ESPN still won't show national anthem on Monday Night Football

Ruben Ruiz
August 18, 2018

"ESPN is not a political organization", Pitaro said.

National anthem protests are once again expected to be a big topic of discussion across the NFL this season, but ESPN is making an effort to keep the focus on football during its broadcasts.

"ESPN is NOT a political organization".

Pitaro, who was hired on March 15 following the resignation of John Skipper, shared that the network had not previously shown the anthem and did not plan to start doing so, Axios.com reports. "We have communicated that back to the [NFL]". "It's not our job to cover politics, purely, but we'll cover the intersection of sports and politics".

He continued to explain that the network covered things that were "newsworthy".

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In May, the National Football League passed a policy that gives any players who want to protest the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem, or be fined if they continue to protest on the field. "They have not asked but as courtesy and good partners we have let them know what our plans are".

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.

The NFL and NFLPA are negotiating an anthem policy after protests drew the ire of President Donald Trump. When someone takes a knee and we think it's newsworthy we're going to cover it. However, the policy was put on hold as the NFL and NFL Players' Association negotiated the strategy.

"We are the place of record for sports when something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited to the White House, we are going to cover that".

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.

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