NFL will factor color blindness into future “Color Rush” games

AP

Last night’s game between the Bills and Jets featured the first Nikefied “Color Rush” matchup. The All Red versus All Green uniforms created a problem for folks watching at home whose rods and cones aren’t configured to allow for red and green to be distinguished.

The NFL now says it plans to factor potential colorblindness into next year’s “Color Rush” promotion, if there is one.

“The Color Rush jerseys are a test for four games this season, the first of which was last night,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. “We did test the jerseys this summer on field and on television. The standard television test did not account for color blindness for fans at home that became apparent last night. We will enhance our testing to include a color blindness analysis to better address this issue in the future.”

The next three “Color Rush” games will include Week 11 (Titans-Jaguars), Week 12 (Panthers-Cowboys), and Week 15 (Buccaneers-Rams). And since it’s a “test” for this year, there’s no guarantee that the “Color Rush” will be back in 2016.

136 responses to “NFL will factor color blindness into future “Color Rush” games

  1. Thats kind of a bummer, since I thought it was a neat look.

    Reminded me of the NHL’s Winter Classic a few years back where the Maple Leafs wore all blue and the Red Wings all red.

  2. This is just like people with too much time on their hands sitting in cubicles at Facebook and coming up with changes that make it worse.

  3. Classic NFL solution: All future Color Rush games will feature teams wearing identical uniforms. Problem solved.

  4. I have an idea……have the cheerleaders wear the color rush colors instead of the players. that way, there will be a lot less of those colors to see.

  5. Darwin is rolling over in his grave. Until the Color Blind lobby manages to transform the traffic light system, lets not get to worked up about the latest infringed group. Here’s a helpful hint….If you see a “butt fumble” on your TV, that team is the JESTs.

  6. I’m not color blind and those uniforms bumped me to the point where I could barely focus on the game. The Bills all looked like the Elf on the Shelf and the Jets looked like Gumby.

    For God’s sake, stop messing with the uniforms. What, is the NFL’s goal to be more like college football, where you can’t even tell which teams are playing without looking at the scoreboard?

    Enough. Seriously.

  7. Color rush, uniform cop fiascos, LA dithering (& resulting abandonment of a 2016 season there)– Goodell is using any and everything distraction he can to avoid discussion about his personal Big Three fireable issues: selling out the NFL to the gamblers, a players discipline system in shambles after 5 court reversals, no real progress on concussions (and the movie about to be released)… Bye Rog…

  8. Here’s an idea….since it CLEARLY says or shows the name of the team or their logo, why don’t we just leave it as it is? Is there something that people can’t complain about? Holy crap!

  9. So a group of people got paid to come up with this wow, aint life grand. Hey, lets have a bunch of color themed games, the NFL and Nike are doing way too much.

  10. I liked it.. I thought it was pretty cool.. Gives you something different to look at and not the same uniforms we all love.. Wish they could wear 4 different types of uniforms and helmets per team as long as they keep the same symbols.. Love to see. My birds breakout the old white helmets with the modernized green wings or black helmet and green wings and all black uniforms.

  11. The NFL has to change something every freaking year.

    One year it’s playing games overseas, the next its adding Thuersday night games (which are horrible), then the kick off rules get changed, then the PAT rules…what’s next?

    My guess is a Super Bowl in Beijing

  12. Treat your eyes next week to the beautiful sight of Marcus Mariota putting up 4 more touchdowns against the questionable all-gold Jaguars uniforms.

  13. I’m colorblind. I’ve been colorblind for years. You learn to live it with. If people who are colorblind had trouble determining which team was which during the game last night. They shouldn’t be watching football, because they are more idiot than they are colorblind.

  14. pittsburgh84 says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:29 PM
    Thats kind of a bummer, since I thought it was a neat look.

    Reminded me of the NHL’s Winter Classic a few years back where the Maple Leafs wore all blue and the Red Wings all red.

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    Except that those unis were retro-cool, unlike these abominations.

  15. looks like they’re giving me another reason to NOT watch the Panthers-Cowboys game on Thanksgiving.

  16. Much ado about nothing.

    After all, the NFL brain trust is “color blind”….all they see is green. But, it’s all they want to see, so, they suffer through.

  17. daytontriangles says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:52 PM
    Leave the monochrome uniforms for the high school and college teams where they belong.

    In the NFL jerseys and pants should be separate colors, both for home and away.

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    Agreed. With the monochrome unis, socks & cleats, they looked like toddlers running around in their Dr. Denton’s.

  18. Just microchip their jerseys like the NHL did with hockey pucks in the 90s and give viewers the option to edit views on their screens with the on screen positional data.

