In case you haven’t heard, old is new in Western New York. All new construction bids must be accurate to the Canal-era, historic preservation is the hip thing to do and sports teams are reverting to their past with uniform designs.
The Bisons joined the Bills and Sabres on the retro train with today’s logo unveiling. The new logo is a new take on the original batting Bison logo which has recently stepped in as the team’s alternate logo. As the picture shows, the new logo is the same batting Bison but with softer details and more of a royal blue than the navy from the throwbacks. I am, however, a fan of the wordmark. It isn’t close to being superior to the classic script of the throwback, but it is bold and an improvement over the last wordmark.
The understated baseball stitching is a nice touch and compliments the logo quite well. However, Buster looks almost devoid of any sort of detail aside from his snout and eyes. The throwback logo – which this is obviously based on – gives far more detail in every portion of Buster. That alone makes this logo inferior to the original. The lack of general detail looks weak and somewhat cheap. While the direction was clearly spot on, the execution wasn’t. Continue reading →
Remember the glory days? The Empire Sports Network broadcast Sabres games, had a handful of talk shows and a nightly highlight show that was centered around Western New York sports.
At one point Empire was truly thriving. It was the perfect outlet to serve WNY in terms of Sabres and Bills coverage in addition to high school, college and other professional sports. Unfortunately the Adelphia scandal all but killed Empire and it died off prior to the 2005-06 NHL season.
The recent MSG/Time Warner spat has blacked out a vast majority of Sabres fans and has left many questioning what the next step will be in this regard. the contract dispute is nothing more than the final straw for many. The lack of respect MSG has shown the WNY market is pathetic. Aside from Sabres games, there is little acknowledgement for the region. That includes commercials. Unfortunately the Sabres; contract with MSG runs for the next few seasons, ending in 2016-17. If the contract must run its course, then so be it. But is there a chance that a different entity could step in?
There is no secret that Ted Black comes from television. All the reports about him during the Pegula sweepstakes pointed to the success he had in building FSN-Pittsburgh. Between Pegula’s deep pockets, Black’s prowess with a sports television station and the obvious market demand in Buffalo; it would seem a regional sports network would do well here.
The first point that should be made is that there has been mo mention of anything along these lines happening. Who knows if Pegula would even be interested in forking over more dough to bankroll this type of venture? In addition, there is the current MSG contract to consider as well.
But just thinking outside the box certainly paints a picture that this type of channel would not only have plenty of content, but the potential for a strong, successful lineup. The Sabres, Bandits and Bills would obviously be the cornerstones of this channel, but UB, Niagara, Canisius and additional high school and college sports would provide ample filler. Building around some of the staples which Empire succeeded with, there is a foundation that can be augmented by additional coverage and programming. Continue reading →