Well seeing as polls show the NFL is now the second most popular sport in America, they have to do something.
so what's the first?
from afar, it's a surprise for us that the NFL season is so short, but then again, when basically every player on the field is involved in a full body collision on every play, maybe the surprise should be that the players actually survive the season.
Why is it in the land of the free... to be able to have free speech, personal liberty, freedom of thought etc etc, that there is no freedom of behaviour toward your national anthem or flag or whatever.
if one is allowed to choose what personal conceal weapon they can carry, choose what representative to send in to government, choose whether to wear a baseball hat indoors or not, to choose what religion to, or not to believe in, then why is there no choice as to ones posture during the playing of the national anthem.
would I prefer all of us Ozzies to stand during the playing of the anthem? absolutely, but if you're going to choose to sit it out, then surely that's ok.
Same with our flag... There's conversations about changing our flag, and always there's the same old story " my father fought for this flag" ....
No he didn't, he fought for the country, and this flag is a representation of this country, it is not the country itself.
If Australia changed our name to Gwendolaland or Whatever and the flag changed to red and yellow stripes, it would still be the same country, the name and flags are just representations of the country, the people the soul of the country.
anyway, as I said, I'll always stand to attention for any counties anthem ( and I can't tell you how many times I had to stand for the USA anthem at the FINA World Champs in Budapest in July '17) but not every one does. and I'm ok with that.