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

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

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.

According to reporter Sara Fischer, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro made the announcement today saying that, while things could change, the current plan is not to air the anthem.

"Again that could change", Pitaro added.

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'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 Worldwide Leader won't show the national anthem before games. Broadcast teams will likely make exceptions as news dictates, he added.

First, for the season-opening game, which was held on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks; again in Week 3, a week in which players across the league protested during the anthem in response to US president Donald Trump's comments at a rally; and also in Week 4, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.

The question remains whether ESPN broadcasters will tell the audience who did, or did not protest the anthem when they come back from commercial.

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The New York Times also reported the network's plan, adding that ESPN said the National Football League didn't pressure it on the decision.

When asked what the most inaccurate perception of ESPN is, Pitaro said it was branding the network a "political organization".

ESPN senior vice president Stephanie Druley said, "We've seen the data from our fans that they like the game and that's what they want".

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