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NFL: Players Must Stand

 

 

 

Days ahead of Memorial Day, NFL announces new policy on national anthem. Turns out the *new* policy isn’t really *new* at all.

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Important Context:

  • NFL players didn’t always come on the field for the national anthem – only since 2009.
  • “New policy” allows players to choose to yet again NOT go on the field for the national anthem.
  • *If* on the field, players must “stand and show respect” during the anthem or face a league fine & possibly a fine from the team.
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Why Now?

NFL: “It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.”
Something To Consider: Americans are watching less TV overall & NFL viewership has declined by millions since 2015. Some viewers say they boycotted the NFL because of the players on-field protests.

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“This is fear of a diminished bottom line. It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This is not patriotism. Don’t get it confused.”

Chris Long, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, responding to the "new policy" via Twitter. Long supports players on-field protests and is an outspoken critic of President Trump.
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Different sports have different policies for player etiquette during the national anthem. The NBA has a strict one - and Nascar - none at all.

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