Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Digital Marketing



First Advisor

Andrew Allen Smith

Second Advisor

Clayton Smith

Third Advisor

Elisabeth Erickson


This project focuses on the National Basketball Association’s dress code problems from 2004-2005 to the 2022-2023 NBA season. Highlighting how a predominantly black athletes' association, run by white men, changed in multiple ways to respect the fashion and culture of its community over this 20-year period. The community that was most represented on the court, and those who support the league at home. Doing so through the influence of the media, player opinions, race, fashion, time, and executives. Showcasing how a prominent business, such as the NBA, can change it its brand to be acceptable and successful.

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