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Bulls Wed Aug 17 2011

Bulls Logo is Older Than Old School

Thumbnail image for chicagobulls.pngCheck out this little piece from Josh Cohen of the Orlando Magic: an illustration of the evolution of every NBA team's logo from the team's inception to present. Some pretty good reminiscing is sure to occur, but yet, Bulls' fans might feel a bit left out: despite 45 years of play in the Windy City, the Chicago Bulls have never changed their iconic, forward-facing Bull head logo. The only other team to still be on its first logo is the three-year old Oklahoma City Thunder, and really, you could argue that was just a drastic change in logo from their Seattle Supersonics uniforms.

What could possibly explain this, especially over the past twenty years? Superstition, once they became national icons in the Jordan era? Did they just forget to hire a graphic designer full-time? Or is this some brilliant marketing scheme to always be able to sell Jordan #23 jerseys, which would obviously look a bit far-fetched if stitched onto some new design?

Maybe the Bulls have always just felt they got it right straight out of the gate. And when you look at some of the originals (say hey, '76-'81 Denver Nuggets dude!), you have to admit that maybe they're right. At the very least, it could be so much worse.

What do you think, Chicago? Do the Bulls need a modern update? Or are some designs, like log cabins, colonial mansions and Benny the Bull always in style?

 

Neil Young / August 17, 2011 3:24 PM

The Bulls have the perfect logo. I really hope they never change. Leave perfection alone -

DougJ / August 17, 2011 3:25 PM

Bulls front office: Never ever change the bull logo. Never! My wife's from Boston and a Celtics fan but thinks the bull is the toughest logo. Anyway, what other logo could they use to represent the Bulls besides a bull?

DeTayl / August 17, 2011 3:36 PM

I've actually asked myself that same question before. But hey, you don't mess with a classic. And that logo is indeed a classic.

james / August 17, 2011 4:30 PM

Jordan has moved on and so should we, its like saying don't change the body style of a classic muscle car.

Don Rappe / August 17, 2011 5:19 PM

Should we remove Lincoln's head from the penny?

Stephen Bintinger Jr / August 17, 2011 5:51 PM

Change for the sake of change is wrong, the Chicago Bulls logo symbolizes much more than just basketball. The country admires the power, strength and awe inspring determination, which is well reflected in the almost regal insignia of Da Bulls from the past, present and for the future generations of basket ball fans to enjoy!

Anthony / December 1, 2011 1:18 AM

The bulls HAVE changed thier logo. The addition of that smokey nostril windy city crap coming out of the bulls nose. I hate hate hate hate it. The original logo should never have been tampered with

Andrew / December 1, 2011 8:34 PM

Anthony, that smoke isn't part of the official logo -- check bulls.com.

santana / December 9, 2011 3:26 PM

bro the bulls logo is filthy and needs to stay that logo has represented chicago sicne the beging

Stephen Bintinger Jr / March 12, 2013 11:13 PM

There have been slight alterations through the years, but why change for the sake of change~NOT!

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