Monday, June 27, 2016
PHL Agrees to 20-Year Uniform Deal
In June, 1978, the PHL signed a groundbreaking 20-year uniform deal with sporting apparel giant SporTech. The new deal will make SporTech the exclusive provider for all PHL game jerseys and socks right through the 1997-98 season. This is the first time the league has gone with one uniform supplier for the whole league as teams previously had their own deals, typically with local companies. Last season, the Professional Basketball League also made SporTech it's exclusive jersey supplier. SporTech faced stiff competition to secure the deal. Duke Sporting Equipment and Windsor Hockey both made a push for the rights as well. In the end, the PHL felt that the technology and advancements SporTech has made with it's uniforms was too good to pass up. The uniforms will be made out of a loose mesh-like fabric that will make the jerseys feel significantly lighter. Part of the deal is that the SporTech logo will appear on the bottom back corner of each jersey.
Although most PHL clubs simply carried their uniforms over to the new system, a handful of teams decided to take the opportunity to make changes.
Denver took their primary logo out of the circle and removed all text while also introducing completely redesigned uniforms. The Bulls had previously planned to change their color scheme to Blue, Red, and Yellow, the colors from the Colorado state flag, but the change was blocked by the league due to concerns that it would be too similar to the California Nuggets.
The Minnesota Lumberjacks made some minor changes to their uniforms, changing the striping patterns at the waist and sleeves and removing the shoulder yoke from both jerseys.
The Calgary Wranglers made perhaps the biggest changes. The Wranlgers updated their logo to include white, introduced a secondary logo featuring a horseshoe forming a "C". The Wranglers also completely changed the striping on their jerseys.