Bikini Basketball League's Miami Spice Steal Seattle SuperSonics' Logo

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterSeptember 28, 2012

Photo Credit: Gossip Extra
Photo Credit: Gossip Extra

The Bikini Basketball League will not enter its inaugural season without accusations of some sexy plagiarism taking place. 

It seems the Miami Spice franchise used a great deal of the classic Seattle SuperSonics logo. 

Don't take my word for it. See for yourself. 

That would be two logos, one used for decades by the former NBA team so beloved in the Emerald City. The other is the logo used by a team that will soon place a bunch of hot women in bikinis on a basketball court and call it a job well done. 

Judging by the possible copyright infraction, this league will be just like the Lingerie Football League, but lazy. 

Royce Young of CBS Sports offers, "I don't really know if that crosses the ground of copyright laws or if it's a fair use thing."

The Sonics have been defunct since the 2007-2008 season. After that year, the franchise was moved to Oklahoma City and rebranded the Thunder. 

Dylan Murphy of SportsGrid directs our attention to Reddit, where a heated debate takes place as to whether the Miami Spice should be in any sort of trouble. 

I welcome any answers you readers may have. Regardless of whether this is indeed an illegal use of a logo, it still illustrates an extremely lazy approach to branding. 

If this were an homage to the SuperSonics, it would be one thing. It just seems like this may be more of a blatant rip off. 

Not cool, no matter how long a franchise has been dead. RIP, sweet Seattle SuperSonics. 


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