The Badgers’ fans aren’t fond of the term “Badger Football” as they continue to love it.
In a new survey of Badger fans by The Associated Press, more than half of the team’s fans (56 percent) said they’re “very” or “somewhat” likely to call the sport “Badgers.”
The survey, conducted online by ESPN and The Associated Sport, also found that more than two-thirds of the Badgers fans (68 percent) want the team to have a new name and logo, as well as a new mascot.
“I would like to see a Badger Football logo with a Badgers logo, but I’m not sure that that’s what fans want,” Badger defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis said.
“There’s a lot of people that think it’s a nickname for the Badger team.”
In recent years, the Badgies have made a concerted effort to distance themselves from the moniker and to promote a more inclusive culture.
The Badgers have recently released a new jersey with a new logo.
In addition to changing the name of their home stadium, the team has also started marketing their home games as “Badgie Stadium,” which the team said will be the official name of the stadium in 2018.
Lewis said the team should also be able to have their home field, including the new name, announced before the game, something that hasn’t happened in the past.
The new logo, Lewis said, will also help promote a positive, more inclusive environment.
“The logo should have a Badge logo on it and be an official logo of the club,” he said.
Lewis also said that he and many of his teammates think the nickname should be changed, too.
“If we were to change the nickname, we would need to do it on the field and not off the field, because people will see the new logo and they’ll see our team, so it would be an issue for us as well,” Lewis said of the potential change.
“When we’re on the sidelines, it’s the same Badger logo on the jersey and off the jersey, so we would just change the logo and go with it.”