Pink penalty flags were supposed to be thrown on NFL stadiums through Week 7. But after they continuously caused confusion during TV broadcasts, the NFL has decided to ditch them for the old yellow ones.
The NFL announced the move in an email to USA Today.
NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in an email to USA TODAY Sports on Monday the pink penalty flags used over the weekend as part of the league’s breast cancer awareness initiative won’t be used again in Week 6.
The league’s initial release on the initiative, which continues through Week 7, didn’t specify whether pink flags would stay for the duration. But the flags caused enough confusion on TV broadcasts, when coupled with players’ pink equipment, it made sense to go back to yellow.
The NFL will continue their breast cancer awareness initiative with pink equipment, coins, sideline hats and goal-post padding.