The Las Vegas logo history has one huge, interesting tidbit I didn’t discover until I conducted research for this article. While most of us are familiar with the team’s iconic logo, the Raiders have actually had three different logos in the past – each bearing identical elements yet at the same time, differ.
Today’s article will cover the Raiders throughout three different cities – Oakland from 1960-1981; Los Angeles from 1982-1994, back to Oakland from 1995-2019, and finally to Las Vegas starting in 2020. Three moves, three cities, an iconic logo, and franchise.
From Oakland to Los Angeles to Las Vegas, the Raiders’ tradition continues regardless of where the franchise plays its home games, and the same will definitely be said for the City of Las Vegas, who by the way, already boasts the fans in the National Hockey League – had to insert a little something in there for my Golden Knights!
Let’s get started.
The Raiders’ primary logo upon the team’s debut in 1960 depicted its then-color scheme of black and gold. The hastily put together franchise which was originally awarded to Minnesota, rather than Oakland, began its tenure as the Oakland Senors before changing to Raiders due to negative feedback of the name Senors.
An unknown artist from Berkeley, California coined the first logo, which bore resemblance to actor Randolph Scott. The logo consisted of a vertical gold football with two downward-crossing swords. The Scott-resembling pirate was placed in the center, wearing a black leatherhead along with an eye patch. You can see the team’s first logo here.
In 1963, the Raiders switched from black and gold to silver and black, the team’s familiar color scheme to this day – and in turn changed the logo. The Raider now rested in the center of a silver and black shield along with crossing swords in the background. The top portion of the logo was black while the bottom was silver – with the top reading ‘The Oakland Raiders.’
This logo differed from the team’s helmet logo, which simply read ‘Raiders’ at the top.
In 1964, the team changed its logo again, this time using an all-black shield with the script simply saying ‘Raiders’ at the top. The crossing swords behind the raider were now white and the raider’s helmet was now silver with a black stripe, matching the team’s helmets.
The team kept this logo throughout its time in Los Angeles and upon returning to Oakland in 1995, the silver helmet on the logo was actually darkened slightly – very slightly.
In 2020, the Raiders’ primary logo was actually tweaked upon moving to Vegas and it’s little-known that the primary logo never matched the helmet logo until this year. The helmet logo always had the double white and black outline, however, if you look to your right you’ll see the team’s primary logo (but not the helmet logo) lacks the double-outline.
Which by the way, if you were to research the team’s time in LA, you’ll find the helmet logo is actually boasting the double white-black outline.
Anniversary Logos and My Take
Any NFL fan will love this logo – but it’s not my favorite of the 32 teams since I’m not a fan of a team’s wordmark being present on the uniform, and it includes the logos – like the Steelers and Jets, whose name also appears on the logo. Once upon a time, the Cincinnati Bengals were also part of this bunch.
Despite this quirk, there’s a lot to love about the team’s logo, one of which is longevity. They didn’t need to make a big chance upon their move to Los Angeles in 1982, and I don’t foresee a logo change with the team starting its newest era in Las Vegas unless Mark Davis’ goal is to unleash a riot in the Las Vegas Strip and trust me – when I originally wrote this article, we don’t need any more turmoil at the moment!
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