In 1997, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finally updated their team colors, logo, and uniform. The Bucs switched from the orange Creamsicle look they had had since they began play in the mid 1970s to a more intimidating color combination of red, black, and pewter. They also changed the team’s logo so that it was more in line with a pirate theme. The new logo consisted of a flag bearing a skull atop two crossed sabers in a skull and crossbones like appearance. The Oakland Raiders would file suit claiming that the new logo infringed on their trademark, and sought to not allow the Buccaneers to wear their new uniforms within the state of California. The suit was dismissed though as intellectual property lawsuits need to be filed on the federal level.