NFL player representatives and league officials reached an agreement Wednesday night for the league to provide financial support to players’ community-activism endeavors, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
The tentative agreement does not directly address the ongoing protests by NFL players during the national anthem, multiple people familiar close to the situation said earlier in the evening.
Owners have been hopeful that an agreement with the players on activism would lead all players to voluntarily stand for the anthem. But divisions on the players’ side of the issue that became evident earlier Wednesday potentially could lead to the protests continuing even if the deal on activism is in place.
The tentative agreement is subject to final approval by the NFL owners. The owners are scheduled to meet in December in Dallas but might not take up the issue until the annual league meeting in March.
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