NFL, players’ union to jointly address anthem issues in ‘civil and constructive way’
The owners appear likely to consider the possibility during the meeting of requiring players to stand for the anthem. In a letter to NFL teams Tuesday, Goodell wrote: Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the national anthem.
The league has been under pressure from President Trump to compel players to stand for the anthem rather than allow players to kneel in protest.
Seattle Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders, Tottenham stadium, Oct. 14.
Game times for each contest will be announced at a later date. The NFL releases the full 2018 schedule around mid-April.
The decision to cut back from four games to three in 2018 was made in part to ensure the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium is in order following its opening.
The three-game London slate offers international fans a bevy of enticing matchups.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden will meet the London media just over a month into his ballyhooed return to the sideline. Oakland will try to slow Russell Wilson’s magic as the Super Bowl-winning quarterback breaks in a new offensive coordinator.
Jones cited the threats of discipline against him and wrote: Such severe threats of retaliation further demonstrate the dysfunction of the current process, and show the danger of reposing excessive power in a single executive position or committee where an owner’s right to his franchise is threatened simply because he questions the negotiation process of a compensation package.
The league and other owners say no further ratification vote of the owners is required after they voted, 32-0, in May to authorize the compensation committee to negotiate the deal with Goodell.