It’s incredible how the NFL has changed so radically in just the past two years, ever since former player Colin Kaepernick took that first knee during the National Anthem, the sport has not been the same. And the rating have proven it, as they likely will again this year as millions of patriotic Americans tune out.
That may especially be true after two more major networks who carry the sport, CBS and Fox, just announced something similar to what ESPN did earlier this week — they’re they’re no longer going to air the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Sickening.
Just hours after President Trump unloaded on ESPN for refusing to air the US national anthem during a recent NFL game, other networks confirmed their plan to deploy a similar strategy to appease furious fans.
According to USA Today, both CBS and NBC are planning to totally cut or reduce air-time for the performance of the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ during upcoming match-ups; saying they “do not plan to televise” the pre-game ceremony.
“On occasion, we’ve covered the national anthem, but our plans aren’t finalized yet as we have an earlier kickoff time in 2018,” said a spokesperson for NBC Sports.
The President unloaded on ESPN during Wednesday night’s fiery rally in West Virginia, saying “we don’t like” the new policy.
“You’re proud of our country, you’re proud of our history, and unlike the NFL, you always honor and cherish our great American flag,” Trump said. “It was just announced by ESPN that rather than defending our anthem, our beautiful, beautiful national anthem and defending our flag, they’ve decided that they just won’t broadcast when they play the national anthem. We don’t like that.”
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