The plan at ESPN was not to air the national anthem during its Monday Night Football broadcast but in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the network formerly known for sports has decided to show the anthem and the planned moment of silence before the Washington Redskins take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
ESPN had already made the decision that the patriotic moment before the game would not be televised. The only other times that decision was overruled was for the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks and last week in response to President Trump calling out the NFL players for disrespecting the country.
From The Washington Post:
Although “MNF” has shown the anthem in previous seasons, the production team decided to make a change this year, even as the idea of protests were looming, to use the time to highlight matchups and story lines, a network source said. The network did not carry the anthem preceding the Sept. 18 game between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants.
On Sunday night, Fox Sports didn’t air the national anthem during its football broadcast. The network did note that their “cameras are always rolling” and that they would “document the response of players and coaches on the field.”
It remains to be seen if the players and coaches will continue protesting and kneel tonight given the national tragedy.