NFL owners have today announced a new national anthem policy that requires players to stand if they are on the field during the performance, but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer. The new policy was voted on at the conclusion of the league’s spring meetings and approved by all 32 owners.
According to NFL.com, a team will be fined if players or personnel are on the field but “do not stand and show respect for the flag” during the national anthem. Additionally, each team is free to develop their own rules regarding players and personnel who do not respect the flag.
The new policy,