    Colorblind people could make their own teams more identifiable. But also, it could be fun if you think about all the options.

    You could for example make a program that could give Green Bay players cheese heads, Bears players actually look like Bears, Make the Giants look 5 times taller than normal, or highlight a specific player on your screen at all times if you want to follow one guy. Maybe put his stats up over his head at all times for Fantasy Football.

  19. I’m Gumby Damn It!

    And Kermit showed up too.

    I like new ideas for uniforms, but this was just way too monochrome (Goodell/Vincent translation: too much of one color). It’s a start, but I think they’d be much better looking with some modifications.

  20. Honestly, I’d rather see these jerseys for a couple games than being bombarded with all that pink everywhere during the entire month of October.

  21. It’s obvious what the NFL/Nike came up with in terms of addressing this issue. If anybody has checked out the “color rush” uni’s for the upcoming Titans/Jags game.. all they’re doing is making sure the helmets contrast to eachother now. The Titans helmet is white, and the Jags helmet is black. Otherwise, the all blue and all gold uni’s would just cause another colorblind issue. Check it out

  22. I’m color deficient (OK, color blind), and I couldn’t tell one player from another. Which, considering who was playing, really didn’t matter anyway.

  23. @emdub52 says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:49 PM

    I’m colorblind. I’ve been colorblind for years. You learn to live it with. If people who are colorblind had trouble determining which team was which during the game last night. They shouldn’t be watching football, because they are more idiot than they are colorblind.
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    At this point you have 4 thumbs down. Did you just anger 4 other people who are colorblind that read this site? What are the chances of that? Or maybe they are just idiots…..

  24. weepingjebus says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:43 PM
    But getting confused with the other team is the only way Jets fans get to experience wins.

    __________________

    You’re on a roll today!

  25. all they needed were a few dancing candy canes to complete the scene. maybe that was the on-field half-time show

  26. The NFL keeps subjecting us to this moronic nonsense, yet they’ll fine a player for wearing pink cleats or a pink whatever to simply extend their support of something the NFL is supposedly supporting…….

    As an organization (owners included), I really despise the NFL. Love watching their three shows, but the rest of it is garbage.

  27. I’m red green color blind, and I have to say this offended me, I felt so discriminated against that I refused to watch the game. Well, ok I had to work and didn’t get to but still, I’m offended and demand the NFL remove the shield from everything, Roger Goddell should resign, and I should be given free tickets for life.

  28. You old schoolers, get with the times, not all change is bad.
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    Unfortunately you youngsters haven’t figured out that not all change is good.

  29. “If people who are colorblind had trouble determining which team was which during the game last night. They shouldn’t be watching football, because they are more idiot than they are colorblind.”

    I could tell who was who, because their helmets are different, and they were lined up in opposite directions. But I had to concentrate to do it – they essentially all looked the same to me, and not to much different from the field on which they were playing. As a viewing experience, it was quite poor.

  30. 7 to 10 percent of men have red-green color blindness and they didn’t think of it??? Wouldn’t there be at least 1 person working on it that would have said something?

  31. The colored blind cannot see the difference in the helmets? They cannot hear the announcers and know who is offense and defense?

    Sounds like an insult to the intelligence of the colored blind

  32. Didn’t bother watching the game but the 5 seconds I stopped as I surfed by at one point, all I could think was those are some ugly ugly unis.

  33. Thursday Night Football fact sheet:

    Butt Fumble = JESTs
    Missed FGs = Jills
    Stupid looking coach = JESTs or Jills
    Senile/bitter former coach = Don Shula

  34. the NFL really needs a glowing aura around the football and ball carrier so the dimwitted can follow the plays. Also, more on screen animations and robots. Maybe even CGI fireworks when a touchdown is scored. Oh, and players on Segways!!!

  35. I can’t remember a time where regardless what a sports juggernaut did, they got roasted for it more than the NFL has in the past two years.

    Every decision, every effort, every weekend, has somehow backfired and made them look foolish. It’s marketing, or discipline or officiating. But it’s always something.

    That being said, yeah the jerseys are a gimmick, but hey, it’s made an otherwise mediocre, potentially meaningless game more interesting. Regardless of your stance on the Crayola gear, we all are still talking about it.

  36. I flipped to it and honestly thought the TV was on the fritz. It reminded me of when I was 12 and I thought it was cool to go turn the color and hue dials on my parents TV so that all the colors got wonky and over saturated.

  37. Color blind micro aggression! You mean to tell me that between two great PR organizations, Nike from uber-lefty Oregon and the massively image conscious NF-we’re not beating nearly as many women and children as we used to-L, not one single person thought of the color blind people when they drew that up? They just don’t care about people.

