The National Football League officially surrender to their protesting players on Wednesday, vowing to donate upwards of $100 million in an “unprecedented” move to appease athletes who choose to “take a knee” during the US national anthem.
According to ESPN, officials announced the decision this week; submitting a draft proposal that would allow players and owners to determine where the funds would be spent and how they would be administered.
“On Monday, the league submitted to players the final draft of a proposal that, according to documents reviewed by ESPN, would contribute nearly $100 million to causes considered important to African-American communities,” writes ESPN. “The NFL hopes this effort will effectively end the peaceful-yet-controversial movement that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started when he refused to stand for the national anthem last season.”
The NFL has struggled to regain its footing with furious fans abandoning the league in droves after protesting players disrespected the national anthem. As a result, television ratings have plummeted and stadiums remain largely empty throughout the country.
Current estimates say the NFL and television networks stand to lose upwards of $500 million as a result of the ongoing protests.