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It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: November 12, 2011 12:32 pm
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By Gary Parrish

CORONADO, Calif. -- The logos college basketball events put at midcourt are dangerous.

Don't believe me, ask Roy Williams.

"Let's stop putting those stupid logos on the floor where kids slip and slide around," Williams said. "Somebody is going to get hurt, and I've said that for years and years and years."

The North Carolina coach has indeed said that for years and years and years -- proof being that the above quote isn't from Friday night's Carrier Classic. That's actually a quote I found from 2008, a quote Williams delivered after two Tar Heels (Marcus Ginyard and Tyler Hansbrough) slipped on a midcourt logo during a game in Raleigh.

So coaches have literally been fighting this fight for years and years and years.

And yet nothing changes.

There was still a big logo at midcourt for the Carrier Classic ... and it nearly cost Michigan State's Branden Dawson. The 6-foot-6 freshman slipped on the logo while running and twisted his knee. Yes, he later returned. But it looked bad. And it could've been bad. And it's not something the NCAA should allow to continue.

"We've got to get rid of those logos in the middle of the court," Michigan State's Tom Izzo said late Friday. "We can put logos other places. I'll wear logos to support the people who sponsor us. They can paint me. But we have to get rid of the logos for the safety of the players."

Photo: AP
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Comments

Since: Feb 21, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:46 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

We've got to get rid of those two people standing on the logo in the middle of the court!

Good point!!



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:18 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Oops! Years and years and years indicates at least 6; Parrish only found a quote from 3 years ago. He's a liar! Tongue out



Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:17 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

The NCAA is one of the most corrupt organizations in the nation. They could care less if a 19 year old kid blows out a knee as long as they can cash the checks from the sale of advertising logos on the court. This is just the latest in a long list of financially greedy exploits that has many powerful people suggesting that many college basketball programs might be better off if they left the NCAA. The carrier classic was fantastic spectacle of patriotism that was marred by the NCAA selling a Quicken Loans ad at center court. You would think that if they were going to put anything on the court, an American flag might be in order, but who would send the NCAA a check for that. Abolish the NCAA!



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:16 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Agree with the coaches, the logos are a nuisance on the court of the players and an eye-sore to the viewers of the game.

We all know that corporate dollars are going to win and the logos aren't going anywhere. The NCAA even puts there logos all over everything for the tournament. So the solution needs to be in the execution. If the logos were painted on the court, or applied before the wax, then the surface of the logos would be the same as the rest of the court. We'd still have the ugly, obnoxious logos, but at least the court would be safe for the players.

Would it be a pain in the ass and expensive? Absolutely, but if those companies want their logos on there that bad, they'll fork up the dollars. Many of those courts are pieced together for the game and then moved elsewhere. The arena can have different pieces with different logos for the different events. Just put the puzzle pieces together correctly to make the sponsors happy.



Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:34 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Big money from sponsers or saftey for a bunch of poor student athletes.  Guess who wins that every time.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:25 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

While it would not be seen by those at the basketball game, a solution to the problem is to do the same thing that TV networks do on football games. Use a special effect logo on the court, much the same as football does with the yellow line where the next first down can be gained or the down and yardage indicator that is flashed prior to the snap of the ball.




Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:18 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

We've got to get rid of those two people standing on the logo in the middle of the court!



Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:07 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Here's a novel idea... FIGURE OUT HOW TO MAKE NON-SLICK LOGOS!!!!  You're telling me we can put men in space, create a bio-mechanical ear that allows deaf people to hear, etc., but we can't make a logo that doesn't become an oil slick when it gets wet?!?  Undecided





Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:54 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

The suits at Quicken Loans can't be happy with being literally in the center of the controversy.  I recall Coca Cola also had a sticker logo on the court.



Since: Aug 27, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 8:37 am
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

I haven't read all the posts to this so if this has already been said, I apologize, but how about if the coach just refuses to put his team on the court until the logo is removed.  If someone like Izzo or Williams or Coach K (not even going to try to spell it) did that, that would surely send the message.



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