  38. The worst thing about this is its just greed of the owners driving this.

    Because, you know, they aren’t already making enough money off merch.

    SMH

  39. The weird thing was that neither team was wearing white/(grey). Usually one team in white one team in another color. That was the biggest difference.

  40. Anyone in the media/broadcast business would have known about the color-blindness issue. NFL is just incompetent. One would have assumed that that the current NFL VPs, most of them are ex-players, would have known, say, Vinny Testaverde’s color-blindness issue. I am sure there are many current players who are the same issue too.

    Just say: We’ve messed up. Testing will be stopped.

  41. Color blind =====> blue eyed / Scandinavian decent ======> socialist======> hate capitalism ====> who cares what they can see, they’re not buying $12 beers or Greg Hardy’s autobiography “Guns Blazing Beeatches”

  42. So the NFL now must pander to the latest offended group, which are people who are color blind?

    Does EVERY website ensure that their colors don’t offend someone who is color blind?

    Does EVERY advertiser, tv show, tv channel now have to ensure that their colors don’t offend someone who is color blind?

    The folks who run the NFL are a bunch of pansies concerned about being politically correct.

  43. Nike sucks. have to interfere w/ every teams colors & uniforms. Stick w/ screwing up Oregon.

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    Agreed. Nike is the worst thing that has ever happened to NFL uniforms.

  44. bullcharger says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:14 PM

    7 to 10 percent of men have red-green color blindness and they didn’t think of it??? Wouldn’t there be at least 1 person working on it that would have said something?
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    Give them a break. They didn’t even know until a year ago that cold temperatures cause air to contract.

  45. I’m offended by the word “color blind”. I would ask we all use the term “color challenged.”
    Sincerely,
    Millenials
    Sent From my iPhone 8 Beta version.

  46. Not a new issue, soccer leagues have long experimented with orange balls on green surfaces–never worked.

    Now, wasn’t Vinnie Testeverdi color blind?

  47. raiderapologist says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:35 PM

    I’m just glad the Raiders stick with Silver and Black.
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    The Chiefs are sort of like that. When they wear throwback uniforms, it’s hard to tell any difference.

  48. “Until the Color Blind lobby manages to transform the traffic light system, lets not get to worked up about the latest infringed group.”

    Have you noticed that red is always on the top and green on the bottom? (Or, on the rare occasion the lamps are horizontal, red is always on the left and green is always on the right.)

    Seriously, I never understand the people who feel a knee-jerk need to discount the problems of any minority. Is it so damned hard to not have a game featuring all red uniforms vs. all green uniforms? Does that put a bee in your bonnet?

  49. Does EVERY advertiser, tv show, tv channel now have to ensure that their colors don’t offend someone who is color blind?

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    It’s not that they’re offended. It’s that they cannot tell one team from the other! That’s kind of important.

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    The folks who run the NFL are a bunch of pansies concerned about being politically correct.
    ===

    It’s not “political correctness,” internet tough guy.

  50. isphet71 says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:58 PM
    Just microchip their jerseys like the NHL did with hockey pucks in the 90s and give viewers the option to edit views on their screens with the on screen positional data.

    Colorblind people could make their own teams more identifiable. But also, it could be fun if you think about all the options.

    You could for example make a program that could give Green Bay players cheese heads, Bears players actually look like Bears, Make the Giants look 5 times taller than normal, or highlight a specific player on your screen at all times if you want to follow one guy. Maybe put his stats up over his head at all times for Fantasy Football.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Giant heads on all the players. Roger Goodell hire this guy now!!!!

  51. Listen, I wear hearing aids and even I found it hard to watch that game due to those uniforms.

  52. Next the NFL won’t schedule games where one team is certain to lose like the Redskins vs. Patriots.

    I mean, that is plainly offensive and could hurt the feelings of Redskins fans.

    Just have them scrimmage amongst themselves for 16 weeks and give everyone a participation trophy and a pizza party when the season is over.

  53. “What, is the NFL’s goal to be more like college football, where you can’t even tell which teams are playing without looking at the scoreboard?”

    No, this is about one thing and one thing only–MONEY!!!!! The more different uniforms a team is forced to have, the more peripheral, FRI (football related income) is generated for the owners, league and players. Hockey and basketball are the worst (just look at what LeBron had to do to the ri-donk-ulous, 6th grade CYO jersey they made him wear last week), but the NFL is not far behind.

    Gotta generate income some way to pay Godell the pitiful $44 million he gets–barely enough to survive–and keep food on the owners’ tables, right?

    BTW, the uniforms looked just as bad as the teams wearing them.

