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NFL Releases Statement on Colorblindness Issues with 'Color Rush' Uniforms

Joe Pantorno@@JoePantornoFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2015

Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams makes a touchdown catch against the New York Jets during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
Seth Wenig/Associated Press

Thursday night saw the NFL debut two of its "Color Rush" uniforms when the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills wore all green and all red, respectively.

For those who watched the game, it certainly was a strange sight, but for others, trying to tell the teams apart could have been difficult. And the NFL addressed that on Friday. 

The NFL released a statement, via ESPN's Darren Rovell, saying that it did not account for viewers who are colorblind. Rovell's tweet below shows the full statement:

While the uniform colors were a dramatic change for those who could perceive it, those with colorblindness could barely tell who was who, and Deadspin shows what the game would have looked like to those with this visual impairment:

The Associated Press' Michael A. Giarrusso shed some light on the potential amount of viewers who might have been affected:

For a sport that is by far the most popular in America and prides itself on its high television ratings, the idea of losing fans due to an avoidable, even needless, tweak should and will be addressed. 

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