Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

MNF Won't Show Anthem This Season — ESPN President

MNF Won't Show Anthem This Season — ESPN President

According to Sara Fischer of Axios.com via Pro Football Talk, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro has announced that his network will not broadcast the anthem this year.

"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year".

"Again, there could be changes. When something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited from the White House, when someone takes a knee, when we think it's newsworthy we're going to cover it".

"ESPN is not a political organization".

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MNF started including the anthem as a regular part of its broadcasts a few seasons ago, but stopped doing so last season other than a select few occasions. "They have not asked but we proactively just as a courtesy and as good partners let them know what our plans are", he continued.

The first ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast of the 2018-19 NFL season will be a double-header on September 10. "We're optimistic about not just about the next four years but for the long-term partnership". Some players continue to protest.

Once a rote part of many athletic events, the Anthem has become a polarizing aspect of National Football League games, as some players choose to kneel to protest treatment of African-Americans in the U.S.

Trump last week called for players who protest during the anthem to be suspended, claiming they "wanted to show their "outrage" at something that majority are unable to define". "We are always going to cover the intersection between sports and politics", he said. 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.

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