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ESPN announce that they won't broadcast the anthem before Monday Night Football

ESPN announce that they won't broadcast the anthem before Monday Night Football

ESPN will largely avoid broadcasting the playing of the National Anthem during "Monday Night Football", continuing a practice it has followed in past seasons even as controversy has swirled around that element of NFL games.

Via Axios.com reporter Sara Fischer, Pitaro said it isn't a hard-and-fast decision.

"Again, there could be changes".

After showing the national anthem before games in the past, the "Monday Night Football" production team decided not to do so a year ago.




Back in May, the NFL decided that teams would be fined if players didn't stand during the national anthem while on the field, and that each team is free to develop their own rules regarding players and personnel who protest on the field during the national anthem.

Stephanie Druley, ESPN's senior vice president of event and studio production, said the network showed the national anthem three times previous year: following Hurricane Harvey's devastation, the Las Vegas massacre and President Trump's comments on the national anthem protests. "They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are". Last month, the league, in a joint statement with the NFL Players Association, announced that it was suspending-for now- that recently adopted policy of fining or suspending players who don't stand "at respect" for the national anthem, pending further review.

Pitaro added that ESPN will cover instances where sports and politics intersect but emphasized that the World Wide Leader is not a political organization. Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump capitalized on the ensuing firestorm and has railed against the protests ever since. Pitaro said that ESPN does not see itself as a political organization.

"We are the place of record for sports when something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited to the White House, we are going to cover that".