DirecTV offering refunds to National Football League fans upset by protests during anthem

Isaac Brekken

Isaac Brekken

Satellite service provider DirecTV is offering subscribers of the NFL Sunday Ticket a refund for those who are angry over players protesting the national anthem.

The Sunday Ticket package costs roughly $280 per season. According to their support site, no cancellations are allowed once the regular football season starts.

Subscribers who wish to cancel their NFL Sunday Ticket package may do so if they cite the players' protest as the reason, DirecTV customer service representatives told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Although, a spokesman for AT&T - which owns DirecTV - would neither confirm or deny, per Rovell.

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In response to President Donald Trump's comments against national anthem protesters at a rally last Friday, many NFL players chose to attempt to make a statement against him.

"I honestly didn't think I'd get a refund", Hoffman said.

According to Fox Business, Sunday Ticket earns $1.5 billion in licensing revenue for the National Football League and draws a large number of customers to DirecTV.

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AT&T, DirecTV's parent company, did not respond to messages left by USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

The league responded with some teams standing with arms locked, while some teams stayed in the locker room during the anthem. He has called on people to walk out of stadiums when players are kneeling, and has continued to express his displeasure over the protests. The agent noted that typically once the season starts on September 10th, customers aren't able to cancel the package, "but due to the protest, they have extended the grace period". While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was not among them, he took part in a demonstration before the nationally televised Monday night game.

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