The NBA National Basketball Association in the North American professional basketball tournament is the hottest sports program worldwide. Therefore, the logo of this tournament is also extremely popular.
However, do you know any player who can make a logo? Do they receive royalties? What is the truth behind it?
Many people don’t know the history behind the NBA logo. Actually, it was created in 1969 and inspired by a famous basketball player named Jerry West – a famous All-Star at that time.
In the late 1960s, when the NBA faced fierce competition from a competitor called ABA (American Basketball Association). At that time, the NBA decided to hire Alan Siegel – the one tasked with creating the great logo we see today. In order to create this logo, he had to consult a lot of photos in the archives of sports magazines and eventually the picture of All-Star Jerry West caught his eye. Siegel thought that the picture captures the essence of basketball and then chose it as a symbol of the NBA, claiming that NBA was the only true and only professional basketball tournament of the United States.
When was the NBA logo created?
As mentioned above, the NBA logo was created by Alan Siegel in 1969. The logo is extremely meticulous and elaborate and can withstand the test of time. Because of this, it has existed in recent years and most likely this symbol will exist for many years to come.
Can Jerry West receive royalties for the NBA logo?
The sad truth is that Jerry West did not receive royalties for the NBA logo. Unfortunately, the NBA does not want to admit that Jerry West is the inspiration for the logo. Therefore, he does not have any legal basis to claim royalties. Although Alan Siegel acknowledged that he used Jerry West for the logo, the NBA rejected it and this was the reason why Jerry West could not receive royalties. West once said that it would be great to get royalties from the logo.
Rumor has it that the NBA may have a new logo in the near future. There is some speculation on this issue and it is not known who will be the representative face of the franchise. Maybe, Jerry West will soon be replaced in the future.
There is still not much accurate information about the replacement of the NBA logo but it is believed that a new player will be introduced in 2020. Players like Kobe Bryant, Kein Garnett and Tracey McGrady are within the capabilities. But there are also ideas that Lebron James deserves to become the face of the logo. Basketball fans won’t know for sure when the NBA will release a new logo, but this is definitely worth the wait.
So Jerry West is exactly the player chosen in the NBA logo. Are you looking forward to a new and more radical change?