MNF Won't Show Anthem This Season — ESPN President

MNF Won't Show Anthem This Season — ESPN President

This fall's broadcasts of Monday Night Football will be a little less star-spangled: ESPN will not air the national anthem during NFL games.

"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think there's going to be any change this year".

He added: "Again that could change. They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are". "We're optimistic about not just about the next four years but for the long-term partnership".

ESPN pays about $2 billion per year for the right to broadcast Monday Night Football, according to the Associated Press.

Some exceptions were made to that policy.

Pitaro also noted that while ESPN is "not a political organization", if something newsworthy does take place during the anthem he expects it to be covered.

The question remains whether ESPN broadcasters will tell the audience who did, or did not protest the anthem when they come back from commercial.

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

Pitaro added that ESPN will cover instances where sports and politics intersect but emphasized that the World Wide Leader is not a political organization.

During the playing of the national anthem this preseason, several players opted to continue protesting - either by kneeling or raising a fist. This includes examples of a player taking a knee or the Eagles being disinvited from the White House.