Skip to comments.NBA to employ fashion police in arenas
Posted on 10/19/2005 7:11:28 AM PDT by Millee
The National Basketball Association is implementing a "business casual" dress code that bans much of the sportswear favoured by its players, a memo released revealled.The memo goes into effect November 1 - Opening Night - and bans sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, shorts, sports apparel, headgear, displayed jewelry, sunglasses, headphones, sneakers, sandals and work boots. In most cases, it does not require a sport coat and never requires a tie.
"Dress jeans" are acceptable, although the memo did not indicate what qualifies as "dress jeans."
However, the days of Allen Iverson doing a postgame interview in a New York Yankees cap, a Donovan McNabb jersey and a pair of unlaced boots clearly are over.
The dress code applies to "team or league business," which constitutes all activity conducted on behalf of the team or the league where the player is seen by or interacts with fans, business partners, the public, the media or other third parties.
The memo also did not indicate whether fines would be levied upon players who are not in compliance with the dress code.
However, it appears the NBA will have a platoon of "fashion police."
"We know it's not possible to create a dress policy that will anticipate every possible situation," the memo said.
"Our policy therefore will be interpreted in all cases to ensure that players are neatly and professionally attired, while not being unfairly burdensome."
Players at games but not in uniform must also wear a sport coat. Teams are permitted to make their dress codes more formal.
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that bling.
Looks like they are finally realizing that the gangster image, while temporarily creating a fad that brought them some new fans, is eroding the leagues support among middle America. Hopefully, middle America won't be fooled and go back to the NBA.
OMG! The Administrators of the NBA are RACISTS!
NBA = Not really Basketball Assn.
I can turn on a game in the evening, though, and go to sleep quickly..........
Ahhh yes - lipstick on a pig - that'll save the NBA.
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