ESPN won’t televise national anthem during MNF


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

The news comes as the NFL the players' union work to announce a season policy for kneeling after the league backtracked on an order that players must stand at attention during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner or remain in the locker room.

Pitaro was asked by a reporter if he spoke to the NFL about the rule changes and the national anthem and if he would consider "turning the cameras on an athlete that's kneeling for the anthem".

"We generally have not not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year", Pataro said at ESPN Football media day, according to Axios' Sara Fischer. "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". "We have communicated that back to the [NFL]".

The NFL sought to end the controversy over national anthem protests by imposing a policy earlier this year that would prevent players from protesting.

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"It's not our job to cover politics, purely, but we'll cover the intersection of sports and politics", Pitaro said.

President Jimmy Pitaro announced the change during a press event on Friday, adding that exceptions could be made throughout the season.

"We want to be in business with the National Football League and I believe they want to be in business with us".

That's one way to avoid the attention, at least until the President decides to start tweeting at ESPN about how unpatriotic they are because he knows it riles up the people he wants riled.