Friday, November 13, 2015

NFL will run colorblindness analysis on new ‘Color Rush’ uniforms

The NFL will be taking a second look at the "Color Rush" uniforms that caused problems for fans who had difficulty distinguishing between the all-red Buffalo Bills and all-green New York Jets on Thursday night.

And especially for the color-challenged ones.

League spokesman Brian McCarthy said the NFL intends to incorporate a colorblindness test when designing its "Color Rush" alternate jerseys for next season.

"The standard television test did not account for colorblindness for fans at home that became apparent last night," McCarthy wrote in an email to The Associated Press. "We will enhance our testing to include a colorblindness analysis to better address this issue in the future."

McCarthy was responding to concerns raised by colorblind fans who couldn't tell which team was which during Buffalo's 22-17 win over the Jets — not to mention the ridicule the uniforms took via social media.

Coincidentally, various studies have found that red-green color blindness is the most prevalent and affects 10 million to 13 million Americans, most of them males.

The game was the first of four on Thursday night this season in which teams will wear the alternate uniforms.

Next week, the Tennessee Titans will wear all blue in facing the bold-gold-colored Jacksonville Jaguars. The other games will feature Carolina (Panthers blue) at Dallas (white) on Nov. 26; and Tampa Bay (red) at St. Louis (yellow gold) on Dec. 17.

The promotion will expand next season, when every team will wear the alternate uniforms on Thursday nights.

Let the Week 11 comparisons begin:

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