NFL, Players Union Look to Tackle Anthem Policy…Again – Wall Street Journal

The Miami Dolphins recently suspended a new rule that would result in players being fined or suspended for protesting during the National Anthem just hours after the rule became public. Photo: Stephen Brashear/Associated Press 185 Comments By Andrew Beaton Andrew Beaton The Wall Street Journal Biography Aug. 1, 2018 12:04 p.m. ET

It took two years for National Football League team owners to devise an answer to the supercharged questions raised by players kneeling in protest during the national anthem. It took just two months for that solution to collapse.

With the NFL’s first exhibition game taking place Thursday, the league and the NFL Players Association are now attempting again to come up with clear rules about what players can and can’t do during the playing of the anthem—and what the consequences of breaking those rules would be.

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To resolve the issue, however, the league and players will have to avoid repeating the mistakes of this spring’s ill-fated attempt to reset the anthem rules. That process was riddled by miscommunication, resulting in a policy that gave teams wide berth to handle matters

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