Not every idea is a winner. For every light bulb, Thomas Edison had many really awful ideas.
It seems hard to mess up sports. At the heart of sport is a competition between athletes trying to emerge victorious.
However, that does not prevent people from tinkering with some of the peripheral aspects of the sporting landscape.
In order to increase interest, make some extra money or just change the status quo, sports are ripe for people trying new gimmicks.
Sometimes these gimmicks are actually successful and become part of sporting culture. Night games were a gimmick at first but are now the norm in baseball.
Other gimmicks are not so successful. Here are a few of the most ridiculous gimmicks in sports.