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:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

In screen test of uniforms, NFL says it didn't account for color blindness, will in future https://t.co/sHB5q5hQeL

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:

Deadspin @Deadspin

Here's what tonight's NFL game looks like to people with red-green colorblindness: https://t.co/xjGrDXiXI5 https://t.co/2IRSKpqCGf

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

Michael A. Giarrusso @MichaelG1

8 percent of men, about 13 million Americans, are colorblind, usually red/green. This is torture to us.#BUFvsNYJ https://t.co/N36qxNfntg

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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