In some cases, different leagues around the world ban certain things from their leagues that are controversial, or just plain weird.
Let me clarify.
It could be "weird" regarding the things being banned, or odd that the league took an initiative to ban it. This list ranges from celebrations to very specific rules set in place, regarding all major sports. The league(s) could have banned certain activities because of common problems cited involving the situation, or that they specifically find negative effects of the thing being banned.
But this list is about rules that don't make sense, and guidelines that are in some ways too strict. Unnecessary precautions are taken by the league, for measures that are unknown. Even little celebration dances have been banned, that do no harm, and cause no problems to any individual or group. I understand rude or unsportsmanlike celebrations that are aimed at opposing teams, but that is not the case for this article.
Here is The Sportster's list of The Top 15 Weird Things That Are Banned In Sports.
Disclaimer: Professional Sports works in a weird and sophisticated way, that makes no sense, at all.
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15 NFL "Ball Spinning" Celebration
Until recently, players, and especially Steve Smith, used to spin the football after they made a good play. This is now banned by the NFL. Starting in 2013, penalties were enforced for players that spin the football if it's directed at an opposing player.
Apparently this is because the NFL considers this excessive celebration, or a way to injure the players' wrists... Really?
They take hits to the head, get concussions, and break their legs on the field, but when they spin the ball, that's where they really could get hurt?
Also, the players are allowed to have a little fun, I mean come on, they're in full body pads running around sweating for millions of fans, it's not the end of the world if they spin a football.
14 Tucking In NHL Jerseys
Yes you heard it here. The NHL bans players from tucking their jerseys into their pants.
If a referee visibly sees a player having their jersey tucked in, they will receive a penalty. I really don't understand this, especially because it seems more classy to tuck in your clothing. This was mandated in the 2013-14 season. Here's what Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin had to say about the matter.
"They think it can be dangerous for somebody. I think it’s kind of stupid."
He usually tucked his jersey in his pants when skating, but is not allowed to anymore.. for reasons no one understands. The NHL argued it was a "safety hazard". Very confused about this one.
13 Removing Soccer Jersey Celebration
FIFA banned players from doing any celebration relating to players taking off their shirts after scoring goals. This banning just sounds like corporations wanting their logos to be shown on television at all times, especially when a star player scores a goal.
I don't understand why a simple celebration like pulling up your shirt could be indicative of a penalty, after all aren't sports supposed to be.. fun? This banning takes away joy in the game of soccer, because of a little celebration. I'm sure it's no big deal to some players, but others could be a little angry about the minor ban.
This being said, many players continue to do this celebration, regardless of league rules.
12 Pictures with Recruits
College athletes are banned from taking any pictures with professional recruits, of any nature. So some guy who takes a selfie with an NFL coach will be penalized, which is crazy. It's rude enough that these college athletes don't get paid for making millions of dollars for their colleges, and now they can't take a selfie with some dude or lady?
The NCAA is strict in some positive aspects, but in others, this banning is too far. The NCAA can't step in as to manage a players privacy. What someone wants to exercise regarding social media, is their right, especially as a U.S. citizen.
The NCAA keeps a close eye on everything that goes on within its league's, and that is good, but in some ways, it's unruly.
11 Logos in Hair
The NBA bans players from getting any logos in their hair. Iman Shumpert had an Adidas logo in his hair, and was forced by the league to shave it.. As this list goes on, you see how the leagues try to get involved with players' private lives. Shumpert had this say.
"Sorry NBA, didn't realize there were branding issues wit da logo."
It's not just hair that logos are banned from in the NBA, it's logos on any player's things EXCEPT their sneakers. Players could even get in trouble for having Nike socks, or an Adidas sweatband.
This one is a weird ban, especially because it's obvious the NBA just wants their logo to be represented among attire, which is abundantly clear now.
10 Spiking The Football Near Another Player
This is a staple celebration of football, and one of the most memorable celebrations in any sport.
But the NFL finds it rude, and this is penalized, as the list grows of penalties, year after year. Hopefully referees aren't so annoying to penalize a player every single time he does a quick celebration. This celebration is one of Rob Gronkowski's staple celebrations. Gronk was once fined $7,500 for spiking a ball in the vicinity of Jets linebacker Donald Strickland back in 2011.
Sports are supposed to be fun, and sports leagues are making it obvious that no fun is allowed on their fields. I think it's too far to disable players from a little fun in a long game of football, where trash talking occurs.
If trash talking is allowed, and the referees allow players to curse at one another, spiking the football, and many other celebrations should be as well.
9 Inhalers for Asthma
Do you suffer from asthma? Too bad, you can't play professional sports.
The NFL, NBA, and other sports organizations have banned players from using inhalers saying it "increases lung capacity". Even if it does, people have asthma, and need to use inhalers. I don't understand how the league can sustain this rule, if some people do need this item to play, or live.
The leagues were upset about increased speed, and people having longer endurance, so they just thought they would ban inhalers? What thought process is that?
Leagues may start banning prescription medicine, that athletes need for mental or physical pain. In fact, adderall was banned.
