President Trump doesn’t like ESPN’s decision to go back to not showing the national anthem

Add ESPN and network president Jimmy Pitaro to the list of people Donald Trump dislikes due to Trump’s feelings about the national anthem. If we are keeping track that list includes: ESPN, NFL players, the NFLPA, the NFL, and certain owners. That list does not include our second favorite anthem fan, Jerry Jones.

ESPN announced something they simply didn’t have to announce. Pitaro told reporters that the national anthem will not be shown prior to every Monday Night Football broadcast. The reason is pretty simple and clear: they have historically not shown the national anthem prior to every Monday Night Football broadcast. Yes, they’ve shown the signing of the anthem in some cases, but most of the time it was not aired on television. This is the standard operating procedure. ESPN isn’t trying to be disrespectful to the flag — as one side sees it — and they aren’t silencing players protests and kowtowing to the NFL — as the other side sees it. This isn’t ESPN furthering its liberal agenda — I can already see the tweets — and it isn’t some corporation silencing social commentary. This is the historic standard.

Let’s go over the quick history lesson again since it never really sticks. The NFL didn’t even have players on the field for the anthem prior to 2009. After that, players were brought out as essentially marketing material. The United States government and department of defense were in a marketing partnership with the NFL to help recruitment. The NFL gladly took their money — they eventually apologized and gave some back which is nice, I guess — and brought the players out for anthem as part of the deal.

Sure, there were pictures on TV of the players during the anthem. The shots were mostly shown going into commercial or used in cut up footage, but the entire anthem historically has not been televised unless there was a national tragedy or patriotic event/date.

Now we live in a different time, but ESPN is going back to the way it always used to do things. They can use the time during the anthem for promo packages, commercials, and cross-promotion like it did back in the day. A normal regular season game isn’t the Super Bowl. There’s not a ton of pageantry involved in airing a Week 7 game.

So to review, the players used to not be on the field during the anthem prior to 2009 and television rights holders rarely aired the anthem in the first place. Facts are hard sometimes. ESPN is simply doing what it always did.


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