The N.F.L. I can not part with the split of the national anthem. Developments this week have confirmed that despite the wishes of the League, the debate over how to deal with players kneeling during the anthem, the N.F.L. Discussion. Here is what we know.
What happens to the anthem now?
On Thursday, the Miami Dolphins produced an Associated Press-sourced document that described anthem protests as "club-adverse behavior" and said they could lead to suspension or fines. In the wake of the following criticism, the team denied that the policy was set in stone, saying that "all options are still open."
"For this constructive dialogue to continue," said the Bund and Union in a joint conversation statement: "We have come to a standstill agreement on the NFLPA complaint and the NFL's anthem policy promulgated or enforced new rules regarding the anthem for the next few weeks. "
The current confusion is partly the result of the League's decision in May to change its rules anthem policy as opposed to a negotiated agreement with the players' union. The union then filed a complaint, arguing that the league violated the collective agreement. This has led to talks between the two sides.
How politics is changed, if anything, is the big question. It is possible that the talks might break up, the league begins the season with its current policy, the complaint proceeds and the issuance of bubbles from there. On the other hand, the league and the union could find a way to make both sides happy.
Fact is, both sides need each other. The league does not want to wage war with the union during the season when it tries to keep its focus on the field. In recent years, the union has sued the League (think Deflategate) and has created an endless cycle of letters, court appointments and grandstands that have not made anyone happy except cable sports channels and bloggers.
At the same time, the union has to defend its members, the players, and does not want them to be punished by their superiors and publicly blamed by President Trump and some fans.
What is the policy of the NFL?
In May the NFL announced that players on the field would have to be respectful during the national anthem. It allowed players to stay in the locker room during the anthem if they wanted.
If players break the rules, teams can be penalized and then given the opportunity to discipline players.
The policy was inspired by a handful of players, led by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who had knelt during the last two seasons during the anthem to protest against economic inequality and police brutality against minorities.
The league did no favors up with a floury policy. Under these new rules, the N.F.L. can not or may not credit an unnamed amount to a team when a player or player is protesting. At the same time, each team has the autonomy to punish players. Or not.
This created a situation in which 32 teams developed 32 strategies in real time.
Chris Johnson, chief executive of the jets, said in May that he did not intend to punish players who protest or devise rules to prevent them from protesting.
Kyle Shanahan, coach of the 49ers, said In June he had no problem with protesting players.
"It's kind of out of sight, crazy for us," he said. "We do not think it's such a big deal, I will not meet a whole team to get it right."
Other teams have chosen a different approach. Dan Quinn, coach of the Atlanta Falcons, said that whatever his team decided – stand, protest, stay in the locker room during the anthem – the decision would be for everyone to follow.
Other owners, including Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, were keener in their opinions on whether players should stand for the anthem.
Does the anthem controversy end the economy?
Last season some owners argued that the protests would have to stop because they were hurting the League's affairs. Players had to understand, some owners said that if the finances of the league suffer, the players also suffer.
In a record of an October Owners 'and Players' Meeting the New York Times received Buffalo Bill's owner Terry Pegula saying he lost sponsors over the protests and Trump must beat the league again.
The league is "under attack," he said. "We are hit by a tsunami."
But Pegula could have stretched the truth. It is true that some sponsors have left teams and even the league. Papa John's Pizza, for example, cut the ties with the N.F.L. But the league found a new sponsor almost immediately, Pizza Hut. TV viewers slipped, but they had already fallen. The League also notes that the N.F.L. The ratings have been relatively good compared to other TV shows.
The recent Green Bay Packers report also shows that the teams have been largely untouched by the protests and fans and sponsors who claim to be offended. On Monday, the Packers – the only publicly held team in the league, the only one to release financial figures – said they had received almost 5 percent more revenue from letter-size sources thanks to new TV deals. Local sales also increased. Team president Mark Murphy said the hymn controversy had no impact on the team's finances.
Did we see the end of the anthem protests?
Jurrell Casey, the star defensive lineman of the Tennessee Titans, said this week that he planned to continue protesting and was ready to pay a fine for it. He hit his fist during the last season. The Titans responded that they wanted to talk to Casey, but they did not immediately threaten him with discipline.
What's up with Kaepernick and Eric Reid?
After being the leader of the burgeoning protests in In Season 2016, Kaepernick could not find a team for 2017. He filed a complaint in which the teams were charged with a collaboration game against him. This process continues slowly, with statements made by league and team officials.
Security Eric Reid, another demonstrator, filed his own complaint in May alleging that collusion had stopped him from getting a job for the upcoming season. Reid is also an important part of the union's complaint against the new rules.
What do people say?
Surprise! The theme of the divisive anthem still polarizes.
Nothing about the recent developments by the President of the United States, who said that the proposed N.F.L. Politics does not go far enough and players who stayed in the locker room may not be "out in the country".