ESPN’s New Solution To Losing Viewers Over NFL Kneeling Is Really Lame

Rather than stopping the National Anthem protests, they just won’t show the National Anthem on some networks. It’s a pretty stupid fix for a much bigger problem.

The Washington Examiner reports:

Fox and ESPN won’t air national anthem live during this weekend’s NFL games

Fox and ESPN do not plan to air the national anthem live during this weekend’s and Monday night’s games.

The networks don’t usually air the pre-game ritual live except during major events, but began showing it after President Trump lashed out against players who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, CNN reported.

Networks did not broadcast the anthem last week, but Vice President Mike Pence pushed the controversy back into the forefront when he left the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game Sunday when several 49ers kneeled during the anthem.

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Trump has since said he is “proud” of his vice president for leaving.

Here’s more from CNN:

Fox and ESPN will not be airing the national anthem live during this weekend’s NFL games.

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Fox said the network won’t be showing the anthem live, but that the cameras “are always rolling so if something happens, we will be sure to cover it.” ESPN also said it would not air the anthem live Monday night.

CBS declined to comment and NBC did not respond.

This won’t help the NFL with their ratings problem at all.


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