|The new Carolina Panthers logo is more refined. (Carolina Panthers)|
The Carolina Panthers have had the same team logo since the team began playing in 1995. But that's about to change, as the team announced the change on Sunday evening during the Pro Bowl.
"We have one of the finest and most recognizable logos in the NFL and wanted to make it as modern as possible without losing the dramatic essence of the mark," said Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison. "It is a cleaner style that is easier to read and should be more applicable to different uses."
As you can see, there are some significant differences, although nothing that should scare fans too much.
|Here are the new Carolina Panthers logos. (Carolina Panthers)|
The head of the Panther is now streamlined, and there's less of a emphasis on the blue outline that had previously surrounded the Panther's head.
Additionally, this cat's a little less hairy -- the whiskers are significantly reduced from the old version, and the eyebrows (Panthers have eyebrows right?) are reduced as well.
It's a more streamlined cat and, frankly, a little more ferocious and realistic looking of an animal. The team's calling it "a tougher, more defined panther" and that's an accurate assessment.
The Panthers typeface is also different: it's no longer written in 80's hair-metal font. Or cat scratch font. Or whatever.
The team should continue to use silver helmets (a common question thus far), as they have a colorway that'll fit with that appropriately.
The only real downside of the new logo, which partially relates to Nike taking over jersey production for the NFL in 2012, is that it'll require the purchase of all-new gear.
Check the evolution in video form right here:
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