Saturday, January 21, 2017

New "Solid-State" Court at Nevada (Reno)

With schools such as Illinois, Nebraska, and Ohio State exemplifying the recent trend of depicting the shape of the home state through subtle shadings of shellac, there is at least one place that has implemented a new design with a state shape in solid color. It is the University of Nevada (Reno), whose home game today against Fresno State I caught a glimpse of on the CBS Sports Network (cable).

The court features a large grey shape of Nevada at midcourt, with a blue outline. Inside the shape appears an arched "NEVADA" wordmark, above a wolf logo (the team is known as the Wolfpack). An article containing visual images of the new court is available here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Louisiana-Lafayette's New Oregon-Like Court

Via the usual sources, Louisiana-Lafayette has unveiled a new floor design invoking scenes of the outdoors, like Oregon's court. According to this article (with photo), the ULL floor "features a silhouette of Cypress Lake" on campus. Here's a time-lapse video of the court's design being applied and here's a picture of the real Cypress Lake for comparison.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Toronto's NBA Throwback Court

Via Uni-Watch, the Toronto Raptors did more than wear throwback uniforms against the visiting New York Knicks last night; the Air Canada Centre also featured a throwback court, in recognition of the Toronto Huskies franchise (1946-47). Game highlights are available here.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Uni-Watch's 2016-17 Preview

Uni-Watch's annual college hoops preview naturally concentrates on uniforms. However, it also includes a good number of new floor designs. We continue to see city-skyline imagery being added to courts, along with shellac-filled areas inside the three-point arc. I would say South Carolina has the most toned-down new court (having removed the huge-lettered school name), with Santa Clara sporting the busiest new design. Thanks to Matt Rachmiel, as always, for keeping me posted on some of these changes.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Uni Watch 2016-17 NBA Preview Includes New Court Designs

The Uni Watch NBA Preview documents changes in court design, as well as in uniforms. One thing to note is that the proposed design revision for the Cavaliers' court has been put on hold.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Utah Jazz Downplay Music-Note Motif

Via the usual sources, the Jazz's court has switched from this in 2015-16 to this in 2016-17. The team also seems to be emphasizing purple and gold, at the expense of green. A purple-and-gold identity would be a great idea, except that another, older NBA franchise has already solidified that color scheme in the public mind!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Cavs Change a Few Things Up on New Floor

Via Uni-Watch, the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers will sport a new court design this season. As shown here, the main addition is the sword motif for the half-court line. Also, the darker shellac inside the three-point arc and the city skyline from last year's floor are gone.