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Ottawa Unveils Team Name and Logo
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OTTAWA -- Ottawa’s new CFL team today announced that REDBLACKS will be the team’s official nickname and the logo will be a classic R on a background that represents a saw blade.  The announcement and logo reveal took place during a special event with over 3,000 football fans, Ottawa CFL alumni and special guests including CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon and CFL Hall of Famers Russ Jackson and Tony Gabriel in attendance.

“We are thrilled to confirm our team nick name and logo design and to finally be able to tell the story behind them,” said Jeff Hunt, President of the sports division of the REDBLACKS parent company, Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG).  “REDBLACKS represents Ottawa’s sports history and pays tribute to the Ottawa men and women who serve our country.  From the original Rough Riders in the 1890’s to the modern Ottawa Senators Hockey Club, red and black are the colours of Ottawa sport.  They are also the ceremonial colours of Ottawa’s Cameron Highlanders, the Governor General’s Foot Guards and the RCMP.  REDBLACKS gives us the opportunity to recognize our past and, at the same time, establish a fresh new identity for our team’s future.  It’s unique, maybe even a little edgy, and it’s a brand that we think will stand the test of time.”


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“The REDBLACKS logo design pays tribute to our Ottawa football past by reviving the traditional “R” of the Rough Riders with a slight difference,” said REDBLACKS Governor and OSEG Partner John Ruddy.  “The modern REDBLACKS “R” features two notches, which appear to have been cut with a saw, fused to a circular saw blade background.  The blade represents many of the characteristics we hope our players will demonstrate; speed, unstoppable  force, precision, balance, strong-as-steel and even dangerous.  It also has a relationship to Ottawa’s founding as a lumber industry town."

"This is a great day for the city of Ottawa and the entire region, and a great day for the CFL," said Mark Cohon, Commissioner of the Canadian Football League.  "The REDBLACKS, with strong local ownership and passionate fans, will be an organization we can all be proud of, on and off the field. And they will be at the heart of the modern CFL we're building together, with new stadiums across the country, a new TV deal that kicks in next season, and a future that is bright and bold and confident."

The team name and logo were revealed in a video presentation that provided context for the fans who attended the event.  It can also be seen on the REDBLACKS website, www.OttawaREDBLACKS.com .  The website is also an online store for team merchandise and reservations for season tickets.  Already, over 6,000 reservations for REDBLACKS season tickets have been made.

Fan Comments
dhawk11
the team logo's in the CFL looks like a game of scrabble, what can you spell using the letters BC, S, A, EE, A, W, and R.
June 11, 2013 - 6:45pm
 
saskfan56
Just like to add that the logo is great, they got that part right.
June 10, 2013 - 7:54pm
 
saskfan56
Don't know what was ever wrong with the Renegades. One thing for sure, two teams in a 9 team league with the same name would have been bush. Ottawa had the name first, but they forfeited when they folded. I'd say the same if roles were reversed and Sask was coming back in. As for the Red-Blacks, it does smack of high school football.
June 10, 2013 - 7:35pm
 
*C*F*L*
I can see where the nickname has some merit, and also where it seems nutty. Could have went with Rebels, or Runnin' Rebels to keep the "R" on the helmet. Ottawa could have chosen any nickname and kept the team colours red and black. They didn't have to name the club Red Blacks to keep with nickname. Might as well named the RedBlacks F-C, so we know they are a FootballClub.

Right now I think the name is ''out there''. But I am sure in 3-4-5 years we'll be accustomed to it, and will be mainstream with our CFL jargon.

Looking forward to the day when Ottawa lines up against my Calgary Red Whites.
June 09, 2013 - 6:12pm
 
*C*F*L*
I can see where the nickname has some merit, and also where it seems nutty. Could have went with Rebels, or Runnin' Rebels to keep the "R" on the helmet. Ottawa could have chosen any nickname and kept the team colours red and black. They didn't have to name the club Red Blacks to keep with nickname. Might as well named the RedBlacks F-C, so we know they are a FootballClub.

Right now I think the name is ''out there''. But I am sure in 3-4-5 years we'll be accustomed to it, and will be mainstream with our CFL jargon.

Looking forward to the day when Ottawa lines up against my Calgary Red Whites.
June 09, 2013 - 6:12pm
 
Lois M.McGuire
Name is joke!! ! Will never wear any thing with that name. Can't believe any one of sound mind would use that laughable Name. They will always be the Rough Riders!!
June 09, 2013 - 4:06pm
 
MrKus
I love it. "RedBlacks" is brilliant. Perfectly unique, traditional Ottawa colours, and they keep the “R” in their name it reminds me of one of the best nicknames in all of sports: the New Zealand “All Blacks.” The reference to Rugby is also in keeping with the CFL as it says on the the Grey cup it’s self. "Presented to the Rugby football champions”
June 09, 2013 - 3:30pm
 
sportsfanatic.biz
This is terrible. The Ottawa Redblacks? Almost sounds racist. A single a baseball team would be embarrassed by this name. Ridiculous.
June 09, 2013 - 3:24pm
 
JoJo
Worst name ever! That is pathetic. Was the object to pick a name that was stupid???
June 09, 2013 - 1:49pm
 
113Bradley
I'm sure the fans in Ottawa are really going to be pumped by this choice. LOL. LOL. Talk about lack of imagination. WOW!!
June 09, 2013 - 1:41pm
 
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