NFL Team Franchise Pantone Colors!

Ever find yourself in need of a sports team color for a design piece? Well, I did, and darned if they aren’t a bear to find!

While the official colors of the NFL teams are a well-guarded secret, some teams’ colors (like the Seahawks and the Packers) are readily available and listed on their web site in an official brand standards guide (but the majority are not).

While searching for a list of NFL team colors, I stumbled upon this document list of NFL team colors. However, some were not accurate and some teams were not listed, and who wants to dig through a multi-page document, anyway?

In order to assemble an accurate list of NFL team colors, I buckled down and put in the man hours to search out teams that did list their colors freely on their websites and converted colors samples from online images of team colors when no PMS color was publicly available.

For all you sports-loving designers out there, I happily present the NFL Team Franchise PMS Color Guide, complete with an Adobe Swatch Exchange file your downloading pleasure!

Just download the ASE file, import into your Adobe program of choice, grab the colors* you’re looking for, and design away!

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*All color specifications are accurate to the best of my research ability. I do not claim that these are official NFL Pantone Team color, but close simulations.


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12 Comments on “NFL Team Franchise Pantone Colors!


    Well at least the Texans have the best colors!


      Even if I did agree with you, that would be the only best they had! Go Bronco’s! 🙂


    Hi Kandra,

    Thank you for posting this! I’m curious though, are these colors not protected by the NFL? We’re researching this issue for a client.

    Cheers,

    Steven


      Based on the information I could gather, many teams name their PMS colors. So Cardinals Red is not the same as 49ers Red, even though they are the same color. I assume that color name would be protected. Never use Cardinals Red… specify PMS 184 =)

      I was not able to find any official NFL list of Pantone colors, but some teams did have a media guide that listed their colors and/or listed the colors on their website. Other colors were obtained from the list linked above, and updated / corrected based on research I did.

      I also believe that the teams “own” the colors, not the NFL. But again that is an assumption. I tried to reach out to the NFL, but didn’t receive any replies (nor did I expect to).

      Glad the color list was helpful!


      My understanding is that any entity can trademark a particular PMS color, since there’s literally probably billions of CMYK color combinations (even if two colors could look identical to the naked eye and only using the eyedropper tool could reveal the actual combination.) I love the Seahawks current “College Navy” and “Action Green” color scheme. May have to get my truck repainted now…


    You’ve credited me for this listing (without my knowledge I should add), but most of these are either incorrect, or from about 10 years ago.

    Almost all of these teams have made changes to the majority of their colors.

    And yes – the NFL DOES project these as proprietary information.

    (Which is why I do not divulge them.)


      Thank you for the clarification. As noted in the post, I did use your older document as a starting point. I then verified as many colors as I could through team websites, media kits, etc… (all information that is publicly available). If updated information was not available / public, we just went with the closest match we could find and/or colors from the older list.


    This is so helpful Kandra! But how do I download the ASE file? Also, I would love an NBA version of this!


      Hi Mary –
      The ASE file is available for download behind the social media icons right under the infographic.
      I’ll see what I can do about the NBA colors!


        My pop blocker was blocking the icons! But now I see them.


          That’s great new Mary! Enjoy the ASE file =)


    I’d love to track down an NHL version of this. I know the NY Islanders use PMS 287 and PMS 1655 and the Dallas Stars use PMS 3425 and PMS 877