to the Toronto Blue Jays. In my knowledge they have sued them too. However, this logo is a nice version of a jay. The colours are spot on and the lines are so nicely done. Nice work!

Creighton Blue Jays logo

New Orleans Pelicans

This logo has an amazing colour combination. The navy blue, the red and the gold is works perfectly together. The red fleur-de-lis on the top of the design is making the logo complete. This is a very modern logo with a nice typography that reflects the heritage of the New Orleans area. A big well done to the designer.

New Orleans Pelicans logo

Seattle Kraken

Kraken is the newest expansion team in any major league. This is probably the most modern logo on my list. The weight of the lines and the colours of the design is well balanced. The red eye and the tentacle shape in the letter S give the hint of the deep sea creature. Also, the whole is combined in one letter. Amazing a very creative work.

Seattle Kraken logo

South Florida Bulls

This is my favourite college sport logo. The way how the designer combined the bull head with the letter U is just unmissable opportunity. Simple solution, but this is the reason it is so good. I don’t think a lot of the designers would make this decision. I think they rather start designing a bull mascot, which is fine but not unique. This logo is a nice work!

USF Bulls logo

Golden State Warriors

The warriors are one of the 5 major sports team that wasn’t named after a city, state or region. I liked their old logo too, however, this rebrand gave the team the simplicity that they needed. When a brand-new Bay Bridge East Span was in the works, the team sent staff to the bridge designers’ offices. They have requested an approval to use the plans for their new logo design. They have the approval, so the logo is now using a prominent structural element. Also, they are the only team who uses such an element as their key part in the logo design. This logo is simple, scalable and memorable.

Golden State Warriors logo

New Orleans Privateers

I like the colour of this design. Also, I like how the designer combined the fleur-de-lis into the whole shape of the pirate. The beard and collar makes the bottom part of the symbol. Simply clever solution.

New Orleans Privateers logo

Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars are not an old team in the NFL. They are established in 1993 and their first season was in 1995. This logo is in use since 2013 and I think this is a major update to the original logo. The jaguar now is more aggressive, and it is just so dynamic. There is one element in the logo that I would change the teeth. The teal colour is avesome. 

Jacsonville Jaguars logo

Virginia State Cavaliers

I think I have to explain this selection. What I like in this design is the colour and the versatility. This symbol has many possibilities to combine. It looks good on merchandises on the field or the court. The major element of the logo is a letter V that is nicely executed. I like the details of the letter. Their secondary logo is just as nice as this one.

Virginia State Cavaliers logo

Toronto Raptors

This logo hasn’t got too much details, however, the designer created an amazing effect on the ball. Actually, looks like a raptor left a claw marks on the ball while ripped it. Nice typography that doesn’t take the focus from the key element of the design. Simple yet well executed logo.

Toronto Raptors logo

Denver Broncos

For some reason I have never liked the Broncos as a team, however their logo is nice. Ticks all the boxes. Simple, scalable and also it has a movement that makes this logo so dynamic.

Denver Broncos logo

Milwaukee Bucks

This form is the logo is in use since 20175. This logo is a simplified version of their previous logo design. I think they have made the right decision with this.The green and gold colour combination works very well together. The designer has made the right decision. Also, the neck of the stag is a letter M. This is another clever sport logo design solution.

Milwaukee Bucks logo

Milwaukee Brewers

By now you clearly see that I like hidden meaning and hidden elements in a logo. Brewers are one of the best in this. The logo design is so simple itself however, the gloves is made of a combination of a lowercase letters m and b brilliant solution. Fun fact, this logo was the winner of a design contest in a newspaper. the designer who created this logo was winning the contest and $2000.

Millwaukee Brewers logo

So this is my 20 best professional sport logos list. As I said, this is a subjective list of mine. However, this was a very fun post to write and collecting all the logos I like into one place. If I need to pick only one from the list I would go with the Seattle Kraken design as that sport logo is well executed and ticks all the boxes that I think it makes great logo design.

Did your favourite sport team made my 20 Best professional sport logos list? What is your most liked sport logos?

Disclaimer: None of the above design are my work I wrote this article only to show my preference of a sports logo design. All the logo designs are trademarked and they are the property of the organizations on the list.

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