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macro
05-11-2005, 02:22 PM
I have wondered for several years why no NFL coach ever dresses up on the sidelines anymore, and now I know why. I was aware that the league had a deal with clothing suppliers like Reebok for coaches and players to wear certain stuff, but I didn't know that the rule was enforced across the board.

So much for class, money is the name of the game.

Remember a year or two ago when Jon Kitna was fined for wearing a cap not supplied by Reebok in postgame interviews? Don't get me wrong, if the NFL signed the deal, then they should honor the terms. What I fault them for is signing such a restrictive deal in the first place. If coaches want to show some class on the sidelines instead of wearing a baggy gray sweatshirt or a gaudy striped-up pullover, they should be allowed to.

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Nolan's goal to dress up shot down
By Skip Wood, USA TODAY


New San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Nolan may yet one day be able to pace the sideline in a shirt and tie like daddy did, but not this season if at all.

Although Nolan recently expressed a desire to honor his father by dressing similar to the way Dick Nolan often did while coach of the 49ers from 1968-75, the league replied that would be a no-no under the apparel agreement it has with Reebok. Says Reebok vice president of team properties Eddie White: "One way of looking at it is Mike Nolan is our runway model."

Toward that end, league coaches and anyone else on the sideline are required to wear garments (except pants) from Reebok, which began supplying all teams with sideline apparel in 2002 as part of a 10-year exclusive-rights agreement for a reported $250 million.

So why not wear an officially licensed sweater vest over a shirt and tie, the way some coaches have done in the past?

"Because he'd have to wear a dress shirt," White says, "and we don't make dress shirts."

Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Tice ceased the practice following the 2003 season at the request of the league.

Although the 49ers already have this season's line of clothing designed, Reebok and the league might come up with a compromise or some other solution for 2006.

From NFL director or corporate communications Brian McCarthy: "We're exploring that, yes. We're exploring any number of options."

Adds White: "The good thing for Coach (Nolan) is that he's so good looking, he's going to look good whatever he wears."

Mutaman
05-11-2005, 02:32 PM
Vince would turn over in his grave.

Yachtzee
05-11-2005, 02:42 PM
Why don't they have him wear a "49ers" tie?

Unassisted
05-11-2005, 02:56 PM
So if Reebok didn't make underwear, would coaches have to go without? :D

Jaycint
05-11-2005, 03:11 PM
The NFL is stricter than the clerics in Iran when it comes to dress code. Coaches should be able to wear pretty much whatever they want short of a two piece swimsuit.

RedFanAlways1966
05-11-2005, 03:29 PM
I wonder if the Reebok Marketing VP is salivating right now?

* Reebok NFL Licensed Dress Shirts. Wear your team to work today!
* Reebok NFL Licensed Dress Shirts. Sunday mornings at church before your team plays? Show your spirit in church.

KronoRed
05-11-2005, 04:19 PM
I miss the suit look, it was classy.

WVRed
05-11-2005, 04:20 PM
I wonder if the Reebok Marketing VP is salivating right now?

* Reebok NFL Licensed Dress Shirts. Wear your team to work today!
* Reebok NFL Licensed Dress Shirts. Sunday mornings at church before your team plays? Show your spirit in church.

Dont forget the Reebok NFL Licensed Cross Hat for Jon Kitna.

jmcclain19
05-11-2005, 10:09 PM
I've heard stories that when Belicheck wears a sweater on Game day, sales of it spike dramatically on Monday.

Also heard that w/ Bob Stoops in Oklahoma and Bobby Bowden in Florida State. When they change their wardrobe people notice and respond with their pocketbooks.

That sort of thing does not go unnoticed.

Nothing other than $$$ related. Money pays the bills folks, whether we like it or not.

RedsBaron
05-11-2005, 10:29 PM
The NFL sometimes drives me nuts. I suppose if they were around today, Tom Landry could no longer be on the sidelines in his tie and funny hat, and the guy the NFL named the Super Bowl after couldn't be in a jacket and tie either (I bet Lombardi would've had something to say about this).

Caveat Emperor
05-12-2005, 04:57 AM
If I were Mike Nolan, I'd wear the suit and tie anyway. If the NFL chooses to fine him, then I'd tell the commish: "I'll start wearing these ridiculous getups on the sideline the day you (Tagliabue) conduct a press conference in NFL-brand warmups as well."

Call me old-school, but I think it's a disgrace that the NFL encourages the head coach of the Super Bowl champions to dress like a homeless man looking for his shopping cart on Sundays while simultaneously telling other coaches they can't choose to present a professional appearence.

I used to the think baseball was goofy for letting the old men who were managers wear uniforms in the dugout (Honestly, why does Jack McKeon need to wear a uniform w/ a number? Is he going to put himself in at 3rd in a double switch one night?), but Football has them beat by a longshot.

