DirecTV is offering refunds to fans upset over the National Football League anthem protests

Sep 28, 2017, 00:24
DirecTV is offering refunds to fans upset over the National Football League anthem protests

Television provider DirecTV is offering some refunds to customers who want to cancel their NFL viewing packages over this season's protests during the National Anthem.

NFL Sunday Ticket allows subscribers to watch out-of-market football games and costs about $280 for the year.

However, customers told multiple outlets they have received refunds when saying that protests are the reason for stopping service.

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"I honestly didn't think I'd get a refund", Hoffman told WSJ. Another said such people could only get prorated refunds for the remainder of the season.

The actions of the players angered many and apparently led to some calling DirecTV and cancelling their subscriptions to the popular Sunday Ticket package.

AT&T, which owns DirectTV, has not responded to reports of a change in cancellation policy. AT&T is the parent company of DirecTV.

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The first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem was Colin Kaepernick, who said he did it to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Almost 180 NFL players took a knee during national anthems before games this past Sunday and three teams did not come to the sideline. The NFL has so far been supportive of players' right to express their opinions, but it's unclear whether they'll maintain that position once it starts affecting the sport's revenue.

On Sept. 25, the Dallas Cowboys, joined by team owner Jerry Jones, knelt before the playing of the national anthem in their game against the Arizona Cardinals. As the protests have become more frequent in recent weeks, President Donald Trump has tweeted numerous times that he, and many of his supporters, find it offensive.

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