Right after the unveiling of this worst kept secret of Singapore football days ago, barrage of skepticism were hurled from all corners on the Republic's only professional sporting competition, labelled it nothing more than just comestic makeover than attempt to eradicate the root problems once and for all.
"They are just trying to bury the ghost, without realising that soil can’t keep the spirit out of its tomb," said a former FAS official who declined to be named when sharing his thoughts on this rebranding exercise with this blogger via text.
He added:"Instead of fixing something that’s broken, they give it a new coat of paint and call it new." on the changes such as the name of the competition which many fans opined the name 'PREMIER LEAGUE' is already synonymous with the dominant English Premier League (EPL).
|TO BE INSPIRED THE 'RIGHT' WAY. (source)|
A number of fans registered their opinions (source:1, 2) on the new logo which some critics insisted there are similarities with a logo once proposed for Detroit Lions in the States and that of the EPL's.
A feedback posted by Sytse Korts, a member on this blog's Facebook page did not mince his words when he suggested the new logo is like "a lion head that looks like it got squished between MRT carriages".
Korts went on to denounce the timing of the rebranding in his post, when he added:"If they (FAS) were gonna (sic) do a name change, it should have been done with more fanfare; announce it now to start in 2019,
"But no, FAS does this less than two weeks before the season starts; no time to properly advertise and build synergy with other brands or have community outreach."
|The introduction of the SGPL logo (via FAS media release)|
"This isn't how you do rebranding. Who even rebrands weeks before the start of the season?" said Bhas K.
"Rebranding was the final shot at redeeming Singapore soccer and they (FAS) blew it with this superficial cosmetic toothless exercise.
"There are structural and systemic issues that need to be addressed all the way down to club level as part of rebranding. No one is going to come watch your league just cause you have a new logo and name."