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NFL owners approve new national anthem policy, will fine teams that allow players to kneel

Update 4:52 p.m. ET: U.S. vice president Mike Pence has responded to the NFL decision on Twitter, using the hashtag #winning.

Donald Trump Jr. echoed Pence’s statement on Twitter, “STILL NOT SICK OF WINNING.”

Update 1:21 p.m. ET: The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued a statement on the new NFL policy:

“The NFL chose to not consult the union in the development of this new “policy.” NFL players have shown their patriotism through their social activism, their community service, in support of our military and law enforcement and yes, through their protests to raise awareness about the issues they care about.

“The vote by NFL club CEOs today contradicts the statements made to our player leadership by Commissioner Roger Goodell and the Chairman of the NFL’s Management Council John Mara about the principals, values and patriotism of our League.

Our union will review the new “policy” and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement.”

Original story: NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday regarding players who wish to kneel during the national anthem, according to a statement by the National Football League

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According to the NFL, individual teams will have the ability to fine players and other personnel who do not stand and, “show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

The change will go into effect for the upcoming season, according to the Washington Post.

Players who choose not to stand during the national anthem may stay in the locker room or off-field while it is being played. 

The official statement from the National Football League states:

“The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities. 

The membership also strongly believes that:

  1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  2. The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
  3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
  4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
  6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”

In an official statement on the NFL website, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote:

“The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFL’s ongoing commitment to local communities and our country — one that is extraordinary in its scope, resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society. 

The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress. 

It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case. 

This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.

We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it—and on our fans who enjoy it.”

B at the Movies

B at the Movies is back, all summer long! Join us for free family movies under the stars when we visit a park near you. The fun starts at 7:30pm with games, vendors and prizes until the movie showing at dusk.

B98.5 would like to thank our sponsors:

LGE Community Credit UnionMetro PCS, and LOUD Security.

Shawn Mendes Announces Global Arena Tour for 2019

Supporting the release of his self-titled third album, multi-platinum and chart-topping singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes will hit the road in 2019 on a global arena tour. “Shawn Mendes: The Tour” will mark his third global headline tour, following his sold out 2017 arena trek, kicking off on March 7, 2019 in Europe and running through the summer with 56 dates spanning across North America, the UK and Europe, and more dates to be announced later. Tickets will go on sale for the North America and European legs of the tour this month. For all tour dates and ticket info head to http://www.shawnmendesthetour.com.  

Fans will have access to presale tickets & VIP via the FirstAccess & General Fan Presales, and are available to all ShawnAccess members by signing up for free through the ShawnAccess App in the App Store, Google Play or at ShawnAccess.com.

For North America, fans can get a presale code by downloading the app & registering for the Ticketmaster Verified Fan® Presale before 10am ET on Friday, May 11th. Once registered and verified, a presale code for the FirstAccess & General Fan Presale will be sent by Ticketmaster before the presale begins. 

The FirstAccess Presale is the first chance to get presale tickets & VIP packages to the tour by simply adding a ShawnAccess Passport to your order at checkout. When you purchase a passport as part of the FirstAccess Presale, you will have priority access to the best seating locations at your show. The General Fan Presale will also be available to all ShawnAccess members, and provides members early access to tickets & VIP Packages still ahead of the Public Onsale.

There is also a Merch Presale (North America only) for any purchasers of official merchandise + album bundles ordered at shop.shawnmendesofficial.com.

For select dates, American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Saturday, May 12th 10AM local through Friday, May 18th 10PM local. 

All tickets purchased in US and Canada include a copy of Shawn Mendes' upcoming self-titled album, which will be released via Island Records on May 25th. 

Shawn’s highly anticipated, self-titled third album will be out on May 25th via Island Records. The album follows 2016’s double platinum Illuminate which spawned 3 Top 10 radio hits, and 2014’s Handwritten which included the 7x platinum smash #1 single “Stitches,” both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan,” the first two tracks off the upcoming album, released to rave reviews and received critical acclaim from outlets including Rolling StoneBillboardthe New York Times and Variety. Both tracks have already experienced massive success, soaring to the #1 and #2 spots on the overall iTunes chart in the U.S, Top 5 on iTunes in 50 countries, and holding the #1 and #2 spots on Spotify’s “New Music Friday” playlist. The newly released third song off of the album, “Youth” featuring Khalid has already reached #1 on iTunes in the US. Additional yet-to-be-released tracks on the album include "Fallin' All In You" (co-written by Ed Sheeran), “Particular Taste” (co-written by Ryan Tedder), and "Like To Be You” featuring Julia Michaels who co-wrote the song; the song also features a guitar solo from John Mayer, who produced the track.  For Tickets & Info: http://www.shawnmendesthetour.com

Check out Mendes' forthcoming tour dates below.

