Maybe this could be a poll (if there is interest). NBA Commissioner David Stern has instituted a new dress code in the NBA. Previous to this dress code there were no league-wide rules regarding how a players must dress. Here is an outline of the rules Stern has set out: On the surface these new rules may seem perfectly innocuous, but to me, the devil is definitely in the details on this: 1) A lot of the specifics hear are clearly targetted at the hip-hop culture - the culture that arguably is what the NBA road to becoming one of the most popular sports in the USA. It's not a coincidence that in the 80's the growth of the NBA and the growth of hip-hop culture ran exactly parallel. Banning chains, "certain unapproved headwear" - IE doo-rags, and baseball hats, sunglasses when worn indoors? I feel like my grandpa made these rules. 2) Players have to wear a sport coat on the bench: this seems way over the top. Forcing players to wear a button down seems reasonable. 3) Personalities: what makes the NBA so appealing to me is the way that individual talent is so important, but it is useless unless it is applied within a team concept. Baseball is almost all individual and football is almost all team. It is because of this that NBA personalities are so important. Suppressing certain styles is suppressing certain personalities. This is incongruous with the way the game i s played, and is not only going to hurt the NBA's popularity, but it is unfairly targetting certain styles. From what I've read, Stern instituted this dress code because he was getting pressure from team owners who were uncomfortable with the way their players were dressing. The NBA wants it both ways. They want to make money off of hip-hop culture and at the same time make money off of big corps. What they don't seem to get is that big corps like guys like Allen Iverson. What's next? No tattoos? No corn-rows? No facial hair? The bottom line is this rule never would have come about if the league was 80% white and all the white guys were coming to games in T-Shirts. We'd just see them as athletes being themselves and being comfortable.