The NCAA is here to once again ruin all fun. The Bylaw Blog's John Infante tweeted out an NCAA Football Rules Committee April bulletin confirming that, among other things, the NCAA has banned Twitter hashtags and URLs on college football fields.
Let's dissect each rule change. First:
1. Except as noted herein, there may be no advertising on the field, which includes the end zones and sideline areas (Rule 1-2-1-h). Only these items are allowed:
-- NCAA logo
-- Conference logo
-- College/university name and logo
-- Team name and logo
-- Name of the commercial entity with purchased naming rights to the facility in no more than two locations (Note: the entity's commercial logo is not allowed.)
-- Postseason game: Name/commercial logo of only the title sponsor associated with the name of the postseason game. There may be a maximum of three such advertisements: a single advertisement centered on the 50-yard line and no more than two smaller flanking advertisements. These advertisements must adhere to paragraph 2 below. No other advertisements, either by the title sponsor or by any other commercial entity, may be on the field.
All other items, including social media designations such as URL's and hashtags, are prohibited."
Potential loophole: changing your school's official team name and/or logo to a Twitter hashtag. Boom.
So I guess the school will have to apply for an NCAA waiver to throw a #BostonStrong on the Alumni Stadium turf?
But wait, there's more:
3. New in 2013 Each pylon may bear a manufacturer's logo or trademark. Institutional logos, conference logos and the name/commercial logo of the title sponsor of postseason games are also allowed. Any such marking may not extend more than 3 inches on any side. (Rule 1-2-6)
So school's can't have any nefarious Twitter hashtags on the turf but corporate sponsors on the pylons for bowl games ... totally acceptable. The NCAA must protect those Famous Idaho Potato ads on the pylons AT ALL COSTS!
1. New in 2013 Jersey numerals must be of a color that itself is clearly in distinct contrast with the color of the jersey, irrespective of any border around the number. (Rule 1-4-4-c-3) (This rule takes effect in 2013 for FBS institutions, and in 2014 for FCS, D-II and D-III institutions.)
I'm going to go ahead and call this the Oregon rule. So to be clear, teams can wear the same color uniform as is on their home turf but they can't wear the same color uniform and numbers. Makes sense. I guess this rules out any potential Boston College maroon/maroon, white/white or gold/gold uniform numbering combos.
2. Towels must be solid white and must measure no smaller than 4" X 12" and no larger than 6" X 12." (Rule 1-4-6-a) (Size specification is new in 2013.)
Leave it to the NCAA to crack down on non-white towels the year after Spaz was fired. Typical NCAA.