RedsBaron
05-12-2005, 06:41 AM
I used to the think baseball was goofy for letting the old men who were managers wear uniforms in the dugout (Honestly, why does Jack McKeon need to wear a uniform w/ a number? Is he going to put himself in at 3rd in a double switch one night?), but Football has them beat by a longshot.
Just think of how goofy NBA coaches would look if pro basketball followed major league baseball's example and had its coaches wear uniforms.

It8ifyifitsgrif
05-12-2005, 03:16 PM
Just think of how goofy NBA coaches would look if pro basketball followed major league baseball's example and had its coaches wear uniforms.

Don't Think, Just see for yourselves..

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/nba/images/050322karl.jpg

savafan
05-13-2005, 02:44 AM
I used to the think baseball was goofy for letting the old men who were managers wear uniforms in the dugout (Honestly, why does Jack McKeon need to wear a uniform w/ a number? Is he going to put himself in at 3rd in a double switch one night?), but Football has them beat by a longshot.

As I understand it, MLB doesn't require managers to wear uniforms, but the rule is that if a manager walks onto the field of play during a game then he has to be in uniform.

If you've seen any Red Sox games, I've never seen Terry Francona in a Sox jersey, he's always wearing a sweater or pullover.

I may be wrong however, wouldn't be the first time.

Blimpie
05-13-2005, 11:06 AM
I miss the suit look, it was classy.I guess this is why Dan Reeves started his "Casual Friday" attire a few years ago??? He, too, was a sharp dresser when he coached in Denver

macro
11-16-2006, 08:58 AM
Here's an update to this story, that's now 18 months old. It's a good first step, but doesn't go far enough...

Dress to impress: Nolan, Del Rio get OK to wear suits (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2663580&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines)


Mike Nolan and Jack Del Rio are ready to suit up.

The San Francisco coach and his Jacksonville counterpart have the NFL's permission to wear dress suits designed by Reebok during two games this season.

Nolan is expected to debut his old-school outfit -- a black suit, a white shirt and a red-and-gold-striped tie -- at the 49ers' home game against Seattle on Sunday. Del Rio also will wear a suit-and-tie ensemble in Monday night's home game against the Giants.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the 49ers coach has permission to "test-drive" the suit at two games this season.

"Working with Reebok, they were able to come up with something that should work for him," McCarthy said.

Nolan first broached the idea shortly after he was hired by the 49ers in 2005. He believes the ensemble will project an image of authority while also honoring his father, Dick, the 49ers' coach from 1968-75, and Hall of Fame coaches such as Tom Landry and Vince Lombardi.

But the NFL couldn't immediately give permission, citing its lucrative outfitting contract with Reebok. Nolan has worn pullovers and polo shirts during his tenure, but has worked with Reebok's designers to come up with the natty ensemble he's expected to show off Sunday.

Dan Reeves is thought to be the last NFL coach to wear a suit on the sideline. Coaches have been required to wear team-issued clothing since 1993.

Del Rio is expected to wear his suit again at the Jaguars' game against Indianapolis on Dec. 10, and Nolan will suit up again at a game still to be determined.

HotCorner
11-16-2006, 09:46 AM
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Dom Heffner
11-16-2006, 12:16 PM
Can you imagine Jon Gruden in a suit and tie in Tampa in August?

He'd sweat more than the players. I know, I wear one everyday and I literally run from my car into my office.


(Honestly, why does Jack McKeon need to wear a uniform w/ a number? Is he going to put himself in at 3rd in a double switch one night?),

I know this is several months old, but can you imagine Jack going out to the mound for a pitching change in an Armani suit?

I'm pretty neutral on this topic. The NFL can do what it wants as far as I'm concerned. The money they get from Reebok undoubtedly lowers costs somewhere, so I have no problem with it. It's much easier to have a dress code so all the coaches dress alike. They have a product to market, and uniformity is a good thing in some cases.

I do agree, though, that the NFL should work harder at making coaches look less like Target employees. Remember those awful polos with the early 90s color schemes on them? Jack Pardee looked ridiculous in that baby blue and red design.

Redsland
11-16-2006, 12:28 PM
As I understand it, MLB doesn't require managers to wear uniforms, but the rule is that if a manager walks onto the field of play during a game then he has to be in uniform.
In addition to that rule, there's another stating that only "uniformed employees" of the team may be in the dugout during games. For trainers and such, a logoed golf shirt seems to meet the criteria.

traderumor
11-16-2006, 02:39 PM
Now if they could just get some clothes on the sideline pole dancers!

Dom Heffner
11-16-2006, 09:31 PM
Now if they could just get some clothes on the sideline pole dancers!

You watch a lot of Star Wars, do you?