Sorry, NFL owners -- you blew it

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He continued: "If anyone is on the field and is disrespectful to the anthem or the flag, there will be a fine from the league against the team".

"I think our clubs all see this the same way - we want our players to stand, we're going to encourage them to stand and we're going to continue to work on these issues in the community", Goodell said.

"I do not like imposing any club-specific rules", Johnson said. "You want to go out and use your right of freedom of speech and take a knee, you're going to get fined so it's really not a compromise".

"We want people to be respectful to the National Anthem", said Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner. Of course. But I understand if they felt the need to protest.

In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team - not the players. "Well, I think that's good".

The NFL chose not to consult that NFL Players Association before implementing the policy, a move that was met with wide criticism.

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

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"I think that we've listened to a lot of different viewpoints including our fans over the previous year, and I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everybody's point of view on this as best we could", Steelers Owner Art Rooney II said.

Although the league said the vote was unanimous, San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said afterward that he abstained because he wasn't comfortable with a process that didn't directly involve the players. I think the main thing out of all of it is that each ball club is having open communication with the players and ownership about the issues that are going on in the community and trying to change it. The NFL commissioner will also "impose appropriate discipline" on anyone who runs afoul of the rule, approved at the league's annual spring meeting in Atlanta.

Players who do come onto the field for the anthems would be required to stand or teams would be fined. There shouldn't be many players who don't come out and stand for all of the anthems.

The president amplified the debate surrounding players NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem-a form of demonstration started by quarterback Colin Kaepernick-by regularly railing against the folks who demonstrated. During a September rally, he referred to an National Football League player making a gesture during "The Star-Spangled Banner" as a "son of a bitch" who should be fired.

As Newsday points out in their piece, no Jets players took a knee during the national anthem last season, deciding instead to lock arms and stand together. The president's words inflamed the protest controversy last season, and this time around, they're likely to have the same effect.

"They know I will stand up for them". "I don't think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it's good. Ratings have dipped a little bit", Mr Dorfman said, adding the National Football League was "still one of the strongest live events you can buy in television".