The full prohibited apparel guidelines for the stay-at-home draft

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Players who’ll be participating in the stay-at-home draft aren’t required to wear suits. But they’re prohibits from wearing a long list of things.

Darren Rovell of TheActionNetwork.com recently characterized the memo from the league regarding the topic as explaining that the clothing is  “expected to be clean, free of liberal or hate speech, and cannot make a political statement,” with no “[r]eferences to alcohol, drugs or gambling (including poker).” PFT has obtained the full list, and there’s a lot more on it than that. (Also, the document says “libel” not “liberal.”)

The document prohibits the following items or aspects of clothing:

1. “Third-party logos other than those of NFL Official Licensed Partners; Nike, Adidas, UnderArmour, and New Era.”

2. “Disparaging depictions of the NFL, or any other third-party brands.”

3. “Non-NFL sports organizations or leagues.” (So much for the XFL Defenders garb.)

4. “Racial, religious, or ethnic slurs.”

5. “Explicit language.”

6. “Obscene, pornographic (or escort services), violent (including firearms or other weapons), or sexual imagery.”

7. “Libel or hate speech.”

8. “Political statements.”

9. “References to alcohol (including beer and wine), drugs (including cannabis), and/or gambling products (including poker).”

10. “Tobacco products (including e-cigarettes).”

11. “Reference to any illicit substances or activities.”

12. “Pharmaceuticals (including OTD products) including restorative and/or enhancement products.”

13. “Dietary and/or nutritional substances and products commonly referred to as ‘energy drinks.'”

14. “References to movies, video games, and other media that contains or promotes objectionable material or subject matter.”

15. “Derogatory statements regarding the NFL, its owners, employees, and/or NFL partners.”

Any player who doesn’t want to comply can simply refuse the invitation to the draft. Or they can request an appearance fee to participate, as all of them should. And maybe they would, if they weren’t conditioned to believe that having an NFL franchise call dibs on their exclusive services for the next four or five years represents the realization of a lifelong dream.

In reality, it’s a business — and part of that business entails getting players to provide free content for the draft show. Not only are they willing to do it, but they’re also willing to let the NFL dictate the terms of how they’ll do it.

35 responses to “The full prohibited apparel guidelines for the stay-at-home draft

  1. Don’t you just wish Marshawn Lynch would be getting drafted….

    He would follow ALL these rules.

  2. Ah ha! Disparaging depictions of “the NFL” not “the NFL or anyone in it’s organization” so your Goodell Clown tee is not explicitly banned! Yay!

  3. So what’s the penalty if they break these rules?

    Somebody will break the rule.

  4. The draftee should agree to this.
    And then have his mother or grandmother holding a can of beer in the background.

  5. Wear a suit. And have everyone in your family wear logo apparel from the highest bidder regardless of what is on the list.

  6. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    April 19, 2020 at 7:00 am
    So what’s the penalty if they break these rules?

    Somebody will break the rule.

    ————————————————

    The penalty will be “on to Cincinnati”

  7. Appearance fees? How about a non-appearance fee so we can A) stop hearing about how unfair it is that these athletes choose to be on TV without being paid, and B) watch the draft without hearing how “excited” John Smith is to have the “opportunity” to play for a great franchise like [insert team name here].

    And the NFL is again genius. Even casual fans will now be tuning in to see which players might flaunt the agreement they all signed to appear on TV. It’ll be like picture day in junior high, when team pictures were taken. We talked for days about how we would slip that middle finger out just as the picture was being taken. We were so cool. Then we grew up.

  8. MortimerInMiami says:
    April 19, 2020 at 9:05 am
    I miss the drafts of the 70s and 80s, simpler and without all the nonsensical drama.
    **************************************
    Life in general was much simpler too and we weren’t afraid of our own shadows like today.

  9. The NFL continues to show they are just like the Hollywood entrainment world, we all need our fix on what they wear, what they drink, what they are concerned with. Who cares as 20 million citizens have lost their jobs. Thai is what the concern should be.

  10. I hope that have considered how to continue the biggest and best tradition of every NFL draft….Booing the Commissioner.

    The NFL should have an app that we can all use to boo or cheer at the picks. One of my favorite moments of every draft are the NY Jets fans booing every pick and the commissioner….regardless of who is picked.

  11. The players all have one simple response –

    If you want me on your draft show so the fans can see my reaction, and you want me to follow these rules, pay me. If you don’t want to pay me and still want me on the show, I will wear whatever I want and you can choose not to broadcast my reaction to being drafted / not drafted where I expected to go as you please.

  12. How about the draftee and family member just dress like slobs, unshaven, in stained undershirts.
    Feed the dog on the table.
    Drink directly from the milk container.
    Low class stuff to gross out the audience.

