ESPN won't air national anthem in Monday Night Football

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Many sports networks do not regularly broadcast the Anthem, but the choice to do so or not has become politically fraught after President Donald Trump has urged the National Football League to clamp down on the practice.

ESPN showed the anthem three times last season.

"That we're a political organization because we are not".

Back in May, the NFL decided that teams would be fined if players didn't stand during the national anthem while on the field, and that each team is free to develop their own rules regarding players and personnel who protest on the field during the national anthem.

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Stephanie Druley, ESPN's senior vice president of event and studio production, said the network showed the national anthem three times a year ago: following Hurricane Harvey's devastation, the Las Vegas massacre and President Trump's comments on the national anthem protests.

ESPN pays about $2 billion per year for the right to broadcast Monday Night Football, according to the Associated Press.

He continued to explain that the network covered things that were "newsworthy". It's not our job to politics, purely, but we'll cover the intersection of sports & politics.

Regarding the coverage of controversy surrouding players protests and the anthem, Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president of event and studio production, said, "We've seen the data from our fans that they like the game and that's what they want. We're optimistic about not just about the next four years but for the long-term partnership". "When something happens, when Eagles are disinvited from White House, when someone takes a knee, if we think newsworthy were going to cover it". Until further notice, though, the anthem will not be shown during MNF as it has been in the past. However, the policy was put on hold as the NFL and NFL Players' Association negotiated the strategy.

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