Tampa Bay Buccaneers Primary Logo
The team"s spokesman describes the new logo, "The enhanced logo still features the team's iconic, windswept red battle flag, while sporting a more menacing skull positioned over crossed swords and a football."
2014 - Present
The Buccaneers unveiled a slightly altered logo on February 20, 2014. The laces on the football are white on the new logo instead of black. Overall, the changes appear subtle. The “skull and swords” remain central to the appearance. However, the appearance is cleaner than its predecessor.
1997 - 2013
For the 1997 season, the Buccaneers worked with the NFL to develop a more marketable and intimidating look in order to improve the team’s image. “Bucco Bruce” was replaced by a red flag displaying a white pirate skull and crossed sabres which is a modified Jolly Roger similar to that of Calico Jack. The flag was mounted on another sabre.
1976 - 1996
Long-time Tampa Tribune cartoonist Lamar Sparkman designed the first team logo. Faced with the challenge of designing a logo that did not closely resemble that of the other “pirates” in the league, the Oakland Raiders, Sparkman came up with a pirate in a plumed slouch hat, with a large hoop earring, clutching a dagger in his teeth. The pirate appeared to be winking. He came to be known as “Bruce the Buccaneer” or “Buccaneer Bruce” sometime shortened to “Bucco Bruce.”
Sports Logo Case Study #6—1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' original "creamsicle" uniforms are back in the news. For the past several years, the team has hosted a "throwback day," complete with retro uniforms, field markings, and era-appropriate in-stadium music. It has proven to be a very popular promotion, one that showcases the now-classic orange and red "Bucco Bruce" logo, once derided and now embraced. Nostalgia is a powerful emotion.
In April 1974 the NFL granted an expansion franchise to Tampa, Florida, slated to start play in 1976. "A name the team" contest resulted in the name "Buccaneers," the winner over other choices such as Sailors, Buzzards, and Coastal Tides.
The new team's logo was introduced to the public on April 14, 1975.
A team publication stated the following:
"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will take the field in their inaugural National Football League season attired in colorful uniforms and sporting an emblem which are unique and exemplify the bold, brave spirit of the entire Tampa Bay area.