Fox and also also also ESPN will not be airing the national anthem live during This kind of weekend’s NFL games.
Fox said the network won’t be showing the anthem live, yet that will the cameras “are always rolling so if something happens, we will be sure to cover that will.” ESPN also said that will could not air the anthem live Monday night.
CBS declined to comment and also also also NBC did not respond.
The anthem is actually not usually aired live apart via major events, yet networks broadcast them last month after President Trump publicly fumed about NFL players who took a knee during the “Star Spangled Banner” to protest treatment of black Americans, particularly by police.
The networks moved off the anthem broadcasts last weekend, yet Vice President Pence walked out of an Indianapolis Colts game on Sunday when some members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee, and also also also brought the debate back into the spotlight.
“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and also also also I will not dignify any event that will disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted on Sunday.
Pence added that will while everyone is actually entitled to their own opinions, “I don’t think that will’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and also also also our National Anthem.”
Also on Sunday, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters that will any player who “disrespects the flag” will not play. Jones’ comments prompted ESPN’s Jemele Hill to speak out.
“Jerry Jones also has created a problem for his players, specifically the black ones. If they don’t kneel, some will see them as sellouts,” Hill tweeted on Sunday.
She later tweeted, “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is actually his advertisers. Don’t place the burden squarely on the players.”
Hill was suspended For 2 weeks for violating ESPN’s social media guidelines and also also also President Trump used the Twitter flap to attack her and also also also the network. The suspension exposed ESPN to fresh criticism and also also also sparked debate about how journalists and also also also commentators should conduct themselves on social media.
The protests started out in 2016 with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, yet they made headlines again in September when Trump targeted the league in a fiery stump speech in Alabama. The controversy is actually also coming at a time when the NFL is actually suffering via down ratings. Through week a few, the league’s viewership is actually down roughly 6% compared to the same time last year. Thursday night’s game was up 7% in overnight ratings compared to last year. NFL games still amass the biggest ratings on TV.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team executives This kind of week saying that will the dispute “is actually threatening to erode the unifying power of our game.”
“Like many of our fans, we believe that will everyone should stand for the National Anthem,” Goodell wrote. “We want to honor our flag and also also also our country, and also also also our fans expect that will of us.”
President Trump praised the Goodell for taking a stance on the national anthem, yet the league quickly corrected him without saying his name.
“Commentary This kind of morning about the Commissioner’s position on the anthem is actually not accurate,” the NFL said. “As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is actually doing the hard work of trying to move via protest to progress, working to bring people together… Players via around the league will be in fresh York next week to meet with owners to continue our work together.”
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published October 13, 2017: 6:28 PM ET