NFL changes visor rule after Oakley sponsorship

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For years, the NFL has banned tinted visors. Then someone got the bright idea to turn visors into a lucrative sponsorship. Now the NFL will allow lightly tinted visors that are provided by Oakley.

Although the dark sunglasses-style visors that became popular in the 1980s and 1990s are still banned (other than for players with a medical exemption), Oakley visors that are lightly tinted with a pinkish hue will now be allowed.

“We really just got excited about a brand that’s so endemic to sports, but also one that’s a leader in their category from an optical standpoint,” Nana-Yaw Asamoah, the NFL’s VP of business development, told SI.com. “We’ve had rules around visors and what players are allowed to wear on the field, but we haven’t had any relationships there. Through conversations what became uncovered was that from both a performance and safety standpoint, there was a lot more that could be done in this space and working with a brand like Oakley could really take us to the next level on that.”

Visors featuring the Oakley logo have already been worn by players like Kyler Murray during the preseason, and those logos will be commonplace during the regular season, in another way for the NFL to make money.

11 responses to “NFL changes visor rule after Oakley sponsorship

  1. “We really just got excited about a brand that’s so endemic to sports, but also one that’s a leader in their category from an optical standpoint,” Nana-Yaw Asamoah, the NFL’s VP of business development, told SI.com.

    “We really just got excited about another company signing a contract that pays us a ton of cash, so we adjusted our ‘rules’ to accommodate,” Nana-Yaw Asamoah, the NFL’s VP of business development, told SI.com.

    There, I fixed it for you…

  2. So they basically admitted they didn’t like when players did it on their own so they changed the rules but now someone throws enough cash in your face after 30 years it’s ok. As an Eagles fan we need a sponsor for the Kelly Green helmet.

  3. Kyler Murray is going to be stoked when he wakes up and hears the news. I doubt he uses a visor at home in a dome stadium, but on the road he will definitely wear one especially during those late morning early afternoon games.

  4. The tinted visor really helped LT for many seasons on the Chargers. Until teams figure out you just pop him hard a few times & he will literally quit. See AFCCG. Rivers played with a torn ACL, whole game. LT had a sprained ankle. Sat on the bench sulking. At least we didn’t have to look at his face because he kept his helmet with the visor on.

  5. 1590t says:
    Always and I mean ALWAYS about the cash for the NFL.
    ==

    Do tell.
    I find it amusing there are people out there who think the NFL exists for any other reason than the cash.
    The NFL is a multi-billion-dollar BUSINESS. Businesses exist for one reason: To make make MONEY. Any business that wants to stay in business over the long haul will continually find new ways to make MORE money. It’s the sole reason their BUSINESS exists.

  6. I’m having a hard time figuring out when the tinted visors were banned. Mike Vick and Tomlinson and Cam Newton wore them.
    When were they banned?

  7. So this reads as if it is only one tint is allowed, a light pink one. And the NFL states that this is for a “perfomance and safty reason”. So it seems the pink tint is something similar to wearing yellow tinted shooting glasses. Makes sense to me.

    Doesn’t matter what the NFL does it will be just for money or some other bad reason. The way this article is written doesn’t help anybody think any different.

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