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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
 
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."

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Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:58 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

I'm not sure what everyone's talking about concerning the school's own courts and leading by example by removing their logos.....Most schools homecourts are painted, then lacquered over.  This is fine.  The logos the coaches have issue with are temporary stick-on logos.  These are often used at specialty games, conference tournaments, and preseason tournaments.  Over the past few years, the NCAA has gone to custom courts during the last 4 rounds of the tournament (maybe all 6/7 rounds).  From what I understand, this is one of the reasons...to keep the players safer and to have all advertisements controlled by the NCAA, as well as to keep a uniformed look between all regions.  So there's no "leading by example" here for Carolina or Michigan State, their courts, as well as probably 85% of other schools courts, are safe.



Since: Mar 13, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:56 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

When giants of the game have to fight for common sense, and the sport still doesn't ban corporate logos, it's yet another example of the stranglehold that Big Business (the 1%) has on our lives. OCCUPY WALL STREET!!!



Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:55 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

He's just upset that he doesn't get paid form them. 




Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:54 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

so you want to take away up to a third of the court by telling kids not to dribble or play on it?? just take off the logos and give them a safe full court.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:51 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

This is a joke. What's the big deal about logos on the court? If you don't purposely dribble the ball over the logo then you will not have a problem. This is like a bunch of kids playing football near a cliff. If you don't try to make catches near the edge of the cliff then you will be fine. 



Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:44 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

thats funny!



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:40 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Ever actually been on a basketball court? The 3-point arc, mid-court line and all other stripes/lines are painted on the boards and then covered with the same material used on the rest of the court to ensure proper traction.  You don't slip on those lines.



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:35 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Something tells me he wouldnt really wear a logo.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:15 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Agree the floor logos should be banned for the safety of players.  While they are at, how about doing the same to the Obama's for the well-being of America?



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:13 pm
 

It's (past) time to ban midcourt logos

Farmer Ted ...couldnt have said it better!


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