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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.

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.”

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.

KENNY CHESNEY COMING TO HOUSTON!

Did you hear the exciting news?! Kenny Chesney is making his way to Houston on May 17, 2018 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and they are bringing along Old Dominion for the ride!

This will for sure be a great show, so be sure to listen to The New 93Q to win your way in!

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade star lineup announced

Big-named stars will headlining this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for 2017.

Jimmy Fallon, Smokey Robinson, Wyclef Jean and Leslie Odom, Jr. will be joining 98 Degrees and the Goo Goo Dolls for the annual New York City spectacular, People reported.

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Broadway will also highlight new shows like “Anastasia,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Once on This Island” and “Spongebob Squarepants.”

Don’t forget about the massive balloons the parade is known for.

This year Olaf will join the parade, along with Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

Photos: Target’s hot holiday toys for 2017

What toys will be on your children’s holiday lists? Target says these are the hot toys this year.

CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow

Join The New 93Q for the 33rd Annual Wings Over Houston Airshow. 

Headliner performers are the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds! Be sure to purchase tickets here and take advantage of the discount extended until September 30th! 

The CAF Wings Over Houston Airshow is an IRC 501(c)(3) community event presented by the volunteer efforts of the Houston Wing, Gulf Coast Wing , and Tora! Tora! Tora! of the Commemorative Air Force, with support from the Lone Star Flight Museum, Texas Flying Legends MuseumCollings Foundation-Houston based at Ellington Airport, and the Vietnam War Flight Museum. One of the top air shows in the United States, this premier Houston event is dedicated to showcasing vintage World War II aircraft, along with the thrills of modern aviation, and has supported a variety of local and national charities during its 30-year history.

For more information, visit www.wingsoverhouston.com 

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CCA Cancelled Due to Hurricane Harvey

The 6th Annual CCA Concert for Conservation has been cancelled on September 9th at Sam Houston Race Park. Please see below statement from Sam Houston Race Park.

“Amid the devastation caused to the greater Houston area, as well as the entire Texas coast, Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) has decided to cancel this years’ CCA Texas Concert for Conservation planned for September 9th.

It is at this time we feel as if there are more important points of focus in the lives and minds of Houstonians and all of those affected by this tragic event. We also would like to take this time to thank our first responders and give appreciation to all of those who are helping, donating, and caring for their neighbors in a time of need. It is because of the courage and resilience of our community and it’s citizens that we are confident that Houston will rebound strongly.”

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Eric Church Reschedules TX concert for 2018

Eric Church has rescheduled his Houston concert date from September 8th to April 27th at the Woodlands Pavilion. If you won tickets on 93Q, you will pick up tickets the week of the show starting on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 9a-5p.

Live Nation Houston sent out the below the following statement:

“In light of the extensive devastation throughout the state of Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Eric Church is postponing shows in Austin on Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Austin360 Amphitheater and in Woodlands, Texas on Friday, Sept. 8 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion; the rescheduled dates are slated for April 28th and April 27th, respectively. "There is a time and place for everything, and we really feel that now is not the time for us to play in Texas," says Church. "We are regretfully postponing both performances. I look forward to seeing everyone at the rescheduled concerts next year. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all." To contribute to the ongoing recovery efforts, Church will be designating both rescheduled shows as benefits for those impacted by the storm with ticket proceeds from the concerts going directly to Houston relief charities.Additionally, Church is inviting first responders that have, and continue to, work tirelessly to aid those that have been affected by the storm to be his guests April 27th and 28th. Details on how to obtain tickets will be announced soon.Current ticket holders that cannot attend the rescheduled April dates will be able to receive a refund for their ticket(s) at the original point of purchase.”

Stay safe, Houston.

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