NFL, Players Reach a Deal on League Support of Activism

The National Football League and its players association have reportedly reached an agreement to support community activism, including a deal for the NFL to provide about $89 million over seven years to social-justice causes. The money will specifically be donated to criminal-justice-reform projects and others related to law-enforcement community relations and education, ESPN reported. The tentative agreement stops short of directly addressing players’ on-field demonstrations during the playing of the national anthem, but owners have reportedly expressed hope that the deal will persuade players to stop taking a knee. NFL owners must still approve the agreement.