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Opinion: The new NFL national anthem policy is weak

(MGN Online)

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The National Football League‘s new national anthem policy makes no sense.

The reason for the policy is that the NFL’s patriotism came into question. The problem escalated when President Donald Trump called for players who do not stand to be fired.

A huge majority of Americans are very patriotic, the sideshow caused for NFL ratings to go down, which will end up driving down the league’s revenues.

While many conservatives are applauding the policy, and it is a political win for the president, I think the new rules are weak.

Yes, players and personnel are going to be required to stand for the national anthem, but only if they are on the field. They could choose to not come out for the anthem and protest our country’s flag and anthem in that way.

Think of the optics with some players are on the field with their hands on their hearts for the anthem and others in the locker room hanging out.

That could create a sideshow with media covering how many players are on the field, how many are in the locker room, who is on the field standing, who is kneeling or sitting. What a mess.

Moreover, the penalty for having players and personnel on the field and not standing will be a fine against their team.

Considering that these teams are multibillion dollar operations the fines are likely to be a drop in their dollar-filled buckets.

Here is the bottom line: if the NFL had the resolve to truly put this issue to bed, it should have stepped up, heard the voices of their fans and required that everyone associated with the league stand for the American anthem.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

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