In a lot of cases adderall can be abused by people to focus better, but some people are prescribed it, and it actually is beneficial if they have ADHD. The league needs to be more tolerant of people's illnesses.
8 The Vuvuzela
Soccer organizations have banned this plastic horn from their stadiums. All it is, is a little trumpet, like ones kids use. Soccer fans are no longer allowed to have these on them.
FIFA is credible for one of the strangest bans because of the possibly annoying sound of a fake instrument? This item is similar to free throw sticks at a game, where you see little kids bumping their rubber toys together to distract the shooter.
This instrument was known as a way to show pride for one's country during a soccer match, but now it is outlawed by FIFA.
Strange. Just strange.
7 Alcohol in Brazil
Brazil soccer stadiums have banned alcohol from being served at their soccer matches.....
Beginning in 2014, this ban restricts fans from having one beer, or any beer. Drinking is a popular activity at games, and banning it is ridiculous. Amazingly, FIFA had the ban temporarily lifted at the 2014 World Cup due to Budweiser being an event sponsor.
Europe has discussed importing similar laws for their sports stadiums, but America has said they will never think about this as a ban. 'Merica.
This law is currently being discussed and could be lifted. Brazil, what are you possibly thinking, not to mention that a quarter of sales at the stadium is alcohol, everywhere.
Lift the ban, or be dumb.
6 Paper Airplanes in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns banned paper planes in their stadium as early as 1974.
“It appears that one of the pastimes of several fans has become the sailing of paper airplanes.
There is risk of serious eye injury and perhaps an ear injury as a result of such airplanes…It is hoped that this disrespectful and possibly dangerous activity will be terminated," Browns fan Dale Cox wrote.
First of all Dale Cox is a wuss.
Secondly, the Browns actually listened to this guy, and banned paper planes, so the Browns are equally dumb. There's not much to be said on this banning, because it's so damn stupid. So all you kids who want to fly your paper planes, don't go to Cleveland.
The NBA banned tweeting during office hours. I get this ban during games, but before games, and during practice, this ban is unnecessary.
Players should be allowed, and encouraged to use social media before games as a way to spread popularity, and content. Wouldn't it help the league for players to tweet before games?
It would help exposure if players post their coaches inspirational speech online before a game, or even the super bowl. Tweeting should be banned during games, because players shouldn't be on their cell phones, but other than that posting on social media is good content for the league, and beneficial exposure.
This is another example of the NBA's precautions that are too extreme.
4 Pine Tar in Baseball
Baseball outlawed pine tar for wooden bats a while ago. Pine tar is sticky, and helps preserve wooden bats. Pine tar improves batters' grips, and the league doesn't like that.
This ruling became controversial in 1983, when George Brett hit a home run, and was accused of applying more than 18 inches of pine tar to his bat. It makes sense for pine tar to be restricted on baseballs for pitchers, but if it's a natural substance that helps the wood, and the batter, where's the harm?
Especially because, if everyone can use it, there's no controversy. Leagues like to find the littlest observations and make them rules because they happen to help a player. If it helps everyone, what's the problem? NONE!
3 Media Guide Limit - NCAA
Here's another vigorous, and odd college ban. Media guides for future recruits have a page limit of 208 pages. Why? You tell me, your guess is as good as mine. Maybe it's because the NCAA doesn't want players to see all the features of the college they may attend?
I'm really not sure as to why a media ban is necessary, would it be the end of the world if a college got to describe itself in longer than 208 pages? I guess so.
College athletics love to make these silly rules that have no meaning whatsoever, but the guys who made it know what they're doing... right?
2 College Kids & Autographs
This one annoys me. If these college stars perform at a high level, and attract thousands of kids to the colleges, is it really the end of the world if they make a couple bucks signing autographs?
The NCAA freaks out, but the truth is a lot of these players don't have a lot of money, and their high level performances on the field should at least earn them some money to eat well.
A couple years ago a point guard at Louisville basketball, who was highly recruited, and eventually a top draft pick said some nights he barely had enough money to eat. I think it's a big problem, and unfair that these colleges profit so greatly off the athleticism of guys, but the people producing the wins aren't making a dime.
It's an unbalanced system, and even though their just 19, or 20-year-old kids, they deserve some cash. So yes, athletes should be able to do local signings for money, and sign a kid's football for $30 to get some food money.
1 Saluting (NFL)
NFL players aren't allowed to physically take their hand and salute to their head. Seriously, it's true. Terrell Davis is crying somewhere.
Isn't this celebration, or just normal movement an act of patriotism? I'd think so. Referees penalize players for saluting,weather it be another player, the referee or even just out in the open. Apparently, the league thinks it's an act of obvious rudeness to other players, but even if so.. who cares.
Is the NFL really gonna run their league like a youth flag football league, justifying a bunch of bans and penalties on grown men, because it's disrespectful. Most of these players just want to have some fun, and a lot of basic rights are stripped from them on the football field.
The league does say "if done in the direction of another player" would qualify as a penalty.. Couldn't a player saluting another player be an act of respect for one another, not what the league qualifies it, as brutish.
There's a lot of work to be done, on the front of leagues and their stupid and unreasonable bans on what players can do.
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