ESPN Will Not Broadcast National Anthem During ‘Monday Night Football’

ESPN Will Not Televise the National Anthem During NFL Broadcasts

Monday Night Football: ESPN Will Not Air National Anthem During NFL Games

"Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem", Pitaro said.

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.

The national anthem had always been a staple of sports games until two years ago, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

The NFL made the anthem a point of interest during the offseason, but that hasn't curbed any protests.

President Donald Trump blasted the '$40,000,000 commissioner' of the NFL Roger Goodell for failing to stop the movement in his July tweet, which came a day after the NFL said it was indefinitely suspending it anthem rules.

He added: "Again that could change".

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Brennan, I see many people saying that this is nakedly political because he's a Trump critic". "There's no silence", Trump said. He continued: "I think he's abusing the powers of that office".

Pitaro was quoted at ESPN Football Media Day on Friday saying that the broadcasting network is not a "political organization". "We have communicated that back to the [NFL]".

"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. But the policy was later placed on hold after backlash.

The kneeling triggered fierce debates and criticism from Trump.

Dating back to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's decision to first take a knee during the anthem in 2016, players have described the protests as a means of bringing awareness to police brutality and racial inequality.

Many sports networks do not regularly broadcast the Anthem, but the choice to do so or not has become politically fraught after President Donald Trump has urged the National Football League to clamp down on the practice.

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