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After Trump Proposes Pulling NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status, League Pushes Players to Stand

The president seems to be winning his latest fight for the flag and national anthem.

President Trump appears to be winning his fight against the NFL protests as the league announced on Tuesday that it expects its players to stand for the national anthem.

“Like many of our fans, we blieve that everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in a letter to team owners.

“It is an important moment in our game. We want to honor our flag and our country, and our fans expect that of us,” he continued.

Goodell said that the league would seek ways to promote players’ social activism, but the commissioner made clear that the fall meeting would consider a rule to require standing for the anthem.

The announcement comes mere hours after President Trump threatened to end the NFL’s tax-exempt status in an early morning tweet.

The league’s classification as a non-profit exempts it from certain tax provisions, even as Goodell collects a $34.1 million salary. Beyond the league’s tax avoidance, NFL teams avoid millions in local taxes and force local municipalities to fork up hundreds of millions to build new stadiums.

Once Trump threatened these revenues, the NFL bent the knee, but not to the national anthem.