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DirecTV offering refunds for fans offended by protests

28 September 2017, 12:22 | Simon Arnold

DirecTV allowing NFL package refunds over protest controversy

REPORT: DirecTV Offering Refunds on NFL Sunday Ticket Because of Players Kneeling During Anthem

Customer service representatives are reportedly making exceptions this season because of the backlash from a portion of the population over anthem protests from the majority of teams this week.

NFL Sunday Ticket is a $280 service offered by DirecTV that allows football fans to watch every NFL game, each week. The Wall Street Journal reported the refunds earlier Tuesday.

A national survey was conducted surrounding the NFL players' decision to kneel during the anthem, and 64% of respondents said NFL players should stand during the anthem and be respectful. Mark Hoffman, a longtime subscriber to Sunday Ticket told the Wall Street Journal that he applied for a refund but wasn't confident he would receive one.

AT&T is the exclusive home of the Sunday Ticket, which offers the full slate of Sunday afternoon National Football League games.

Once the season starts, fans usually are stuck with their subscription, but AT&T, which owns DirecTV, made a decision to change the policy due to the sensitivity of the issue. spoke to a spokesman for AT&T, which owns DirecTV, who declined to confirm the change in policy and said the company would not be sharing any statistics on the number of subscribers who canceled for this reason and received refunds.

President Donald Trump fanned the flames of the debate during a speech at a rally in Alabama supporting Luther Strange's primary campaign.

Maurice Smith No. 27 and Julius Thomas No. 89 kneel with Jarvis Landry No. 14 of the Miami Dolphins during the national anthem prior to an NFL game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on September 24, 2017. Accompanied by owner Jerry Jones, on Monday night players for the Dallas Cowboys knelt before the anthem and stood with locked arms during it.

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.

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