Heard but NOT seen: Why are NFL fans not being seen on TV booing players’ national anthem protests?

Thursday, September 28, 2017
By Paul Martin

Fans could be heard booing at various NFL games, but television broadcasts mostly relegated those spectators to the background if they showed them at all
One ‘behind-the-scenes TV staffer’ claimed camera operators were instructed to not shoot any jeering spectators during Week 3
NFL spokesman calls accusation ‘fake news,’ adding that the league ‘did not have conversations with the networks about how to cover the anthems’
CBS spokesman said there was ‘no directive given to not show the fans’
President Donald Trump claimed the boos directed at the protesting Dallas Cowboys and owner Jerry Jones were the ‘loudest’ he had ever heard

By Alex Raskin Sports News Editor
28 September 2017

NFL fans could be heard booing as hundreds of players protested during the national anthem over Week 3, but the spectators’ presence was conspicuously absent from television coverage.

A ‘behind-the-scenes TV staffer’ at one NFL stadium told Sporting News that camera operators were told not to shoot the jeering crowd.

An NFL spokesman described the accusation as ‘fake news,’ adding that the league ‘did not have conversations with the networks about how to cover the anthems.’

CBS spokeswoman Jennifer Sabatelle also denied the accusation to SN: ‘The anthem was covered by each crew in their own way, with many choosing to stay with what was happening on the field. There was no directive given to not show the fans.’

Anthems are not typically broadcast during the regular season. But, after President Donald Trump condemned the protests in speeches and on Twitter for the better part of the weekend, networks opted to broadcast ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ throughout Week 3.

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