The NFL has been having a tough time with the drop in ratings and sponsors. But they have themselves to blame for their decline in revenue. They couldn’t control their players or were unwilling to take any action. So NFL Fans did the one thing that would actually make the Owners hear them. Many fans boycotted the disrespectful League.
The NFL heard the fans or at least are trying to appease them with the decision to make teams face a penalty if they continue their kneeling political stance. Well, that’s if the Home team decides they should be present for The National Anthem. Otherwise, both teams could potentially skip The Anthem altogether.
“Per sources, one anthem idea being discussed: Leaving it up to the home team on whether teams come out for the anthem; if teams do come out for the anthem, the potential that teams could be assessed 15-yard penalties for kneeling.”
Per sources, one anthem idea being discussed: Leaving it up to home team on whether teams come out for the anthem; if teams do come out for the anthem, potential that teams could be assessed 15-yard penalties for kneeling.
“The league is currently being sued by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, with the two unsigned free agents alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep them unemployed. Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, to protest police brutality, starting a trend that swept across the league in 2016 and ’17.”
The NFL is hoping that their bribe/pledge to donate $89 million to charities over the next 7 years will help to make players more compliant.
“The $89 million pledge is set for seven years, with owners chipping in $5 million this year and maxing out with a $12 million commitment each year from 2021–2023.”
“The agreement does not include language calling for players to end protests during the national anthem in exchange for funds; there’s no implicit quid pro quo. But the NFL hopes this effort will effectively end the peaceful yet controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started in 2016, when he refused to stand for the anthem.”
So even after an 89 million dollar “pledge” the NFL teams may still skip the anthem. With the numerous up and coming football players, why does the NFL even deal with disrespectful players? They could drop all of the noncompliant players and changed out every player that decided to disrespect the flag. But I guess that would have been too easy.