http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/21109858/extension-roger-goodell-delayed-national-anthem-issue

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The debate over NFL player protests during the national anthem has become so big within the league that it has delayed the completion of commissioner Roger Goodell's contract extension, league sources told ESPN. Goodell's deal is still expected to be completed and has been papered, sources told ESPN, but the process has been slowed while the overwhelming majority of the NFL's attention has been diverted to handling the anthem issue, which has affected TV ratings, merchandise sales and the country's feelings about football. -. Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings that while owners believe players should stand during the anthem, their focus is on the underlying issues. Full story

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