Posted May 01, 2013

Report: NCAA bans use of hashtags on football fields

Mark Emmert, NCAA, Rule Changes, Stadiums, Twitter

By Zac Ellis

Today’s news sure to raise some eyebrows comes courtesy of the NCAA, as it so often does. According to Jordan Moore, the director of social media for the USC athletic department, the NCAA has nixed the use of Twitter hashtags on college football fields.

John Infante, author of the Bylaw Blog, tweeted out an NCAA Football Rules Committee bulletin that confirmed the news.

Under the “Field Markings” section, the NCAA lists items that are deemed acceptable on a team’s field, including the NCAA logo, a conference logo and the team logo. The bulletin goes on to state that all other items, “including social media designations such as URL’s and hashtags, are prohibited.”

The reason for this? Perhaps a hashtag falls under the category of advertising, which, according to the bulletin, is also prohibited on a team’s field unless otherwise designated. But it’s still interesting the NCAA would find it necessary to crack down on such a minor issue. #dumb

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