As if this NFL and national anthem controversy couldn’t extend any more into the next season after year of back and forth with the president, commissioner, owners and players — ESPN is taking their own stance on the situation.
Next season, the network will not be broadcasting the anthem on any of their Monday Night Football games, according to network President Jimmy Pitaro.
Last season, ESPN only broadcast the anthem three times.
“We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don’t think that will change this year. Our plan going into this year is to not broadcast the anthem. Again that could change. It’s unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we’re not. We have communicated that back to the NFL. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are.”
Their reasoning is that they want to allow more time for analysis before the game.
We’ll see how it all plays out this season, with the league breathing down the necks of franchises, the president one tweet away from stirring up controversy and players on the verge of revolting.