ATLANTA (WENY) — NFL owners have unanimously approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday afternoon that requires players to stand. Players do have the option to remain in the locker room during the anthem if they prefer. However. The new policy subjects teams to a fine if any player, or team personnel member, does not show respect for the star spangled banner while on the field.
"We want people to stand and be respectful to the national anthem," said NFL Commissioners, Roger Goodell. "We want people to stand. That’s all personnel. And make sure that they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something I think we owe. We’ve been very sensitive in making sure we give players choices. But we do believe that that moment is an important moment."
"I think that we’ve listened to a lot of different viewpoints, including our fans over the last year," said Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Art Rooney II. " And I think this policy attempts to come out in a place where we respected everyone’s point of view in this as best we could."
The NFL Players Association says they will review the policies and challenge anything that is inconsistent with their collective bargaining agreement. This new anthem policy will be in effect for the upcoming NFL season.