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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

NBAs New Dress Standards

If you haven't heard already, the NBA is going to enforce "business casual" attire:
The memo goes into effect November 1 - Opening Night - and bans sleeveless shirts, T-shirts, shorts, sports apparel, headgear, displayed jewelry, sunglasses, headphones, sneakers, sandals and work boots. In most cases, it does not require a sport coat and never requires a tie.
"Dress jeans" are acceptable, although the memo did not indicate what qualifies as "dress jeans." However, the days of Allen Iverson doing a postgame interview in a New York Yankees cap, a Donovan McNabb jersey and a pair of unlaced boots clearly are over.
The dress code applies to "team or league business," which constitutes all activity conducted on behalf of the team or the league where the player is seen by or interacts with fans, business partners, the public, the media or other third parties.


So what will be acceptable? This is:
"Business casual" requires players to wear dress shirts - collared or turtleneck - and/or a sweater; dress slacks, khakis or dress jeans; and dress shoes or boots and socks.

Players at games but not in uniform must also wear a sport coat. Teams are permitted to make their dress codes more formal.

The dress code is a decisive shift away from the hip-hop culture that has become a fabric of the NBA during the last generation. While some players wear suits or sport coats to all team functions, a growing number often dress in casual sportswear.


So far the reaction among the players is mixed, from agreement to accusations of racism:
Jackson is in a tizzy because, come November 1, he and the other NBA players will be forbidden from wearing jewelry on top of the new, mandated "business casual" attire during league or team business.

“I just think that’s attacking young, Black males,” said Jackson, who protested by wearing four chains to the Pacers exhibition game against San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.

He also indicated that he intends to protest for as long as he can do so for free. According to news reports, he said that he wouldn't continue to defy the dress code because he didn't want to pay fines.


Bottom line: the NBA is a business, they pay their employees well for something those players would (hopefully) do for free, and they have a right to require a dress code like any other business.

Some are saying to the effect that "the clothes don't make the man", but I think they miss the point. I say to them, would you go to a wedding, funeral or job interview wearing the stuff some of these guys do?