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    As NFL owners prepare to launch two days of meetings that could result in changes to the existing anthem policy Bronson Kaufusi Jersey , the politician who turned embers into a brush fire last September revisited the controversy on Monday.

    President Donald Trump made indirect reference to the phenomenon of protests during the anthem as 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. visited the White House.

    “At every NASCAR race you will see thousands of patriotic Americans, from the grandstands to the pit stalls, proudly waving our flag,” President Trump said, via SportingNews.com. “One thing I know about NASCAR聽and I will tell you, they do indeed stand for the playing of the national anthem . . . .聽Somebody said, 鈥楳aybe you shouldn鈥檛 say that. It鈥檚 going to be controversial.’ I said Jerry Rice Jersey , 鈥楾hat鈥檚 OK. NASCAR isn鈥檛 going to mind it at all.'”

    While the President stopped short of referencing the NFL expressly, the remarks serve as a reminder that the issue remains on simmer, with the potential of exploding as the 2018 season approaches — especially with the midterm elections only two months later. Thus, as Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports recently explained, some NFL owners will try this week to come up with a solution that ends the protests once and for all.

    Any effort to placate President Trump will serve only to bolster the theory that the collusion keeping both Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid unemployed traces not to racism (as some incorrectly characterize the argument) but to a shared concern among those who own the teams that doing business with someone like Kaepernick will invite more criticism from President Trump and, in return, more derision from a base of supporters that will remain loyal to him Chris Doleman Jersey , no matter what.

    The lingering problem for the NFL is that the league gave players the right to protest, confirmed it after Kaepernick was first spotted not standing for the anthem, and reiterated it after President Trump challenged owners to “get that son of a bitch of the field” if/when kneeling happens. It could be too late to unilaterally take that right away.

    When he appeared last month on PFT Live, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he’d deal with the NFL’s restrictive offseason workout rules by complaining about them. And complain about them he is.

    The complaints derisively refer to the people who made the rules as “geniuses,” but he need not look very far to find them. He works for one of them.

    The “geniuses” are the league’s owners. More specifically, the “geniuses” are the owners who negotiated the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    In July of that year, as management and labor began to face the loss of significant revenue with the disappearance of preseason games Mark Ingram Jersey , the NFL Players Association showed willingness to accept the financial terms on which ownership had been insisting for months. The players wanted a variety of terms that resulted in no expense, and the owners agreed. One after another, piece by piece, the league surrendered items like padded practices and offseason workout time in order to get the monetary arrangement the NFL coveted.

    The coaches and other football personnel weren’t involved. When they learned of the changes, they weren’t happy. As one source put it at the time, the players secured everything but the right to have someone else play for them.

    The coaches who have coached from 2011 through 2017 have had no choice but to deal with it, and Gruden has followed the game closely enough to know about it. But it’s now affecting him for the first time as a coach Robert Thomas Jersey , and he doesn’t like it.

    Other coaches who have made the adjustment to the restrictions aren’t shedding tears for Gruden. Sure, they’d all like to have more of anything/everything when it comes to access to players, but they’ve had no choice for seven full seasons but to make it work.

    Gruden will have to make it work at least until the next CBA negotiation. Even then, the owners may not be willing to give up money in exchange for enhanced work time.

    So Gruden can complain all he wants (and we like it when he does), but real change is possibly several years away, if it ever comes at all.

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