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National anthem protests take center stage when NFL players, owners meet this week

NEW YORK - It's ultra-rare for NFL players to participate in the annual fall meetings of the league's owners, but these are unusual times.

A group of players, their union's leader, and Commissioner Roger Goodell will join team owners Tuesday before the regularly scheduled meetings at the Conrad Hotel to discuss the national anthem controversy created by players kneeling to protest racial inequality. The NFL wants to hear the concerns of the players while not further alienating fans, and

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