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A "Stop Hate" slogan on the back of a New York Jets player's helmet. Photo: Al Pereira/Getty Images

The NFL will allow players to display choice social justice messages on their helmets and will stencil in "It Takes All of Us” and “End Racism” messages in the end zones of every field, the Associated Press reported.

Why it matters: Approximately 70% of the NFL's active players are Black and the initiative is an effort by league officials to display solidarity with players protesting social justice causes like Black Lives Matter, per the New York Times.

  • The league has previously been criticized for failing to adequately support players who protested against racism and police violence.

The big picture: The NFL began stenciling the end zone messages and permitting helmet messages last year as part of its Inspire Change initiative, according to AP. The six helmet slogans players will be able to choose from include:

  • “End Racism"
  • “Stop Hate”
  • “It Takes All of Us”
  • “Black Lives Matter”
  • “Inspire Change”
  • “Say Their Stories.”

The end zone stencils will appear in all home games except in cases where other specific causes are being highlighted.

  • "For example, during a club’s Salute to Service game, 'End Racism' will be replaced with 'Salute To Service' in one end zone and 'It Takes All of Us' will remain on the opposite side," AP reported.

What they're saying: “It’s an opportunity to highlight messages that are important to the league, players and personnel and our communities,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Times.

  • George Atallah, a spokesman for the NFL Players Association, the players’ union, told the Times, “Our membership continues to not only care about these issues, but have been putting in the time and effort to effectuate change in their communities.”

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Broncos honor Demaryius Thomas, dominating Detroit Lions

An image of the late former Denver Broncos player Demaryius Thomas is displayed on the big screen before Sunday’s game at Empower Field at Mile High. Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

The Broncos delivered an emotional win in Denver on Sunday against the Detroit Lions, paying tribute to Demaryius Thomas, the former wide receiver who died this past week at the age of 33.

  • In front of a raucous crowd, the team soundly defeated the Lions 38-10.

Of note: Broncos players wore "88" decals on their helmets and started the game with 10 players, rather than 11, as a tribute to Thomas.

China builds its own movie empire

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Data: Gower Street citing Comscore; Chart: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Why 401(k) rollovers are so annoying

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

If you happened to change jobs recently, you may have tried to transfer your retirement account from your former employer into an Individual Retirement Account or your new employer's 401(k) plan. If so, you probably encountered a bureaucratic gantlet — and you're not alone.

Why it matters: Kludgey processes around retirement account transfers result in people losing track of their funds, giving up important tax advantages, or otherwise disadvantaging themselves and being less prepared for retirement.