That lovely college athletics governing body solved another immediate non-crisis in college football today.
The NCAA rules committee ruled that Twitter hashtags aren’t allowed to be on football fields this season.
You can read the entire memo from the NCAA here, but the only items allowed on the field are:
- 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.
I wasn’t in love with hashtags on football fields, but I certainly wouldn’t want to ban them either.
The only two SEC teams that painted hashtags on their field last season were Mississippi State and Arkansas.