ESPN won't air national anthem before 'MNF' games

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This fall's broadcasts of Monday Night Football will be a little less star-spangled: ESPN will not air the national anthem during NFL games.

Via reporter Sara Fischer, Pitaro said it isn't a hard-and-fast decision. "Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem. again that could change". "When something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited from White House, or when someone takes a knee, if we think newsworthy we're going to cover it".

The Worldwide Leader won't show the national anthem before games. We have communicated that back to the NFL. "They have not asked but we proactively just as a courtesy and as good partners let them know what our plans are", he continued.

Druley added that the network only aired the anthem three times past year: for a moment of silence for a hurricane, the Las Vegas shooting and a moment of silence for the 16th anniversary of 9/11.

The New York Times also reported the network's plan, adding that ESPN said the National Football League didn't pressure it on the decision.

He further clarified that ESPN was not a political organization but assured that politics would be covered as they pertained to sports.

"We've seen the data from our fans that they like the game and that's what they want", added ESPN senior vice president of event and studio production Stephanie Druley.

There have been rules in place by certain teams to prevent players from kneeling on the field, as some organizations have stated that they prefer the players that don't want to stand for the anthem to stay in the locker room until game time.

In any event, it appears ESPN isn't waiting for the National Football League and NFLPA to come up with their joint policy on anthem protesting.



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