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Volume 26 No. 105
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Spurs Embrace Latin Culture With Loteria Schedule Release

The Spurs "went all in on San Antonio 'cultura' when they released their NBA schedule" for the '19-20 season as a "set of loteria cards, with each opponent getting its own loteria-style logo," according to Richard Marini of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. Loteria is the "Mexican version of Bingo, a generations-old tradition that uses a deck of cards featuring a set of images and characters," instead of bingo's use of "numbered ping pong balls." On the Spurs schedule release, each team's "logo is different, with only a few going for the obvious." For example, the Suns are "represented by an orange-faced sun on a basketball." The Nets, "on the other hand, shows a subway car rather than the more predictable basketball hoop." Similarly, the Celtics card "sports a four-leaf clover," while the Pacers shows a "pair of checkered flags." The cards also "include the team names in Spanglish." In addition to a card with the Spurs logo, the team's "Coyote appears on two cards, ones as the flying mammal-catching Batyote." Spurs Senior Graphic Designer Owen Lindsey said that he "worked hard to keep the look of the cards authentic, as if they might be an actual deck, although for now the cards are available in digital form only" (SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/29).