National Basketball Association Reminds Teams of Its Anthem Rule

As the start of the NBA season looms near, deputy commissioner Mark Tatum sent a memorandum to all NBA owners, presidents, and managers reminding teams of the NBA’s decades long rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem.  The memo encouraged discussions with players to hear their thoughts on the topic, and provided suggestions for ways for teams to foster unity by engaging with their fans and communities. The memo also indicated that the league office will decide how to handle an instance where a player, trainer, etc. does not stand for the anthem.