To the delight of many, fans will no longer have to watch players wear Color Rush alternative jerseys on each and every “Thursday Night Football” game.
Barrett Sports Media’s Jason Barrett said Tuesday that according to Fox Sports executive Bill Wanger, the alternative uniforms are “going away.”
Bill Wanger of FOX Sports says alternate uniforms on Thursday Night Football are going away. Hardcore fans don’t need gimmicks to watch. The game schedule will also be stronger. #NABShow
— Jason Barrett (@sportsradiopd) April 10, 2018
The change is set to take effect at the start of the 2018 league year. The upcoming season is the first in which Thursday night games will be broadcast on Fox, which purchased the right to air those contests for more than $3 billion.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo later clarified that the Color Rush uniforms aren’t going away completely. Rather, “they might not be exclusive to Thursday nights anymore,” he wrote on Twitter.
On color rush, the uniforms aren't going away completely. It's just that they might not be exclusive to Thursday nights anymore, sources say. Could be some other tweaks to the uniform policy as well. Also, this is subject to votes from ownership.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2018
Citing league sources, meanwhile, CBS Sports reported that teams are going to be given more “flexibility” regarding the uniforms.
Ever since they first debuted, the Color Rush uniforms have been the subject of much criticism from fans who didn’t appreciate the obnoxiously bright color tones or the fact that the jerseys and the pants were the same color.
Unsurprisingly, many fans rejoiced when they found out that Color Rush Thursday nights were dead.
— Zain N. (@zain49ers) April 10, 2018
The #NFL has decided to scrap the crappy color rush uniforms on Thursday Night Football.
Next they should scrap the crappy football on Thursday Night Football.
— Lester A. Wiltfong Jr. (@wiltfongjr) April 10, 2018
I will not "RIP ColorRush"
It was a horrible idea from the beginning and it is finally dead like it should have been from the start.
— Nate Lundy (@natelundy) April 10, 2018
At least some players, though, said they actually appreciated the Color Rush uniforms.
— Tony Jefferson (@_tonyjefferson) April 10, 2018
The color rush uniforms were cool! But what's cool we can't do it this league lol
— Tyrann Mathieu (@Mathieu_Era) April 10, 2018
It’s not yet clear when teams will be allowed to wear the uniforms going forward, and a final vote on the matter won’t take place until the NFL’s spring league meeting in May.
One thing, however, appears to be clear: Teams will no longer be forced to wear the Color Rush uniforms on Thursday nights.
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