After years of brinkmanship and false starts, it's finally happening: The Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.
But there are still lots of unanswered questions. Where will the new Vegas stadium be built? Where will the Raiders play in the meantime? And, most crucially, will the team's relocation result in new uniforms?
At first glance, the obvious answer to that last question might appear to be no. The Raiders' look has barely changed over the last half-century, a time period that included a move to Los Angeles and then a move back to Oakland (although they've made some very subtle tweaks along the way). Their look is timeless and classic, so why change it now?
Then again, you could just as easily argue that the Raiders are overdue for a makeover, and that the NFL's first Las Vegas franchise should be wearing something flashier. In addition, the Raiders aren't expected to begin playing in Vegas until two years from now -- which is exactly how long it typically takes for an NFL team and its retail partners to develop a new uniform set and bring it to market.
Fortunately, the rest of us don't have to wait that long. So it's time for our latest Uni Watch challenge: Redesign the Raiders for their move to Las Vegas.
Here are the ground rules:
Your entry must include a primary logo, full home and road uniforms (helmet, jersey, pants, socks) and a jersey patch commemorating the team's first season in Vegas. If you like, you can also include secondary logos, a throwback or alternate uniform, and a Color Rush uniform, but those aren't required.
You can keep the team's classic silver-black color scheme or give it a completely new set of colors. (One caveat: In keeping with longstanding Uni Watch chromatic policy, entries with even a hint of purple will not be considered.)
Your designs can be created in any digital or analog medium (Illustrator, Photoshop, crayon, whatever) and can be submitted in any standard digital format (JPG, PDF, TIFF, etc.). You can also create a video presentation, upload it to YouTube, and submit the YouTube link as your entry.
The files you submit should be named after yourself (PaulLukas.jpg, for example). If you're submitting multiple files, please either number them (PaulLukas1.jpg, PaulLukas2.jpg, etc.) or use some other designation (PaulLukas-homeuni.jpg, PaulLukas-logo.jpg, etc.). Files that don't follow this format will not be considered.
Email your entry to Uni Watch HQ. If you have more than one concept, feel free to enter as many times as you like.
Deadline: Thursday, April 6, 7 p.m. ET.
The best entries will be showcased in an upcoming Uni Watch column. Get crackin'!