NFL owners spent hours yesterday attempting to repair their national anthem policy, an effort that has exposed deep divisions among franchises and left them struggling to find common ground. The discussions are expected to resume this morning, with a resolution possible by the end of today.
Among the possibilities discussed, according to sources, were:
Allow each team to implement its own policy
Clear the field of all football personnel while the anthem is played
Instruct players who don't want to stand to remain in the locker room while the anthem is played
Add contract language that requires players to stand
Leave the current policy in place
Impose penalties on teams and players who do not stand, including a 15-yard penalty
The problem with that is that players would probably come up with other ways to express their protests. And that could do even more damage. The best bet might be to not do a thing, and hope players will do what many fans believe to be the right thing.