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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Did the Blues Steal a Jersey Design from a Fan?

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Paul Lukas over at ESPN's Page 2 has an interesting column out today about uniform designs submitted by fans to their favorite teams -- and what happens when those teams seem to use the designs without giving credit.

This story has a very local angle, with lifelong St. Louis Blues fan Darryl Swint submitting to the team in 2003 a design that bears a striking resemblance to the Blues' third jersey that debuted this year. You've likely seen it, the jersey with the Blue Note beneath the Gateway Arch.

Whether or not the Blues intentionally lifted the design from Swint, a graphic artist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is left up to debate, and Lukas gets both sides of the issue.

What do you think? Swint's design he submitted to the team in '03, and the new jersey, are side-by-side after the jump.

click to enlarge The new Blues jersey (left) and Swint's design (right). - ESPN
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  • The new Blues jersey (left) and Swint's design (right).

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