Cincinnati Royals Logo

Primary Logo (1971/72)

What is the Cincinnati Royals Logo?

Blue basketball wearing a red crown, five points on crown represents five starting players on a team


Bob Grove

Unveiled on Thursday, April 1, 1971
Image last updated on Monday, June 20, 2016

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Logo was sent in as an unsolicated concept by Bob Grove, a Cincinnati-based graphic designer in 1971. The team had coincidentally been considering a replacement to their long-used one-colour basketball globe wearing a crown logo when Grove's concept was delivered to the team offices. After four weeks the team decided to use Grove's design as their main logo beginning with the 1971-72 season.

"I started this project on my own not knowing the club was looking for a new emblem. I feel this new insignia gives the Royals more class and sophistication. The old emblem was basically just one colour, white. This new one is more massive and colourful. I wanted to keep the basketball and crown in the new insignia. The five points in the crown represent the five starting players. Initially I thought the old symbol needed to be redone quite a bit" -- Bob Grove, designer of the Cincinnati Royals 1971-72 logo



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