The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) on Thursday announced it will allow players to choose the color of their team’s uniform from a list of 40 available colors.
The new rule will take effect on March 15, meaning players will be able to choose from a variety of color schemes, including black, yellow, blue, purple, green and white.
Players will be limited to choosing the color for a maximum of two games in a season, per the NBL, and can only choose one from the four available color schemes.
The decision comes on the heels of the NNBA’s decision last month to limit the color choice to one of four.
The NBA has previously limited players’ choices to black, red and white, but the NBA decided on a different color scheme last year.
The NBA had previously allowed players to create their own color schemes to showcase the team’s color scheme, and the league later expanded the policy to include all of its 32 teams.
The NBL has been in talks with the NBA and NBAPA about the future of color, and it will be up to the league to decide if the league will continue the conversation.
The move to allow players the option to customize their uniforms comes after players’ union CEO Maria Sharapova said the NLL was a “perfect fit” for the NBBAs colors, a move that will be welcomed by many fans of the league.
The NBAPA said the new policy will also make the league more accessible for players who don’t want to spend time in the heat of the game.
The league has been making strides in building its color program, including a new uniform design and a revamped game day experience.
The new policy is expected to go into effect on April 1.
The league also released a list Thursday of the 32 NBL teams, which will be based on the current rosters of the teams.
It will be the NELPA’s first official roster to be updated since last season, when the league added the Phoenix Suns and Charlotte Bobcats.