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NFL National Anthem Protests – Only A Handful Of Players Continue To Demonstrate

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The National Football League may have found the perfect solution to its ongoing national anthem protest problem – pay it no mind. Thanks to an unofficial decision not to enforce any national anthem conduct code for this season – and with the cooperation of networks that no longer cover the song’s performance – the spotlight on athletes who choose to protest during the anthem has withered. As it stands, only a handful of die-hard NFL players are continuing to demonstrate… Read

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NFL Owner Blasts President Trump On His National Anthem Stance

Carolina Panthers owner and hedge fund mogul David Tepper has slammed President Trump regarding his national anthem protests stance. Speaking to CNBC, Tepper – who bought the Panthers for $2.2 billion in May – said the attacks on players who protest during the national anthem is "the biggest pile of bull-dinky ever." Although Tepper didn’t specifically name President Trump, it was clear whom he was talking about, referring to “Howdy-Doody” and “the red-headed guy in DC”… Read

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Nike Stock Gains 2% To Erase Losses Tied To Colin Kaepernick Ad

Less than a week after its products were literally burning up the internet after a new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign debuted, Nike is seeing its stock price return to pre-Kaepernick levels. At about $81.80 in mid-day trading, shares in the sports apparel giant are now above their level on Aug. 31, just before Kaepernick’s “Just Do It” campaign was announced. The drop after the ad news shaved more than $4 billion off of the company’s market value. Kaepernick, a former NFL… Read

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Les Moonves Leaves Complicated Legacy At CBS As Company And Industry Look To Emerge From His Long Shadow

The fall of Les Moonves is stunning for the sheer velocity with which one of the most powerful moguls in the media business got dethroned. Once regarded as creative executive with few equals, Moonves now leaves a complicated legacy clouded by the allegations of sexual misconduct made this summer by a dozen women. The 68-year-old boss finalized his exit today after weeks of speculation about his fate as chairman and CEO. For CBS — and, really, the entire television… Read

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NFL National Anthem Protests: Kneeling Players Win Kaepernick’s Approval On Instagram

The first weekend of National Football League action saw several players demonstrate during the national anthem.  Most of the protests came from players who have previously participated, but several prominent activists opted not to join in for opening day. The first day of the season arrived with a report that the NFL is not expected to implement a new policy on the national anthem this season, according to ESPN, which cited unnamed league sources.  Dialogue… Read

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NFL Opening Night: Controversies Continue To Dog The On-Field Game

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SECOND UPDATE:  Philadelphia Eagle defensive end Michael Bennett walked behind his teammates during the national anthem, then sat on the bench near its end. Most of his teammates were lined up along the sideline. Bennett protested last year during the anthem when he was with the Seattle Seahawks. Eagles defensive back Malcolm Jenkins did not raise a fist, as he has done in the past. No members of the Atlanta Falcons protested during the song. UPDATE: After an hour delay… Read

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NFL Gives Colin Kaepernick Surprisingly Upbeat Shoutout After Nike Stock Drops 3% On News Of His Endorsement Deal

UPDATED with NFL statement, 2:15 PM: A day after word surfaced that former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been retained by Nike for the 30th anniversary round of the company’s fabled “Just do it” ads, the NFL is offering a surprising nod of support for Kaepernick. "The National Football League believes in dialogue, understanding and unity. We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our… Read

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CBS Sports Widens Super Bowl LIII Streaming Scope, Adding All Access And Mobile Networks

While the Super Bowl remains the biggest live-viewing draw on linear television, CBS is touting the expanded reach of the game via streaming platforms. In a press release, the network’s sports division said it will stream the game “across more platforms than ever,” adding mobile networks and its subscription All Access service, which was in its infancy in 2016, when CBS last carried the big game. The NFL title game will be viewable for free to all on CBSSports.com and on… Read

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NFL National Anthem Protests: Poll Sees Wide GOP-Democrat Split On Kneeling

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An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll has found that opinions about football’s national anthem protests are as divided as red state/blue state politics. The results, released today on NBC’s Meet The Press by host Chuck Todd, say that just 43% of voters believe kneeling during the national anthem is an appropriate way to protest racial inequality, while the majority, 54%, say it is not appropriate. What’s more interesting about the poll results, though, are the political… Read

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NFL National Anthem Protests: Compromise Unlikely Before Start Of Season

The National Football League regular season will apparently start without a resolution to the ongoing dispute between the league and players over proper behavior during the national anthem.The Washington Post is reporting that, barring what was termed a “dramatic last-minute breakthrough,” the NFL and NFL Players Association will not reach a compromise on rules governing player behavior during the song. The NFL ruled in May that players could either stand respectfully… Read

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NFL Media Chief Says TV Networks Carry The Ball On Anthem Coverage: “You’ll Have To Talk To Them”

Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s Chief Media and Business Officer, said the league would defer to the TV networks on how anthem protests will be handled during 2018 game telecasts. “You’ll have to talk to them,” he told a handful of reporters from outlets including Deadline after the NFL’s season preview event at the NFL Experience in New York’s Times Square. “It’s their decision about what they do or don’t do. Traditionally, they haven’t really covered the anthem. There’s this… Read

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NFL Executives Acknowledge TV Rights Near An “Inflection Point” With Tech Giants Waiting In Wings

Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s Chief Business and Media Officer, called the runup to 2022 an “inflection point” for the league’s lucrative TV rights, with the current broadcast deals expiring and tech giants likely to flex their financial might. Even so, he said the NFL is taking a wait-and-see approach to dealmaking with Silicon Valley, primarily because of streaming capacity concerns. Rolapp spoke during a league-hosted preview event ahead of next week’s regular-season… Read