Unprecedented: DirecTV allows NFL Sunday Ticket refunds after anthem controversy

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NFL Sunday Ticket is a $280 service offered by DirecTV that allows football fans to watch every NFL game, each week.

The TV football package costs nearly $300 a season, though AT&T offers various promotions and monthly pricing options.

The Wall Street Journal originally reported on the change in policy saying at least some customers were permitted refunds after they cited player's national anthem protests as the reason.


Satellite television provider DirecTV is allowing some refunds for their annual National Football League service in the wake of this weekend's protests, a Wall Street Journal report confirms. Some service representatives said no refunds would be given, while one said only customers with certain packages would get the refund.

Once you subscribe to DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package, usually you're locked in.

"I honestly didn't think I'd get a refund", Hoffman told WSJ. Usually, customers are not able to cancel their subscriptions once the season starts, but DirecTV made a decision to change the policy due to the sensitivity of the issue. On Monday night, the Dallas Cowboys chose to kneel in unison before the anthem.


Former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the protests when he chose not to stand during the anthem past year.

Roughly 180 players opted not to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner" during the NFL's Week 3, including three teams whose rosters did not come to the sidelines for the song.

The shift is the latest twist in a controversy that has divided the nation after President Donald Trump blasted players who took a knee during the anthem and said they should be fired.


Meanwhile, others have supported the NFL's players decision to protest due to the nature of some of President Trump's statements following the Charlottesville, Va. fiasco in which a vehicle from an alt-right member rammed into ANTIFA protestors, killing a woman.

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