DALLAS, Texas — Major League Baseball became the first elite-level North American pro sports league to impose a dress code in the press box, issuing guidelines in writing this week during owners’ meetings.
Among clothing items on the banned list are flip-flop sandals, short skirts, tank-top shirts, visible underwear or anything bearing a team logo.
NBA, NFL and NHL officials have not issued such guidelines on attire for journalists covering games.
The move comes in the wake of last year’s incident involving Mexican television reporter Ines Sanchez receiving unwanted attention regarding her attire at the training camp of American football’s New York Jets.
Baseball authorities want reporters clad “in an appropriate and professional manner” for a “business casual work environment”.
Sheer and see-through garments, ripped jeans, single-strapped or strapless shirts, bare-midriff tops and skirts cut more than three to four inches above the knee were cited.