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Report: NFL won't implement new national anthem policy this season allowing protests to continue

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The NFL is not expected to issue an official policy addressing national anthem demonstrations this season, a report says. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

As the 2018 NFL regular season kicks off this weekend, the league does not plan to implement an official policy addressing controversial national anthem demonstrations.

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League sources told ESPN on Sunday that top NFL officials do not anticipate issuing a national anthem policy despite the ongoing controversy surrounding players' protests.

ESPN reported:

The new policy is going to be no policy -- at least for this season, according to sources.

Too many people have stances too strong to figure out a compromise, although talks will continue.

In May, the NFL announced a leaguewide ban on national anthem demonstrations, implementing a policy that included a 15-yard penalty for players who kneel during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

However, after significant pushback from the NFL Players Union, the league announced it would suspend the policy. The development came after the union filed a grievance against the league, arguing the policy "infringes on player rights."

"The union’s claim is that this new policy, imposed by the NFL’s governing body without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on player rights," the union said.

While demonstrations are sure to occur Sunday, a recent poll found that fewer Americans are closely following the NFL due to national anthem demonstrations.

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