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National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

It’s ultra-rare for NFL players to participate in the annual fall meetings of the league’s owners, but these are unusual times.

A group of players, their union’s leader, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will join team owners Tuesday before the regularly-scheduled meetings at the Conrad New York hotel to discuss the national anthem controversy created by players kneeling to protest racial inequality. The NFL wants to hear the concerns of the players while not further alienating fans, and potentially sponsors, who see the protests as disrespecting the flag and the military.

Although the league and the union both say there will be no change to the current policy that players are...

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