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NCAA rules committee bans #hashtags on football fields

Dumb & Dumber

“Just when I thought you couldn’t possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this… and totally redeem yourself!!!” — Harry Dunne, 1994.

Fast-forward nearly two decades, and the NCAA and its committees has — once again — assumed the role of Lloyd Christmas.

Given the tremendous amount of criticism raining down on the NCAA over the past year or two thanks to its own incompetence, you would think The Association would have more pressing issues than social media nomenclature being placed on college football fields.  You, of course, would be dead wrong as the NCAA Football Rules Committee has approved a measure that “social media designations such as URL’s and hashtags, are prohibited” on the playing field, end zone and sidelines.

Mississippi State was the first FBS school to place a Twitter hashtag on its field (#HAILSTATE) in November of 2011.  Since then, schools have utilized them in increasing numbers to draw attention to their social media websites.

When it comes to the actual hashtags, I’m personally agnostic as most look rather clumsy and completely out of place.  The point is, though, it would seem the NCAA and its committees have bigger fish to fry — and more important toothpaste to cram back into the tube — than wasting its time picking nits on something as meaningless as hashtags on a football field/.

There are, though, $everal thing$ $till allowed on the playing field:

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.

Also new this season is all end zone pylons “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.”

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11 Responses to “NCAA rules committee bans #hashtags on football fields”
  1. vincentbojackson says: May 1, 2013 6:53 PM

    Might be time for the NCAA to consult someone under the age of 60 before making decisions they don’t quite understand.

  2. whitdog23 says: May 1, 2013 7:34 PM

    #AGREE with the rule

  3. thraiderskin says: May 1, 2013 8:15 PM

    party poopers!

  4. alligatorsnapper says: May 1, 2013 8:44 PM

    I am neither agnostic or atheistic concerning hashtags. I think the NCAA once again is showing its stupidity. Let them eliminate stupid rules rather than make another one. Twelve hundred pages of regulations (and counting!). Add another page for hash tags.

    If stadiums want to sell their space to a social media company or some other entity they should be able to do it. It is their business.

    Stadiums are being renamed or named (e.g. the Mercedes Benz Superdome) so why discriminate against social media companies or anyone at paying for such? That seems to be discrimination.

    A college or stadium can name its field, its stadium, its parking lot, selling advertising rights and naming rights, etc. but now the NCAA in its infinite wisdom has decided that their member schools cannot make money off hash tags?

  5. pjduffey says: May 1, 2013 8:53 PM

    Some fucking word on the field that doesn’t affect warrants a dedicated ruling, but painting the field THE SAME COLOR AS THE HOME TEAM’S UNIFORMS is no problem?

  6. suprmous says: May 2, 2013 12:31 AM

    Guess they’re not too fond of keepin up with the sign of the times, huh?

  7. deadeye says: May 2, 2013 8:53 AM

    “Some fucking word on the field that doesn’t affect warrants a dedicated ruling, but painting the field THE SAME COLOR AS THE HOME TEAM’S UNIFORMS is no problem?”


    I agree the Boise situation is appalling.

    But here is a question I’ve pondered, if it’s an advantage for Boise to have the same color uniform as the field, then is it also an advantage for Michigan State?

    If the NCAA moves against Boise, in all fairness they need to address teams that wear green as well.

  8. auburntigers34 says: May 2, 2013 9:15 AM

    good for the ncaa. #hashtagsarestupid

  9. florida727 says: May 2, 2013 10:37 AM

    #personally #I #think #there’s #nothing #wrong #with #the #NCAA’s #ruling. #if #sponsors #or #companies #want #to #advertise #their #name #or #business, #and #do #so #with #or #without #the #use #of #hashtags, #I #say #so #be #it. #what’s #the #big #deal? #it’s #not #like #they’re #annoying #or #anything…

  10. Steven says: May 2, 2013 12:50 PM

    Michigan State hasn’t worn all green since John L. Smith was the coach. It didn’t help us at all. These days we don’t have green pants, so there’s a contrast between State’s uniforms and the field unlike Bosie and their all blue outfits.

    As for the hashtag ruling, doesn’t the NCAA have better things to do like pay witnesses to lie about Miami, Florida? Honestly, this seems like such a petty ruling.

  11. manchestermiracle says: May 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    Relevant social media advertisers will now make sure it runs all proposals through the NCAA first, along with the appropriate check, thus reversing this rule.

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