The absurd “color rush” uniforms worn by the Jets and Bills last night were bad enough if you could see them. They were worse for the millions of viewers who couldn’t. The NFL says: oops.
Roughly six percent of men suffer from some degree of red-green colorblindness, and those with the worst of it saw the game like this—largely unable to differentiate the two uniforms from each other.
This seems like something that someone at Nike or the NFL should have thought of beforehand. But the league will make sure to get it right in the future.
“The Color Rush jerseys are a test for four games this season, the first of which was last night,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT by email. “We did test the jerseys this summer on field and on television. The standard television test did not account for color blindness for fans at home that became apparent last night. We will enhance our testing to include a color blindness analysis to better address this issue in the future.”
There are three more “color rush” games this year, the next being next Thursday’s Titans-Jaguars game featuring all-blue and all-gold uniforms. The second most common form of colorblindness is blue-yellow.
Colorblind or not, you can avoid both confusion and the AFC South by not tuning in.