Earlier this morning, President Trump sent a tweet urging Congress to change a law that allows NFL franchises tax exempt status. This is due to the kneeling controversy fans are now accustomed to witnessing during every game.
Trump’s tired of seeing. Millions of Americans are tired of seeing it. And most people would probably agree leaving politics out of sports is best.
Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2017
Currently, the NFL manual says players must be on the sidelines during the anthem and that they should stand, per ESPN:
According to the manual, “During the national anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking.”
Of course, nobody has been fined or penalized for kneeling or raising the black power fist.
Now, a new report says NFL owners are considering changing the rules which will requireplayers to stand while “The Star Spangled Banner” is being played.
The owners of the NFL are reportedly considering a rule change that would make it mandatory for players to stand during the national anthem.
A league spokesman said that the owners would discuss the potential change during a meeting next week, Dow Jones reported.
BIG. LEAGUE. Trump gets stuff done.
More from The Hill:
Trump raised the issue again on Tuesday, accusing the NFL in a tweet of taking “massive tax breaks,” despite “disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country.”
NFL teams are, in fact, for-profit entities that pay taxes accordingly. The league’s central office itself was previously classified as a nonprofit, but gave up its tax exempt status in 2015 amid criticism.
NFL spox Joe Lockhart: owners’ in fall mtgs next week to have a chance to discuss anthem issue, look at policy, and if need to change it— Ryan Smith (@ryansmithtv) October 10, 2017
Three Miami Dolphins players who regularly kneel were not seen on the field recently, per NY Post:
The three Miami football players who had been protesting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” were not on the field for the ceremonies before their home game against the Titans, after the team’s owner changed his position and said his team had to stand.
Owner Stephen Ross, who had been supportive of players protesting against racial inequality in the U.S., signaled that President Trump had influenced him into believing a perceived lack of patriotism would not be tolerated. Kenny Stills, Julius Thomas and Mike Thomas, who have taken knees since Colin Kaepernick began the movement last season, remained in the locker room as the anthem was being played. After it was over, the three returned to the field.
Want to know why NFL owners are now considering a change? Ratings:
As President Trump made a series of controversial comments against the hundreds of NFL players who knelt during the national anthem in games over the weekend, NBC’s broadcast of “Sunday Night Football” saw a significant drop in ratings compared to its week three game in 2016.
The “Sunday Night Football” match-up between the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins was down around 12.9% compared to last year’s game in the same week, according to Reuters.
For contrast, CBS’ Sunday games, as a whole, saw a slight uptick in viewership compared to last year, while Fox’s afternoon game was down 16%.
Do you like apples? Trump just got the NFL to reconsider how it goes about business.
How do you like them apples?