15 yards for kneeling? NFL owners mull penalty for Anthem protests
- Atlanta (CNN) - As NFL owners work to conclude their spring meeting Wednesday in Atlanta, a big question remains: How will teams respond if players protest during the National Anthem?
- However, citing unnamed sources, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, as well as writers at ESPN, say NFL owners have considered new approaches, including leaving it up to home teams to decide whether players take the field before the National Anthem is played.
- Scores of players have joined in silent protests, initiated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the 2016 NFL season, to draw attention to what many describe as the systemic oppression of people of color, including by police.
- The conversations come as two free-agent players, Kaepernick and Eric Reid, have filed separate grievances against the league, citing collusion in denying them jobs.
- Kaepernick and Reid both kneeled during the National Anthem when they were 49ers teammates, and Reid continued his protest last season.
Salesforce: Sales teams are increasingly bullish on AI
- It’s chock full of interesting facts and figures, but one of the biggest takeaways is that artificial intelligence — specifically as it relates to opportunity insights, lead prioritization, and guided selling — is gaining slow but steady ground in the sales industry, and sales teams expect it to become pervasive by 2020.
- Nearly half of all salespeople surveyed said that AI has a role to play in guided selling capabilities, like opportunity rankings (i.e., highlighting customers with high sales potential) and suggested next steps (tips and ideas to help clinch a deal).
- In fact, Salesforce says that 76 percent of teams using AI have increased the size of their staff since 2015.
- Only 46 percent of sales representatives surveyed said they receive data insights into customers’ propensity to buy, and just 34 percent said they have intelligent forecasting and/or get alerts to key actions on opportunities.
NFL owners are discussing how to handle players who kneel during the anthem and one radical idea would include 15-yard penalties
- It's no surprise that the league would want to address the issue, as the NFL would much prefer to remain apolitical rather than go through the media firestorm that unfolded last season.
- Colin Kaepernick garnered national attention for his protests two seasons ago, kneeling during the anthem to bring attention to issues including police brutality and racial inequality in the justice system.
- While Kaepernick was out of the league in 2017, protests of a similar nature became more common across the NFL, with players including Michael Bennett and Marshawn Lynch taking part.
- The storm around the league began after President Donald Trump suggested that players that kneel for the national anthem should be fired.
- Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the league, arguing that it was his decision to kneel, rather than his talent level as a player, that kept him out of the league, and recent information suggests that multiple teams did, in fact, view him as a starting-caliber quarterback.
Slack's latest update may seem small, but it could make your work day way more efficient
- On Tuesday, the workplace messaging tool launched Actions, a new feature that lets Slack users engage with other business applications like Atlassian, Zendesk, and HubSpot without leaving the Slack interface.
- It's through alliances like this, which Slack has brokered with some of the most popular office software companies, that the company is enabling people to have a single continuous workflow within the Slack platform.
- If you bought hardware or software from a vendor like Oracle, for example, you could only use their products.
- And since many enterprise tech contracts involved thousands of dollars investments, companies were hesitant to switch vendors just to get a specific piece of software.
- While companies don't need to have a partnership with Slack to build an application or Action integration, it is up to system administrators to enable the tools for their staffs.
Here's what time the Champions League final starts where you live — and how you can watch it live online
- Real Madrid C.F. takes on Liverpool F.C. in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final later this month.
- The match marks the conclusion of an epic European season as Real, the defending champion, meets Liverpool at the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine.
- The 2018 UEFA Champions League final kicks off on Saturday May 26 and will take place at Ukraine's Olympic Stadium, the country's premier sports venue.
- Combined, Real Madrid and Liverpool have been responsible for 70 goals from the 12 Champions League games they each played en route to this season's final.
- Liverpool, like Real, has its own match-winner in Mohamed Salah — a right-sided forward who has scored ten times in Europe so far.
- Even attacking midfielder Sadio Mané is close to joining Firmino and Salah on double figures, as he has nine Champions League goals so far this season.