GAME OVER: Major Networks to ABANDON NATIONAL ANTHEM During NFL's 2018 Season

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Is ESPN no longer playing the national anthem before Monday Night Football? "We have communicated that back to the NFL", Pitaro said.

Trump said that this was "spineless surrender to the politically correct liberal mob".

ESPN did not air the national anthem during last season's "Monday Night Football" broadcasts, a similar approach that CBS has taken in the past and plans to do so this season, according to the USA Today Sports.

"It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our lovely attractive handsome national anthem, and defending our flag, they've decided they they just won't broadcast when they play the national anthem".

"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem, and I don't think that will change this year", ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said last week in his announcement.

USA Today's Tom Schad recently questioned representatives from the NFL's other broadcast partners, to find out their plans for how to handle the anthem controversy. NBC Sports said the network hadn't finalized any plans yet.

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It was the first person to sign this petition.

- Contemptor (@TheContemptor) August 21, 2018Today, Donald Trump sent out a petition to "tell ESPN to play America's anthem" to his email list. Again, that could change.

Regardless if the Anthem is shown live or not, cameras will still be rolling and the many media outlets combined with camera phones will always catch when a player is on the field doing anything besides standing at attention. "It's unpredictable what could happen in the world, but as of now, we're not". "Now I need you to follow me lead and be the second".

Bowing to the Trump pressure and assumed ratings decline of last season, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a new national anthem policy for the 2018 season this spring that would require players and league personnel on the sideline to stand but give them the option to remain in the locker room if they don't want to stand.

The NFL owners enacted a new policy that required players to stand during the national anthem or remain in the locker room in an attempt to squash the issue, but put that policy on hold after the NFLPA pushed back over vague punishment standards. Fox Sports has reportedly chose to only air the national anthem during special broadcasts - like Veterans Day.

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