Another sports organization dedicates itself to Black Lives Matter. On Thursday, The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that it will allow players to place social justice slogans on jerseys, becoming the latest sports body to pledge allegiance to Black Lives Matter joining the NFL, NBA, MLB, NASCAR, and the English Premier League.
The college sports governing body said that it had authorized players to wear commemorative patches on jerseys for the coming 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“The patch on the front, which most sports already allowed, as authorized by the school or conference, maybe a commemorative/memorial patch (names, mascots, nicknames, logos, and marks) intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events or other causes,” the NCAA said in a statement.
Players will also be permitted to place slogans on their jersey’s backs where their names usually appear.
“The second location is on the back of the uniform where the player name is traditionally located and, as authorized by the school or conference, will allow names/words intended to celebrate or memorialize people, events, or other causes. The names or words may vary by team member,” the NCAA statement explained.
It was not immediately clear if there is an approved list of such slogans from which the student-athlete may choose but the ruling is expected to affect every collegiate sport from football to basketball.
The move follows the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, and Major League Soccer which gave their players approval to use jerseys and field equipment for left-wing slogans.