Veterans, not National Football League, to be focus for many fans this Sunday

Aubrey Yates
November 12, 2017

One Facebook page named Boycott The NFL has over 200,000 followers and created a video asking viewers to boycott on Veterans Day weekend.

Lower Burrell and Jeannette veterans organizations will boycott the Pittsburgh Steelers game Sunday amid a national boycott of all NFL games as part of Veterans Day observances this weekend.

In New Jersey, a bar in Farmingdale called Woody's Roadside Tavern plans to hold a fundraiser for veterans and their families, instead of showing National Football League games on the bar's 20 television screens, NJ.com reported.

And a conservative watchdog group called 2ndVote is asking fans to "stiff-arm the National Football League", according to the Washington Times.

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Although the American Legion has been protesting the NFL players' behavior during the national anthem, they are not behind Sunday's boycott, according to a recent interview with the Legion in the Indianapolis Star.

Despite its half empty stadiums, its floundering ratings and a push from a top sponsor that has hinted they might abandon the league, the NFL announced Saturday that there will be "no changes" to its national anthem policy, the Washington Times reported.

"We had considered taking a stand against the National Football League players and their practice of disrespecting the flag and after some consideration we decided that it was much more important to support our veterans", co-owner Rob Johnson told 1010 WINS.

At least 22,000 people on Facebook have said they plan to boycott the games this week. It noted that Seattle Seahawks players who previously protested opted not to do so during Thursday night's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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