Just like NFL owners and NFL advertisers, FOX Sports is trying to chart a way out of the controversy caused by the National Anthem protests being made by overpaid sports talents. The backlash from the fan base has been very intense. When you are providing an entertainment, you do NOT want to upset the ticket buyers and attendees.
That is what the protests have done, and to the max. FOX wants to get off the hook and not be a part of this. They think the best way to handle it is to just avoid it and not broadcast it. That may work as the protestors will not get air time. It is a shame that the Flag and National Anthem will be disrespected on the QT. What do you think of their reasoning?
As Written By Emily Zanotti for the Daily Wire:
Fox Sports will not air any live coverage of the national anthem during its Sunday football broadcasts.
The decision came from Fox Sports President Eric Shanks, who claims the network makes it a policy to avoid airing any pre-game ceremonies live because of an agreement with their sponsors.
“The standard procedure is not to show [the anthem] because of the way the commercial format works and the timing of the anthem to get to the kickoff,” Shanks told media. “So I think we’re going to pay attention to events.
On Sunday, Fox released another statement, saying they would broadcast both The Star Spangled Banner and God Save the Queen from a game taking place in London, but would not show the anthem in any U.S. games:
As we have in previous broadcasts of NFL games from London, Fox will show the National Anthem as well as God Save the Queen live. As is standard procedure, regionalized coverage of NFL game airing on FOX this …..
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