The decision came after a meeting Tuesday afternoon in New York City between NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL owners and the players and their union reps. Previously, Goodell and owners had floated changing league rules concerning players’ conduct while the anthem was playing. An NFL rule book required players to be on the sideline while the song was being played, but didn’t exactly mandate that they stand.
It’s a major decision following weeks of controversy and mixed messages. But according to the New York Times, Goodell and the players said they didn’t spend much time discussing the protests themselves.