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ATLANTA -- NFL owners have approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

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A vote took place at the conclusion of the league's spring meeting and was unanimously approved by the NFL's 32 owners.

After spending months in discussions, owners believe this found a compromise that will end sitting or kneeling with an edict that stops short of requiring every player to stand.

The previous policy required players to be on the field for the anthem but said only that they "should" stand. When then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest policy brutality in 2016, the league had no rule it could use to prevent it. The movement drew increasing criticism from President Donald Trump, as well as many fans, who believed it was a sign of disrespect toward the flag and country.

But owners have been divided on how to extricate the league from that criticism. Some owners, including the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Houston Texans' Bob McNair, wanted all players to stand. Others, such as the New York Jets' Christopher Johnson, wanted to avoid any appearance of muzzling players.

Even the seemingly simple option of clearing the field prior to the anthem was rejected by some owners who thought it would be interpreted as a mass protest or at least a sign of disrespect.

Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid have both filed collusion cases against the league after failing to find jobs as free agents.

The new policy is an adjustment to the NFL's game operations manual and thus does not need to be collectively bargained.

"We were not consulted ahead of this meeting on any potential changes to the anthem policy," NFL Players Association assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah said in a statement. "If there are changes to the policy that put players in a position where they could be disciplined or fined, we are going to do what we always do -- fight anything that encroaches on players' rights to the end."

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11 minutes ago, ya_boi_j said:

ATLANTA -- NFL owners have approved a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer, it was announced Wednesday.

The new policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or any other team personnel do not show appropriate respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons. Those teams will also have the option to fine any team personnel, including players, for the infraction.

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A vote took place at the conclusion of the league's spring meeting and was unanimously approved by the NFL's 32 owners.

After spending months in discussions, owners believe this found a compromise that will end sitting or kneeling with an edict that stops short of requiring every player to stand.

The previous policy required players to be on the field for the anthem but said only that they "should" stand. When then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling to protest policy brutality in 2016, the league had no rule it could use to prevent it. The movement drew increasing criticism from President Donald Trump, as well as many fans, who believed it was a sign of disrespect toward the flag and country.

But owners have been divided on how to extricate the league from that criticism. Some owners, including the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Houston Texans' Bob McNair, wanted all players to stand. Others, such as the New York Jets' Christopher Johnson, wanted to avoid any appearance of muzzling players.

Even the seemingly simple option of clearing the field prior to the anthem was rejected by some owners who thought it would be interpreted as a mass protest or at least a sign of disrespect.

Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid have both filed collusion cases against the league after failing to find jobs as free agents.

The new policy is an adjustment to the NFL's game operations manual and thus does not need to be collectively bargained.

"We were not consulted ahead of this meeting on any potential changes to the anthem policy," NFL Players Association assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah said in a statement. "If there are changes to the policy that put players in a position where they could be disciplined or fined, we are going to do what we always do -- fight anything that encroaches on players' rights to the end."

Just another way to quiet those that see the wrongs in this country way to go nfl.

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Completely and utterly ridiculous.

All I can say is that they certainly have the RIGHT to implement this type of rule. Goes to show the importance of ownership.

Loosely related, this move may have just submarined Vince McMahon's league. 

Most of the buzz around that effort was from 'Mericans looking for some sort of one-upmanship over protesting players.

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4 minutes ago, Falcons Fan MVP said:

It's because the NFL is afraid they are going to lose a lot of money with some of the fans boycotting.

What's funny is the NFL is still dominating this year in terms of TV ratings. Of the top 7 rated events in the US this year, the only that wasn't an NFL game was the State of the Union. I think a lot of people are claiming they are tuning out, but it's not as big as people think

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Good. I don’t use my workplace as a medium for protest and I don’t watch football to watch them protest. I watch football to watch players play football for which they are handsomely rewarded. 

The NFL is simply sending the message that players are to keep the focus where the fans want it to be...on football. I applaud the move.

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1 minute ago, Peyton said:

Those of us that just want to watch football on Sunday are cool with this.  Good work NFL.

Never got this...who goes to watch football and focuses all their pregame attention on the national anthem? :lol: I want to watch football on Sunday and think this is dumb...but then again I’m not turning my TV on in a frenzy waiting to be ‘outraged’ at someone sitting during the national anthem as I sit at home with a bowl of cereal and a mimosa(Hawaii timezone).

 

Like frfr, you say this like Ryan was spiking the ball every 2 drives in protest lol. Your comment literally makes 0 sense.

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1 minute ago, Peyton said:

Yeah I think the better choice would have been to just get rid of it altogether.

Agreed. Maybe you do the anthem on select occasions (international games for instance), but even then I don't know why it's a big deal in sports. Would we all rise and stand for the anthem before an Eagles concert? No...

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Just now, Wjcorner said:

Never got this...who goes to watch football and focuses all their pregame attention on the national anthem? :lol: I want to watch football on Sunday and think this is dumb...but then again I’m not turning my TV on in a frenzy waiting to be ‘outraged’ at someone sitting during the national anthem as I sit at home with a bowl of cereal and a mimosa(Hawaii timezone).

Like frfr, you say this like Ryan was spiking the ball every 2 drives in protest lol. Your comment literally makes 0 sense.

I was really referring to all the made up outrage on both sides because of this.  It clouded a pretty great football season.  I'm sorry my comment didn't resonate with you.

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