DirecTV offering refunds to customers angry over NFL protests

Numerous New England Patriots players take a knee during the playing of the national anthem prior to the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on September 24, 2017. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI

Sept. 27 (UPI) — 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.

The Wall Street Journal spoke with DirecTV customer service representatives and customers who received refunds and Bloomberg similarly confirmed the move with representatives.

The protests during the National Anthem have targeted the treatment of racial minorities, particularly police-involved shootings of African-Americans, and started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year.

In a speech last week, President Donald Trump said players who protest should be fired. The statement sparked more protests on teams throughout the league Sunday.

Although DirecTV usually has a no-cancellation policy for the $300-a-season NFL Sunday Ticket, a product of parent company AT&T that allows customers to watch every game, the company had offered some form of refund to fans this week.

AT&T and the NFL declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal.


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