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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants players to stand during national anthem, memo says

Published: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 @ 3:15 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 @ 6:27 PM

Roger Goodell Wants NFL Players To Stand During Anthem

UPDATE Oct. 11:

The National Football League Players Association, the organization representing NFL players, said in a joint statement Wednesday that NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith will join NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in league meetings Oct. 17 and 19. Player leadership will also be in attendance.

“There has been no change in the current policy regarding the anthem. The agenda will be a continuation of how to make progress on the important social issues that players have vocalized,” the statement said. “Everyone who is part of our NFL community has a tremendous respect for our country, our flag, our anthem and our military, and we are coming together to deal with these issues in a civil and constructive way.”

Earlier Wednesday, a league spokesman told the NFL does not have plans to mandate players stand for the national anthem, contrary to reports.

“Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate,” gthe spokesman said. “The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together.”


In a letter to the league, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he wants players to stand during the national anthem before games.

ESPN reported that Goodell expressly said he wanted players to do so. 

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“Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem,” Goodell wrote, according to The Washington Post. “It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us. We also care deeply about our players and respect their opinions and concerns about critical social issues. The controversy over the anthem is a barrier to having honest conversations and making real progress on the underlying issues. We need to move past this controversy, and we want to do that together with our players.”

“Building on many discussions with clubs and players, we have worked to develop a plan that we will review with you at next week’s League meeting,” Goodell said, according to CNBC, which also obtained a copy of the Tuesday letter.

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The letter did not have specifics on how Goodell will enforce players standing during the anthem, but the measure would “include such elements as an in-season platform to promote the work of our players on these core issues.”

Goodell said chief executives and club presidents will “continue the unprecedented dialogue with our players.”

According to ESPN, discussions on the rule change would likely happen at the NFL’s regularly-scheduled fall meetings Oct. 17 and 18.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart told Yahoo Sports team owners will discuss anthem rules at the fall meeting.

“I expect and look forward to a full and open discussion of these issues when we meet next week in New York,” Goodell wrote. “Everyone involved in the game needs to come together on a path forward to continue to be a force of good within our communities, protect the game, and preserve our relationship with fans throughout the country.”

Read Goodell’s full memo, from NBC News, below. 

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Read: Tom Brady reflects on Super Bowl loss in new Instagram post

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke out for the first time Friday in the wake of his team’s Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

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The Eagles defeated the Patriots in Minneapolis on Sunday, 41-33.

"It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had,” he wrote in an Instagram post. "There are many emotions when you come up short on your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life."

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He went on to express his gratitude to the organization, his teammates, the Eagles and the fans.

To read the whole post, click here.

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It has taken me a few days to reflect on our SB loss as well as the great season our team had. There are many emotions when you come up short of your goal. And they are all part of learning and growing in this journey of life. Learning turns everything into a postitive. And the number one feeling I have had the past 4 days is gratitude. Gratitude to my teammates for the incredible effort given all season regardless of the challenges we faced. Gratitude toward my coaches for the effort and sacrifice they make to put us players in the best position to win. Gratitude to the NEP organization for supporting us on our very challenging and difficult journey. Gratitude to the Philadelphia Eagles team and organization for bringing out the best in us and being gracious winners (as well as congratulations on winning the championship) Gratitude toward our fans who showed up every week to cheer us on and commit their time and energy and love and support to what our goals are. And gratitude to my family and friends who continue to love and support my dreams. Thank you all. I love you all. Best, Tom

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North Carolina woman wins tickets to every Super Bowl for next 30 years

Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 2:01 PM

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A North Carolina woman has won a prize that would be any football fan's dream.

As winner of Bud Light's Super Bowl Tickets for Life sweepstakes, Amy Stronger of Gastonia will receive four tickets to every Super Bowl game for the next 30 years, WSOC reported.

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The benefits start next weekend with an all-expenses-paid, four-day trip to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis.

According to the press release, Stronger is a Saints fan and a graduate of UNC-Charlotte.

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Bakery creating 16-foot cake for Patriots fans

Published: Saturday, January 27, 2018 @ 1:04 PM

Montilio's Baking Company is working on a 16-foot cake that will be delivered by truck to Gillette Stadium.
Montilio's Baking Company is working on a 16-foot cake that will be delivered by truck to Gillette Stadium.(

A Massachusetts bakery is busy designing a sweet treat to share with fans Monday at the Patriots Super Bowl send-off

Montilio's Baking Company is working on a 16-foot cake that will be delivered by truck to Gillette Stadium, Boston25News reported.

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And the bakery has also found another way to show off its Pats pride before the big game.

"We've just banned all the Philadelphia cream cheese ... and any cream cheese products that come from there or have the name on it," bakery owner George Montilio said.

Montilio's isn't the only one banning certain products before next Sunday.

Dottie's Donuts in Philadelphia announced it won't sell any “New England themed” menu items until after the Super Bowl. A museum in Philadelphia has temporarily renamed its Patriots Gallery. And the Esplanade has banned all things Philly - including cream cheese, cheesesteaks, Sylvester Stallone and bald eagles.

The owner of Montilio's says he loves a friendly rivalry, and knows customers and fans feel the same way, Boston25News reported.

If you want to see what the bakers are working on - you'll have to head out to the Super Bowl send-off Monday morning. 

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Vince McMahon announces new XFL football league

Published: Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 3:06 PM

Vince McMahon Bringing Back the XFL

Vince McMahon is bringing back the XFL.

In a highly touted announcement made at 3 p.m., the WWE founder and chairman announced the new professional football league, the first incarnation of which was announced in 1999, is returning.

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Coming in 2020, McMahon says the league will be “football reimagined” and have a championship game. McMahon said the game will be faster-paced than NFL football.

Teams will be in eight cities, which will be announced in the coming months, according to ESPN. Team names will follow the cities announcement. 

Before the announcement, CBS Sports reported that McMahon would be announcing the 2020 return of the defunct league.

The original XFL, which McMahon co-owned with NBC, only lasted one season in 2001.

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ESPN reported that Alpha Entertainment, a company formed by McMahon, filed trademarks for the name XFL. The company was founded to make investments that include pro football.

“I wanted to do this since the day we stopped the other one,” McMahon told ESPN. “A chance to do it with no partners, strictly funded by me, which would allow me to look in the mirror and say, ‘You were the one who screwed this up,’ or ‘You made this thing a success.’”

McMahon will be the only owner of all the league’s teams, and said players will not be able to make political statements while on the field.

“People don’t want social and political issues coming into play when they are trying to be entertained,” McMahon said. “We want someone who wants to take a knee to do their version of that on their personal time.

“I can say, ‘Here are the rules, and as long as you are playing football in the stadium for us, you follow these rules.’”

During the news conference Thursday, McMahon said “it would be appropriate” for players to stand during the national anthem. He also said players with criminal records would not be able to play in the league. Salaries have not been determined, but winning players will make more money. Rosters will have 40 players. The regular season will have 10 games and a postseason with to semifinals.

McMahon said the XFL will listen to sports experts and fans when it comes to nicknames on the back of jerseys and other gimmicks. The original league gained attention from nicknames like “He Hate Me” on Rod Smart’s Las Vegas Outlaws jersey.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ESPN the league would not comment on the XFL.

“We aren’t going to have much of what the (original) XFL had, including the cheerleaders, who aren’t really part of the game anymore,” McMahon said. “The audience wants entertainment with football, and that’s what we are going to give them.”

More information on the XFL can be found at

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