Lower Burrell, Jeannette veterans organizations to boycott National Football League broadcasts

Lower Burrell, Jeannette veterans organizations to boycott National Football League broadcasts

Meanwhile, the league and the NFL Players Association issued a joint statement that said "there has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem", which states that players "should" stand for the anthem. Many teams have asked players to stay inside as a protest rather than kneel or sit, which some have followed in the weeks after it was instituted.

As a result, Veterans Day weekend games have sparked interest, as many were eager to see what the players would do during the national anthem.

About 22,000 people have pledged on Facebook that they plan to turn off the television during Sunday's games, the Washington Times reported. During a meeting of NFL owners earlier in October, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair said "we can't have the inmates running the prison", referring to player demonstrations during the national anthem.

"Remember, several of the companies that do business with the National Football League like DirecTV and Anheuser-Busch have signaled just how bad of a PR disaster the protests have been", the group wrote.

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

On this Veterans Day weekend, the issue of NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem took center stage. The decline is less than that between 2015 and 2016, when viewership dropped 14 percent, but is still down from that massive drop. No other protests immediately emerged. It noted that Seattle Seahawks players who previously protested opted not to do so during Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

"I will not watch the National Football League again until every single person respects the flag the way we were taught when we were young", said Captain Steven Castinetti, a Navy vet. Despite much controversy surround the protests, dozens of players have been steadfast in a consistent protest.

Following a statement from President Donald Trump calling for National Football League players to be fired for kneeling during the anthem, the issue of professional athletes and their right to exercise their First Amendment has taken on a new importance.