The NFL announced that teams will be fined if players do not stand for the National Anthem. Players not wishing to stand are allowed to stay the locker room, but not on the field.
I don’t know if this is constitutional, but would be interested in what our resident lawyers have to say. It’s not the government making the call, but companies can’t just make employees do anything they wish.
I think I understand why they are doing this (it was supposedly a unanimous decision by the owners), because they think they will get more revenue, but I’m somewhat conflicted. The teams area a business and a business should have reasonable say about how it presents itself to its customers. But it’s really only an “issue” because the news media chooses to dwell on it. It does not bother me in the least if players choose to stand or not.
So I guess I’d say “maybe good for business but not good social policy”.