NFL Announces New National Anthem Policy

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    NFL owners have today announced 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. The new policy was voted on at the conclusion the league’s spring meetings and approved by all 32 owners.

    According to NFL.com, a team will be fined if players or personnel are on the field but “do not stand and show respect for the flag” during the national anthem. Additionally, each team is free to develop their own rules regarding players and personnel who do not respect the flag.

    The new policy,  NFL.com:

    1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

    2.The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.

    3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location f the field until after the Anthem has been performed.

    4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

    5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

    6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.

    A statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reads:

    “This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.”

    “We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it.”