NFL to require players on field to stand for national anthem

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The NFL announced a new policy today that will require players on the field to stand while the national anthem is played during its upcoming season. While violations will see a fine levied against the team by the league — along with potential repercussions from the league office — players may also choose to remain off the field or in the locker room during the anthem if they do not wish to stand.

Why it matters: The decision was a hot-button issue amongst NFL owners last season — and it's a significant win for President Trump in one of his favorite culture war issues.