NCAA Bans URLs, Hashtags From Being Displayed On Football Fields
The NCAA's Football Rules Committee has banned the use of "social media designations such as URLs or hashtags" from being displayed on playing surfaces. Mississippi State was the first FBS school to "place a Twitter hashtag on its field" (#HAILSTATE) in November '11. Schools have since "utilized them in increasing numbers to draw attention to their social media websites." The committee also agreed that all end zone pylons "may bear a manufacturer's logo or trademark." Institutional, conference and postseason game title sponsor logos are also allowed (NBCSPORTS.com, 5/1).