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Old 02-21-2012, 08:54 PM   #1
Christian Batchelor
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Rule in the Games

I saw this in the rules for the games this year (I assume it was there last year as well).
Do you think this is the Reebok Influence?
What do you think will happen if they tell you all your can wear is Reebok (i.e. no skins, innov8, LifeAsRx, Rogue, AgainFaster, etc...)
I mean seriously, your body tattoos have to be approved.

Athletes must comply with CrossFit’s uniform requirements and only official
competition apparel or apparel or items expressly pre-approved by CrossFit, Inc.
shall be permitted. Each Athlete shall not wear, use or display any apparel,
equipment, accessories, symbols, art, graphics or other items not expressly
approved in advance by CrossFit, Inc., including, without limitation, headwear,
apparel, tape, sunglasses, water bottles, stickers, logos and body or head tattoos or
art (temporary or permanent).
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:12 PM   #2
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Re: Rule in the Games

Lots of sports have rules like these for a variety of reasons, ability to judge movement and corporate sponsorship being two of them.

There is precedent for people doing stupid things with temporary tattoos in other sports. Ricco Rodriguez nearly f'd up a whole lot of things for the UFC years ago by showing up to a fight in Vegas, at a major casino, with an online betting company's named temporarily tattooed on his back.

If you watch strongman competitions on TV they clearly have a similar situation as CrossFit has arranged, as well - all of the competitors wear the same shirt with the same event sponsor, etc.

BTW, they DO tell you to wear Reebok clothes - they in fact supplied them to the athletes - it's not an accident every athlete was wearing the same gear last year. It only makes sense given Reebok is the sponsor.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Rule in the Games

I can understand everything except permanent tattoos.

I mean if Chris Spealler got a tattoo 3 years ago before Reebok showed up saying "Rogue Fitness" across his back or chest then what would reebok do?

Tell him to get it removed?
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:24 PM   #4
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Re: Rule in the Games

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I can understand everything except permanent tattoos.

I mean if Chris Spealler got a tattoo 3 years ago before Reebok showed up saying "Rogue Fitness" across his back or chest then what would reebok do?

Tell him to get it removed?
Make him wear a shirt. Or body paint.

The other issue with non-approved tattoos and apparel is the potential for offensive images. Something that might be fine in the garage with your friends might not go over so well on national TV with a major sponsor.

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Old 02-22-2012, 10:19 AM   #5
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Re: Rule in the Games

this was a big deal last year for the games. it was discussed in great length. go check out some of those older threads. last year the rules came out after the open had started so it was more of an issue. this year people knew the rules going in so it shouldn't be an issue. people still might not agree but they knew going in what they were agree to when they signed up
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