Land Of the FEE: NFL National Anthem Policy

With social constructions and racial tensions oppressing minorities within the United States of America, there aren't really any true temporal routes of escape. Power is power, and NFL Executives exercised theirs yesterday with new rules regarding player protest against the National Anthem. While the NFLPA has stated their intent to review and appeal any possible infringements the NFL may be making against the Collective Bargain agreement, the political, financial, and social agendas of NFL owners have already fortified to reconcile league reverence for the National Flag, Anthem, and all the pertaining mandates of the United States of America.

Mandatory Credit: John Bazemore, AP


New NFL Policies now require NFL Players to stand while the National Anthem is played at Football events, or remain in the locker room until the National Anthem is over. The mandate seems to have ambiguity, and will likely yield to more unrest in the 2018 season. With 12 or more players off the field during the anthem, won't the protest and disdain for the flag become more evident?

While NFL players gladly accept million dollar contracts from NFL owners who establish mandates they deem immoral, they fail to evaluate the social unrest they willing subject themselves too; for a rightful monetary cause. The never ending uncertainty regarding morale uprightness in american society is full of dualism, argument, debate, strife, and inconsistency. Successfully, league owners have now given the media more controversy to spike NFL ratings for the upcoming NFL season. While it may be unintentional, it's a brilliant marketing strategy.



POLICY STATEMENT


The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.

The membership also strongly believes that:


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 off 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.




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