NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

Article 51

Section 2
Player Attire


Neither the NFL nor any of the Clubs may have any rule prohibiting or limiting the type of footwear or gloves which may be worn by players on the field, except to the extent such rules or limitations are based on safety or competitive considerations as determined by the NFL; the parties reserve their respective positions on whether the NFL or any of the Clubs may have any such rule relating solely to image considerations. The foregoing notwithstanding, the NFL and Clubs shall have the right to regulate any third party branding or other commercial identification that may appear on any footwear or gloves worn by players on the field or its environs on game days and/or at any Club’s official mandatory minicamp(s), official preseason training camp, and all Club practice sessions.


On game days, prior to the game and continuing until 90 minutes after the whistle ending each game (preseason or regular season), as well as at any Club’s official mandatory minicamp(s), official preseason training camp, and all Club practice sessions, players: (i) shall wear any uniforms and/or related items (e.g., practice jerseys) required by the NFL or Club (regardless of any third party branding that may appear on such uniforms and/or related items as may be determined by the NFL or Club), provided that no individual player and/or discrete group of players will be required to wear attire with thirdparty branding that is different from the branding on the attire of other players and further provided that no third-party sponsor will depict any player in advertising or promotional materials in a manner that constitutes an “Endorsement” as defined in Paragraph 4(a) of the Player Contract absent consent from the player; and (ii) will be prohibited from wearing, displaying, or orally promoting equipment, apparel, or other items that carry commercial names or logos of companies in any televised interview on Club premises, unless such commercial identification has been approved in advance by the League office. In addition, players may not wear the logo(s) or brand designations of any commercial entity that is a direct competitor to an NFL sponsor at any time a player is on-field during an NFL game or 30 minutes prior to kickoff of an NFL game, or during NFL-designated media availability periods following an NFL game.


Notwithstanding Subsection (b) above, players will be permitted to wear apparel bearing the logo “Players Inc.” and/or the logo “NFLPA” during televised interviews in the locker room following preseason and regular season games, provided that such apparel does not display the names, logos, or other identifying marks of any other entity or product that is licensed by or associated with Players Inc. or the NFLPA, including, but not limited to, the manufacturer of the apparel or any sponsor or licensee of Players Inc., the NFLPA, or any individual player. The parties reserve their respective positions on the applicability of this provision to apparel bearing the logo “NFL Players.” (d) The provisions in Subsections (a)–(c) above shall not be used or referred to in any dispute between the parties over prohibition by the League and/or any Club of the wearing of unapproved commercial items in circumstances other than as expressly addressed in those Subsections.