Will the NFL ban on kneeling boost ratings?

Colin Kaepernick centre started the kneeling protest movement in 2016 pre-season match

"We didn't define exactly what you have to be doing to be out there, but I think everybody understands what it means to be respectful during the anthem". Players also have the option to stay in the locker room instead during the anthem.

NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus said he also thought there was "fatigue" on the part of fans with so many football games being broadcast. "Obviously, we want to continue to work with our players and make sure that they feel that their point of view has been respected".

"I'm glad they came to an agreement", Quarterback Dak Prescott said.

But the NFL Players Association said league officials did not consult with the union in the development of the new policy. New York Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson told Newsday he would pay any fine handed down by the National Football League, allowing players to freely kneel during the "Star-Spangled Banner" -- without fear of repercussions from the team.

When NFL ratings fell 10% last season, some team owners and fans argued that it was because players were kneeling during the national anthem.

The NFL on Wednesday unveiled a new policy that requires all players and team personnel on the field to stand during the national anthem unless.

Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster shrugged his shoulders when asked about the NFL's new policy on national anthem protests, saying in a way, players are powerless. Lurie, who called Trump's presidency "disastrous", cautioned against players getting drawn into the president's tactics. A New York Times report from late April detailed the following scene from the owners' meeting with a group of players to discuss the anthem, protests of policy brutality and systemic racism that were taking place during the anthem, and the firestorm set off by the president when he stated at a rally that any "son of a bitch" who sits or kneels during the anthem should be fired.

Jalen Reeves-Maybin left and teammate Steve Longa of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the anthem
Image Jalen Reeves-Maybin left and teammate Steve Longa of the Detroit Lions take a knee during the anthem

"They should keep them off the field if they don't want to participate in the national anthem", Tracy Saunders of Glenshaw said. "At the end of the day, it's probably going to be more of the same".

"For me, I always stand for the anthem", Peko told reporters.

"Last fall was hard, I think, for all of us within the league", Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy said. "I personally support that and I'd like to see some changes brought about on that front as opposed to deflecting the issues and making it an issue of the flag".

Acho, a union representative, said that "of course, somebody who is standing on the side of the union is going to say yes and people who didn't give the union a say - the owners - are going to say no". There were deep partisan divisions within this group, though among both independents and Democrats, rallygoers were more likely to say anthem protests were appropriate than people who did not attend rallies themselves. "You can fight the resistance on that one, but same as we can't smoke marijuana because it's illegal in certain states, or it's legal in certain states, it's the same issue". They then stood together during the anthem.

"The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL's Management Council John Mara about the principles, values and patriotism of our League", the statement reads. They think the policy is contradictory and they plan to challenge it in the event it violates the collective bargaining agreement the two parties have agreed to.

The owners spent several hours addressing the contentious issue - which has reached all the way to the White House.

Goodell praised players for causing "awareness and action around issues that must be addressed", but said there are alternative avenues to do so off the field.

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