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I'm not sure that it is a competitive advantage.

If white shoes blend with white sideline markings, won't they result in some legitimate catches being rules being called out-of-bounds, even on replays?

I don't know. I don't think there's really been a study on white and or black shoes and sideline/endzone catches. Anyone know of any. If it looks good, it looks good. I can go either way with football shoes. Heck, I'd love for someone to bring out a color other than black and white for shoes.

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I'm not sure that it is a competitive advantage.

If white shoes blend with white sideline markings, won't they result in some legitimate catches being rules being called out-of-bounds, even on replays?

Yes. When looking at a replay, an official is instructed to look for black shoetips breaking the field of white, or to look for a sliver of grass between white shoetips and the sideline. So in reality, you have to be a few millimeters FARTHER in-bounds for your white-shoe catch to be upheld. Though white shoes may have an advantage when the call is made in real time, I think they're a detriment when a call is made with the aid of replay.

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