ATLANTA – The NFL has an official rule against kneeling during the national anthem.
Following a year of hand-wringing and disagreement inside the league’s ownership ranks, team owners approved a new measure on Wednesday that gives players the option of staying in the locker room during the national anthem if they don’t wish to stand during the ceremonies. Under the new rule, players who choose to be on the field during the anthem will be required to stand. If a player or team employee is on the field during the anthem and chooses not to stand, that player’s franchise will be fined by the NFL. In turn, players and employees who choose to attend the anthem ceremonies but do not stand will also be eligible for a fine by their franchise, if the team chooses to levy one.
Fans go to games to see sports, not anthems. Making the anthem a priority over the sport itself was a mistake on the NFL's part (as it was for other leagues as well).
People don't talk about who sang the anthem and how it compared to the other anthems you attended.
With some great replies @seanfromseabeck wrote:
idk I still remember that really bad anthem Roseanne Barr sang in 1990...
I respectfully disagree with this statement. When I attend a sporting event I know and care about the Anthem as part of the pre game festivities... Also my wife and I still talk about the National Anthem sing by Whitney Houston at the SB still gives me chills
I TOTALLY AGREE !! I want to watch a FOOTBALL game - not see who can sing the National Anthem better! I know some people aren't going to agree with this- but to end this problem once and for all- make the anthem OPTIONAL!