The following is a list of American sports team names and mascots that draw upon religious symbolism. Given the prevalence of Christian groups and institutions in the United States, the vast majority of these symbols, though basically generic, can be assumed to come from Christian sources. However, teams deriving their image from symbols belonging to other systems of religious and pseudo-religious belief have also been included, and where a lack of symbolic representation in the sports world is conspicuous—as with Jewish teams and organizations—there follows discussion as to why.
Sports clubs and teams base their image or mascot on variety of factors, such as the desire of athletes to pick a symbol that will convey the things they are supposed to possess, such as strength, courage, aggression and endurance. Scholars have drawn connections to confirm this between desires such as these and the religious totems found in polythesim, where visual representations of animals are used as symbols to express the physical and spiritual qualities of community.In this adoration of a mascot by a school or company can be seen as religiously significant. However, economic factors must also be considered as both schools and sports franchise owners want to make money. Just as vast revenue can be generated by an appealing, marketable symbol so can profits be lost if the symbol in question, is offensive enough to alienate potential fans. This consideration as well can explain why sectarian religious symbols are rarely used in sports team names and mascots.
The mascots for the 2010 Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Paralympics were Miga and Quatchi, and Sumi respectively, who had a sidekick, Mukmuk. The four mascots were introduced on November 27, 2007. They were designed by the Canadian and American duo, Meomi Design. It was the first time the Olympic and Paralympic mascots were introduced at the same time.
The emblem of 2010 Winter Olympics, "Ilanaaq the Inukshuk", was picked through an open contest. However, it met criticism from some aboriginal groups over its design. So the mascot artist was selected through a competition.
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