NBA memo urges teams to stand for the national anthem

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NBA memo urges teams to stand for the national anthem. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 9 a.m. on September 30, 2017. (WPVI)

The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.

A memo was sent to teams yesterday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem.

The memo added that teams do not have the discretion to waive the rule.

The news comes after several NFL teams staged peaceful protests during the playing of the national anthem during games last week.

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