  54. dexterismyhero says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:00 PM

    @emdub52 says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:49 PM

    I’m colorblind. I’ve been colorblind for years. You learn to live it with. If people who are colorblind had trouble determining which team was which during the game last night. They shouldn’t be watching football, because they are more idiot than they are colorblind.
    ==================================
    At this point you have 4 thumbs down. Did you just anger 4 other people who are colorblind that read this site? What are the chances of that? Or maybe they are just idiots…..

    ===

    Or maybe they think he’s a trolling liar.

    Usually when somebody shows up claiming to be part of some minority and then proceeds to berate his own minority, it’s a troll.

  55. my biggest complaint is more with the networks….I often have a hard time hearing the announcers unless I turn the volume up….then when they go to a commercial, the volume level makes it seem like a freight train is running through my living room

  56. kwjsb says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:15 PM
    The colored blind cannot see the difference in the helmets? They cannot hear the announcers and know who is offense and defense?
    _____

    Both teams wearing white helmets…. it’s hard to check out the logo at then speed. You need to look at the ACTION during a play.

    I don’t know what it’s like to be color blind but some sites have shown what it would appear to look like. It would be immensely annoying and irritating.

    I remember years back wisconsin and Illinois played a hoop game and one wore all red the other was all orange and even that wasn’t fun to watch this had to be 1000x more annoying.

    When you are a multi billion dollar industry trying to make a 100k on these kind of jerseys should b3 the last thing on your mind.

  57. So I guess that means the Cowboys are going to have to wear their blue jerseys at home?

    Great trivia question: When was the last time that happened?

  58. redrew says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:37 PM

    Color blind =====> blue eyed / Scandinavian decent ======> socialist======> hate capitalism ====> who cares what they can see, they’re not buying $12 beers or Greg Hardy’s autobiography “Guns Blazing Beeatches”-
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    Still a month to go, but it looks like we have found the most ignorant comment of 2015.

  59. Should have asked FIFA about that.

    When organizing the World Cup, FIFA takes B&W TV into consideration when making all three teams pick their kits.

  60. The folks who run the NFL are a bunch of pansies concerned about being politically correct.
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    This is called “universal access”, not “political correctness.”

    The More You Know!

  61. mkreef says:
    Nov 13, 2015 3:26 PM
    It’s called a handicap. Deal with it. Us folks without a disability and able to perceive colors had no problem

    It’s not a handicap. It’s a odds thing. Some years back some astute person observed that when they saw green, others saw red. Do you honestly think that at that moment of realization the person would exclaim “Eureka! I’M COLOR BLIND!”. Better to be “color blind” than stupid.

  62. emdub52 says:
    Nov 13, 2015 2:49 PM
    I’m colorblind. I’ve been colorblind for years. You learn to live it with. If people who are colorblind had trouble determining which team was which during the game last night. They shouldn’t be watching football, because they are more idiot than they are colorblind.

    If that is true then you know very well there are not only different degrees of colorblindness but also different types, that effect different colors.

    Personally, I’m red-green colorblind and have been for all of my 40 years. You learn to live with it, but it doesn’t get better. I could not tell the difference between the two teams last night. Pe

  63. I’m color blind…..I would have hated to be a player in that game.

    Stick to what works NFL. Solid colors (home) vs white (away). Stop overthinking things. We all know all you care about is the almighty $$$…..but you don’t have to make it so damn obvious with horrible ideas such as this. Nobody is going to be buying these jerseys.

  64. Ugliest color schemes EVER. Quit trying to trick up the game and just let them play, this is stupid. If you want to make it Nike uni’s, let them switch helmets also like colleges and do it right, not this godawful mess. Could barely watch thanks to the terrible look.

  65. “Have you noticed that red is always on the top and green on the bottom? (Or, on the rare occasion the lamps are horizontal, red is always on the left and green is always on the right.) ”

    That and “Kismet” dice are how my parents figured my condition out. Mom would mention a green light and I would say it was white. I could not see the green in the light. I have always got along with it fine other that some unfortunate combinations of clothing.

    The real problem is they only do this crap to sell more merchandise. Rather that dealing with their real issues.

  66. I used to love Nike but as soon as they started messing with the uniforms i became enraged. Reebok was the best! Everything Nike puts out is insanely ugly.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but didn’t Nike develop the Seahawks uniforms? Not a Seahawks hater but damn those things are hideous.

