Raiders Primary Logo
The Las Vegas Raiders’ primary logo has a long and storied history that dates back to the team’s inception in 1960. The original design featured a white shield with two crossed swords, an interlocking “LV”, and the words “Las Vegas Raiders.” This logo was used until 1961 when it was replaced by one featuring a pirate-like figure wearing an eye patch on his left eye along with two crossed swords behind him. This version of the logo lasted until 1964 when it was changed again to feature just the letters “RAI,” which stood for Raiders Athletics Incorporated (the team's corporate name at that time).
In 1966, another change came about as now only one sword appeared in front of what looked like either flames or lightning bolts surrounding them. A few years later this design evolved into its current form: two crossed swords underneath a football helmet outlined by silver and black stripes representing both sides of their fan base who were located all over California at that time. The iconic shield shape remained unchanged throughout these various iterations but additional elements such as stars have been added since then to give it more depth and character.
Today, nearly sixty years after its initial conception; Las Vegas Raiders' primary logo is still instantly recognizable around the world due largely in part because they have kept true to their roots while also evolving over time so much so that even if you don't know anything about American Football or sports teams from Nevada - chances are you can pick out this particular emblem right away! It stands proud across jerseys worn every Sunday during NFL season; reminding us all why we love our favorite teams no matter where they play their games – home sweet home!
NFL teams' logos are iconic symbols of the sport, and fans nationwide have long debated which logo is best. The Las Vegas Raiders have joined in on this debate with a fierce battle against other NFL teams to determine who has the most loyal fan base and best logo. With passionate support from their dedicated fanbase, it's no surprise that they're among the top contenders for victory in this epic league-wide competition!
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2020 - Present
In 2020, Las Vegas Raiders have added a black outline to their shield that consists of the wordmark “RAIDERS” at the top, two crossed cutlasses with handles up and cutting edge down, and superimposed head of a Raider wearing a football helmet and a black eye patch covering his right eye.
1964 - 1981, 1995 - 2019
The Raiders logo continued as a shield that consists of the wordmark “RAIDERS” at the top, two crossed cutlasses with handles up and cutting edge down, and superimposed head of a Raider wearing a football helmet and a black eye patch covering his right eye.
1982 - 1994
No changes to the logo that accompanied the team to Los Angeles.
Al Davis scrapped the black and gold color scheme for a sleeker, sexier silver and black look, and spiced up the logo adding the wordmark “THE OAKLAND RAIDERS” to the top and crossed swords in behind the likeness of actor Randolph Scott, the man whom the Raider pirate is modeled after and an actor famous for his many star turns in Western films in the 1950’s.
1960 - 1962
Chet Soda, the Raiders’ first general partner hired a well known sportswriter Gene Lawrence Perry as the first Director of Public Relations of the Raiders. Perry (who was hired in 1959 as the first front office hire) commissioned an unknown Berkeley artist and asked that a logo be created to include a helmeted man with an eyepatch and with a firm chin of a Randolph Scott, a well known Westerns actor.
The created logo for their newly minted Raiders, a pirate wearing a football helmet with an eye patch on a gold football background. Two white swords in black trim with gold handles criss cross behind the football.