ESPN announce that they won’t broadcast the anthem before Monday Night Football

Saturday, August 18, 2018
By Paul Martin

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro shared the news with reporters at a media event at the company’s campus in Bristol, Connecticut, on Friday
Pitaro shared that the network had not previously shown the anthem and did not plan to start doing so
In 2017, the anthem was shown at three games – for moment of silences for the hurricane and the Las Vegas shooting along for the 16th anniversary of 9/11
The president added that ESPN was not a political organization but assured that politics would be covered as they pertained to sports

By MATTHEW WRIGHT
DAILYMAIL.COM
17 August 2018

The new president of ESPN announced on Friday that the network would no longer televise the national anthem during Monday Night Football this season.

ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro shared the news with reporters at a media event at the company’s campus in Bristol, Connecticut.

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.

He further clarified that ESPN was not a political organization but assured that politics would be covered as they pertained to sports.

‘It’s not our job to cover politics, purely, but we’ll cover the intersection of sports & politics,’ he said.

‘When something happens, when the Eagles disinvited from White House, or when someone takes a knee, if we think newsworthy were going to cover it.’

The network currently shows regular season games for Monday Night Football, a wild-card round and the Pro-Bowl.

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