"Shawn Mendes: The Tour" Dates 2019     

06/12/2019 - Portland, OR - Moda Center06/14/2019 - Vancouver, BC - Rogers Arena06/16/2019 - Edmonton, AB - Rogers Place06/19/2019 - Winnipeg, MB - Bell MTS Place06/21/2019 - St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center06/22/2019 - Des Moines, IA - Wells Fargo Arena06/27/2019 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena06/30/2019 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center07/02/2019 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center07/05/2019 - Los Angeles, CA - Staples Center07/08/2019 - San Diego, CA - Valley View Casino Center07/09/2019 - Glendale, AZ - Gila River Arena07/11/2019 - Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center07/13/2019 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena07/16/2019 - Salt Lake City, UT - Vivant Smart Home Arena 07/19/2019 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center07/20/2019 - Tulsa, OK - BOK Center 07/22/2019 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 07/23/2019 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center07/25/2019 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center07/27/2019 - Tampa, FL - Amalie Arena 07/28/2019 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena07/30/2019 - Orlando, FL - Amway Center07/31/2019 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena08/02/2019 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena08/05/2019 - Detroit, MI - Little Caesars Arena08/06/2019 - Pittsburgh, PA - PPG Paints Arena08/10/2019 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center08/13/2019 - Washington, DC - Capital One Center08/15/2019 - Boston, MA - TD Garden08/21/2019 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre08/24/2019 - Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center

  

North American Dates: FirstAccess Fan Presale and Amex Presale 5/12 at 10am local, General Fan Presale 10am local on 5/13, Merch Presale 12pm local on 5/13, Public Onsale 10am local on 5/19

Smothered & Covered for a Cause with B98.5

B98.5 is getting smothered and covered… for a cause! Tad, Drex and Madison will be at the Waffle House on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, Thursday May 17 from 7am-4pm, serving up your favorite foods to benefit Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s wife announces birth of baby girl

There’s a new Earnhardt on the racing scene.

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Amy Earnhardt announced the birth of Isla Rose Earnhardt on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“She’s finally here!” the wife of former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. tweeted. “It feels like a dream. The best dream ever.”

It is the first child for the couple.

Dale Jr. has been busy since retiring from active racing, working as an analyst for NBC Sports Network’s “NASCAR America.” Before that, he covered the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics for NBC.

The baby was due May 2, but arrived a day early. Had she been born on April 29, she would have shared a birthday with her grandfather, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., 43, and the former Amy Riemann, 36, were married on Dec. 31, 2016.

Cinco de Mayo: Five things you didn’t know

Cinco de Mayo is upon us. Many will be celebrating the holiday with margaritas and Mexican food.

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Here are five facts about the Mexican holiday that you can use to impress your friends:

1) Despite a common misconception, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. The holiday celebrates the  Battle of Puebla , where, against all odds, the Mexicans made a stand against an invading French army in 1862.

2) Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the United States than it is in Mexico, with the exception of the city of Puebla. Mexico holds more of a celebration on its  Independence Day, September 16, than it does on Cinco de Mayo.

3) The holiday means big business for the avocado industry. The  California Avocado Commission says that Americans consume around 81 million avocados during Cinco de Mayo.

4) Chandler, Arizona, has a unique way of celebrating Cinco de Mayo. It hosts a Chihuahua race every year.

>>  Quiz: How much do you know about Cinco de Mayo?

5) The 2010 U.S. Census estimates that about 31.8 million U.S. residents are of Mexican origin. The largest concentration of Mexican-Americans is in Los Angeles, the city that holds the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the U.S.

Celebrate National Concert Week

To celebrate we are giving you the chance to win a pair of tickets to one of the shows of your choice on the National Concert Week list! Listen to Tad & Drex Mornings all week long for your chance to win.

Get your AJC Peachtree Road Race Registration!

Get your Peachtree Road Race registration thanks to Tad, Drex and The Atlanta Journal Constitution! Listen all week for your chance to win. 

The AJC Peachtree Road Race is on July 4 and starts in Buckhead near Lenox Square Mall and ends in Piedmont Park. Get more info now at AJC.com

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