  13. Will ESPN pipe in a BOOING sound track when they show Goodell just as he’s ready to make each pick? It would make the show more realistic….

  14. I don’t see why this is really an issue. You’re about to be drafted into the NFL, I’d do whatever I could to follow the rules just for the camera, I don’t see why it’s a big deal, go in an empty room or space. If any player has a problem with it just decline the invite.

    And as a viewer I have no problems with it either, I don’t care to see draftees expressing themselves with branding and anything else, who cares what the guys are doing on camera just let us know the picks lol.

  15. So if they wear a Yankees hat, then what? They aren’t employees of the NFL (not yet at least). Nor are they being paid for the content they are providing.

    And what is it that a large group of people think athletes should being doing a bunch of stuff for free for our entertainment? A lot of people think college football players only deserve the degree they will never use as payment, and now these players who are not in school and who are not NFL players have to come on TV, for free, and provide us with entertainment. Why is that? Is it jealously? Anger? Because if these people were asked to do a bunch of stuff at their workplace for free, chances are they wouldn’t be thrilled about it.

  16. psubeerman21 says:
    April 19, 2020 at 3:05 pm
    …have to come on TV, for free, and provide us with entertainment.
    ===============
    Who exactly is forcing them to come on TV. They will be drafted whether they agree to be on TV or not, so it is obviously their choice to do so. It’s not like Mr. Burrow is going to drop to the bottom of the 1st round because he decided to skip the televised part.

  17. The prospective draftees should be paid. If the NFL doesn’t want to pay them, it should not impose rules beyond no profanity or obscene gestures.

    Until they are drafted, all of the young men don’t work for the NFL or any NFL team. But the NFL will use their images to make millions of dollars. Many of the players will not get drafted at all.

    Be truthful. If the NFL didn’t show the prospective players on TV, would you actually watch Goodell simply call out names?

  18. The article said “free of libel or hate speech” and you read “free of LIBERAL or hate speech”

    You really need to look up the term “Freudian slip” because you just committed a grandaddy of one.

  19. joetoronto says:
    April 19, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Life in general was much simpler too and we weren’t afraid of our own shadows like today.

    ************************************************************************

    Life was simpler?

    -A president literally resigned and flew off in a helicopter
    -Irreversible systematic decline across large sectors of the economy
    -The onset of major blight and decay across American cities
    -Large oil embargo leading to major oil shortages and people subsequently freaking out
    -Riots carrying over from the late 1960s
    -Onset of the HIV epidemic and people subsequently freaking out

    Not sure most people who were actually knew what was going on or were affected by any of that would call it “simple,” but that’s just me.

  20. I will never understand selective grammar. If it is “stay-at-home” then be consistent and write it as “Full Prohibited-Apparel Guidelines.

  21. You mean your employer can dictate how you present yourself to the public?! Who knew?

  22. radar8 says:
    April 19, 2020 at 3:56 pm
    The prospective draftees should be paid. If the NFL doesn’t want to pay them, it should not impose rules beyond no profanity or obscene gestures.

    Until they are drafted, all of the young men don’t work for the NFL or any NFL team. But the NFL will use their images to make millions of dollars. Many of the players will not get drafted at all.

    Be truthful. If the NFL didn’t show the prospective players on TV, would you actually watch Goodell simply call out names?
    =====
    To be truthful, I have never watched a draft show. I would rather watch paint dry (Actually, I’ve spent some time doing that in the past couple of weeks…). I check in regularly on my team’s website for information.

    I have asked this before, but gotten no answer. Were prospective draft picks paid to come on stage in Nashville last year, or in prior years? If so, then yes, these players should receive similar compensation. If not, then I wonder why this is all of a sudden an issue?

    Yeah, the NFL uses their image to make millions. And 48% of those millions goes to the players.

    Lastly, does anyone really think that today’s 20-somethings are going to pass up an opportunity to appear on the biggest social media platform there is? Really?

  23. Sounds like they’d like all these guys to take a page from Rob Lowe’s playbook and just wear a hat with the shield logo. Go league!

  24. Can you imagine that your about to be chosen as one of the 32 best Young employees in your field to a billion dollar enterprise and instantly become a millionaire to multimillionaire and have to be told that you shouldnt wear anything offensive wheN they call your name or anything that makes fun of the company that is going to make u rich, its so hard to read some of these articles and not get nauseous.

  25. If these young men don’t like the rules the company sets for them they can simply choose to go get a real job like most of the rest of their college teammates.
    It’s sad that the NFL needs to tell young men not to be offensive to the majority of the company’s customers.
    I’m not interested in anything an athlete has to say; just play ball.

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