NJ bar bans National Football League games Veterans Day weekend

News Channel 8 Reporter Peter Bernard

Majeski, Pientka and Burko said they are ready to give up watching pro football for good if the NFL continues to allow players to kneel during the national anthem.

Despite its half empty stadiums, its floundering ratings and a push from a top sponsor that has hinted they might abandon the league, the NFL announced Saturday that there will be "no changes" to its national anthem policy, the Washington Times reported.

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents US national unity and respect for those who serve in the military. So far, 22,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will turn off the TV for games.

"We're sending the National Football League, its corporate sponsors, and the television networks a message this Veterans Day weekend!" said conservative group 2ndVote.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looks on before a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

The protests broadened across the league in September, after President Donald Trump told an Alabama crowd that any player protesting during the anthem should be removed from the field.


According to the Associated Press, no players kneeled during the national anthem in early games on Sunday.

The Lower Burrell Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 92 will not broadcast Sunday's 1 p.m. matchup between the Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts because of "the lack of respect by the National Football League of our flag and our country", according to a sign on the Lower Burrell VFW's door at its Wildlife Lodge Road site.

Eric Reid and Marquise Goodwin protested on the 49ers sideline, while the Giants' Olivier Vernon knelt on the NY sideline.

The president and other critics argued that the playing of the national anthem was the wrong time for protests, regardless of the reason, because the song represents USA national unity and respect for those who serve in the military.

For their opponents, the New York Giants, Olivier Vernon again was the only team member to protest, taking a knee during the national anthem.

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