DirectTV reportedly offering NFL refunds after National Anthem protests

Sep 28, 2017, 00:24
DirectTV reportedly offering NFL refunds after National Anthem protests

Usually, AT&T has a strict no-refund policy for its Sunday Ticket NFL package, which costs just under $300 a season, according to Bloomberg.

The Sunday Ticket package (costing around $280 per season) earns the National Football League $1.5B a year in licensing and is a big draw for DirecTV.

The TV football package costs nearly $300 a season, though AT&T offers various promotions and monthly pricing options.

DirecTV is allowing customers to get refunds when they cancel their Sunday Ticket package if they cite players protesting during the national anthem as the reason for ending the service, Joe Flint of The Wall Street Journal reports.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday praised DirecTV's move, while others criticized the exemption, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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But DirecTV parent company AT&T made a decision to offer refunds because of the sensitive nature of the issue surrounding player protests during the national anthem, ESPN's Darren Rovell reports.

The NFL makes $1.5 billion a year in licensing revenue from DirecTV's Sunday Ticket package.

National Anthem protests began previous year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the song, saying he wanted to raise awareness of racial injustice and police brutality.

That set off a firestorm in American sports, as several players from various leagues either spoke out against the president or knelt or stayed in the locker room or locked arms during the national anthem. Although the polls seem to conflict, respondents could believe players should be respectful but also oppose firing them exclusively based on their protest.

The Dallas Cowboys' squad, meanwhile, chose to kneel in unison before the song during ahead of their contest late Monday. Those who seek refunds due to national anthem protests could be the rare exception.

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