When it comes to branding and marketing a sports franchise, it all starts with the jerseys. When people watch a team play, that’s the primary way in which they will become familiar with the teams logos and colors, which are the building blocks of advertising and paraphernalia revenue. That’s why it’s important to have a jersey that doesn’t suck. You want an aesthetically pleasing design that people will think is cool, thereby making your team seem cool. It’s not rocket science.
Of course, it goes without saying that you don’t want any errors on your team’s jerseys. Nevertheless, almost unbelievably, errors happen all the time, the most common form being a misspelled player or team name. Now, obviously, mistakes happen. Humans are imperfect, and since sports jerseys tend to be handmade, there are bound to be mistakes. So it’s not so much the fact that some 47-year-old woman in Bangladesh doesn’t know how to spell a baseball team’s name that is surprising. What’s surprising is that the errors aren’t always caught before the jerseys make their way onto the field, into marketing campaigns, or on store shelves.
So today we’re taking a look at some of the more notable (and hilarious) cases of misspelled jerseys from the world of sports. Some of them are no big deal—like when some team equipment manager misspells a rookie’s name. Because hey, he’s a rookie. But others are less forgivable—like when the player is the best to ever play a sport, or the team’s name is missing a letter. Those are the ones that really ought to be caught, and which make us laugh all the more. So check ‘em out.