The NFL has historically kept a stranglehold on what they allow and disallow from their players. In a continuing effort to ease up a bit, they’ve backed off their hard and fast rules prohibiting players footwear.
This comes after a ruling that will allow players to celebrate when they score a touchdown more freely without being penalized.
ESPN reports that under the new guidelines governing approved footwear, players will be permitted to wear whatever they please during pregame warm ups. Anything bearing a trademarked logo outside of those approved by the league (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour) remain prohibited.
As does anything that the league deems offensive or political in nature.
Last season, Odell Beckham Jr. was famously fined $18,000 for wearing cleats that honored the late-Craig Sager shortly after his passing, drawing massive amounts of criticism from media and fans.
Those would be allowed during pregame warm ups under the new rules.
They’ve also softened their stance on what shoes the players can wear in the game. In the past, teams were asked to designate a dominant color, and the players were forced to oblige in wearing shoes of that color. Teams will no longer be required to do that, and players are allowed to wear shoes that are all white, or all black whenever they so choose.
The NFL has gotten a lot of flack over the years for attempting to suck the fun and personality out of the game. Decreased viewership appears to have struck the message home, and they’re attempting to make strides in letting the players be themselves a little more.
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