It's a discussion that is quietly involving the National Basketball Association players' union and the league itself.
US President Donald Trump, who last week called for the NFL to sack players taking a knee in protest at the treatment of African-Americans by police, Tweeted on Tuesday that football needed to update its rules.
There is one significant difference, however, between the two leagues: the NFL has no rule about what players should do during the anthem. "The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can't kneel during our National Anthem!", Trump wrote. When asked how he would handle a player choosing to sit or kneel, he stated that he would address the situation at the time.
"It's disheartening to me to see so much disunity in our society".
The discussion about the anthem overshadowed several changes the league made during its annual preseason gathering.
Both changes were widely expected to pass, thanks to backing from the league office, and did so easily. Previously, the team with the worst record had a 25 percent chance at the top pick.
Also with the lottery change comes an increase to four from three when determining the number of picks each teams gets.
What you will not see at the National Basketball Association games, at least certainly not near the same levels, is the booing that took place at some NFL games last weekend.
Said Silver: "It is my hope, though, that N.B.A. players, given the platform that they have, whether it's the regular engagement they have with the media, whether it's social media, whether it's other opportunities they have to work in the communities, that they have those opportunities for their voices to be heard". In addition, teams that choose to actively rest healthy players for large stretches of the season - like the Phoenix Suns did previous year with guard Eric Bledsoe - could also face league discipline.