Raptors follow Blue
TORONTO (CP) - The maple leaf and the colour
red, dropped from the logo design of the Toronto Blue Jays,
are about to find a new home on the uniforms of the Toronto
The NBA team will unveil a second road uniform
for the coming season that will incorporate the colours red,
white and black, along with a maple leaf that will be displayed
prominently on the team's shorts.
"This is not at all, in any way, a reaction
to what the Blue Jays have done," Raptors president Richard
Peddie said Monday. "These sorts of design changes have
to be submitted to the league for its approval like a year in
"We're not slamming the Blue Jays. We're
just going in a different direction."
Last week, the Blue Jays found themselves
taking some heat after they unveiled a new logo that was missing
two of the key elements many felt defined the baseball team
as Canadian - the colour red and the maple leaf.
The new logo of the American League club,
which will go into full use next year, features a stern-looking
bird with the word "Jays" in colours the team describes
as "blue, metallic silvers and metallic graphite with black-and-white
The Raptors are still a couple of weeks away
from officially launching their new road uniforms, but Peddie
revealed Monday the uniforms will be predominantly red, white
and black. A maple leaf will be added to the shorts.
The team's name will run across the front
of the jersey in place of the city's name that is on the current
road uniforms, which are purple and black.