  67. Color Blindness. Perhaps that explains Fitzpatrick’s interception (Apologies to “Dondi” comic strip).

  68. Again the NFL makes the kind of mistake that an immature newbie would make. Being aware of issues associated with colorblindness is a fundamental consideration of anyone involved with television, color selection, film etc. Nike for sure would have brought this to the attention of the color selection committee as would any of their TV production crew. But as often happens when you are dealing with an immature executive with authority the caution got overruled. Probably, simply because the executive was involved in the original color selection and refused to make a correction after it was brought to his/her attention. Very typical of how the NFL functions.

    Nothing changes until Goodell is gone. The NFL failures are all a product of his incompetent leadership.
    Anyway, at least those jerseys will serve to meet the need for stupid Christmas Sweaters that are sold every year. I’ll refrain from commenting on the intellectual capacity of anyone who buys one though.

  69. The NFL needs to be more sensitive to people who CAN see color. Those uniforms are simply hideous.

  70. Those uniforms were awful.

    I’m partially color blind, but even I hated them.

    The NFL wastes all this time trying to change uniforms for one reason — so the sheep-like fans go out and buy them.

    Leave the uniforms as is and be done with it.

  71. Red and green look absolutely dope together and I thought the Jets looked absolutely swagged out with the metallic green on the hat. Best new look nike has shown.

    But I honestly thought the Bills were wearing orange/tan so I think im not gonna be able to enjoy my favorite colors much longer ;(

  72. I thought the uniforms in this first ever Christmas Ornament bowl were hideous. I prefer the classic looks and not the pimped out electric Jolly Roger look.

    Yech.

  73. fwippel says:
    Nov 13, 2015 4:20 PM
    So I guess that means the Cowboys are going to have to wear their blue jerseys at home?

    Great trivia question: When was the last time that happened?

    ___________________

    2013 when they played the Raiders on Thanksgiving.

  74. As someone with partial red/green colorblindedness:

    1) while last night’s uniforms were certainly not easy on the eyes, I was able to tell them apart; do not misinterpret this as a vote in favor of these uniforms;

    2) It is a neverending source of wonder to me how often color schemes are thoughtlessly created in spite of the significant percentage of the population that has this trait; the NFL is far from alone in this regard; and

    3) for those of you who have expressed your discomfort with anyone doing anything to make things easier for this population segment, I suppose you also are against handrails in restroom stalls and closed captioning for the hard of hearing; someday, you’ll regret this stance.

  75. Nike? Stupid, bored NFL execs? Please.

    Look at the hats: This is the NFL trying to sell more merchandise.

    I watched about a quarter of the game… I wished I were colorblind.

    Just.. eck.

  76. Roger Goodell and the greedy NFL owners fail yet again. Stick to football and putting a respectable product on the field and stop with the gimmicky BS.

    Time for Roger to go.

  77. Here’s the grade: FAIL! THEY WERE FRIGGN UGLY AND SO ARE THE OTHERS TO COME.

    Throwbacks & AFL classico jerseys only. Unless you a franchise that just can’t help themselves for silly, 99% of the time UGLY modern alternate unis. Thank sweet jeebus the classico franchises like the Packers, Bears, Raiders, Steelers have barely tinkered with their unis over the years.

  78. I’ve gotta ask wtf is going on at league headquarters and who makes these decisions. Just like they had no research, no policies, no protocol for handling domestic violence issue, they’re now telling us that they failed to consider color-blind fans with this “color rush” thing. Maybe they should change their name to the National Bush League.

    What I know is that if this had been a corporate roll-out of any product in any private corporation, this would have been think-tanked, discussed, and analyzed to the point where nothing would have been missed. And if by chance it had been missed, heads would have rolled.

    This league consistently demonstrates its inability to think ahead, to be prepared. What the hell are they going to do the (inevitable) day a player dies on the field during a prime-time game? Stand around in their NewYawk office issuing press statements saying “We’re sorry, but it never occurred to us that this could happen”?

  79. Who’s designing these NFL uniforms anyway? For the most part NFL team uniforms are really, crappy! Just few teams like the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos have good looking uniforms. May be the Rams and I like the gold and red 49ers uniforms. But, by and large most teams have really stupid looking uniforms. Does Nike design these crap? Steelers have the worst, like a bunch of “jail-birds” running around! I was so shocked to see the uniforms that Bills and Jests had to put on for the Thursday night! I could not help laughing loudly, seeing Jets and Bills in their funny suits- like a bunch of green and red Santas rushing about- it was laughable… I could not focus on the game, it was stupid and funny– Why are these NFL people are so senseless and stupid?

  80. Quoting jpaq68:
    “That looked like milk to me!”
    ~~~~
    Cosmo Kramer for the win!

    Jerry: As roommates “I’m just afraid we might …” (watches Kramer wring out the tomato juice-soaked dish towel back into the pitcher ) “..,get on each other’s nerves.”

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