ESPN to Televise Players Singing of 'Black National Anthem'
The network will 'show social justice movements, actions, as they happen'
American multinational primary cable sports channel ESPN has said it will televise protesting players singing the “black national anthem."
ESPN usually shows the honor guard and singing of the Star-Spangled Banner before games.
But for their Monday Night Football doubleheader on Monday, they have opted to televise the “black national anthem,” a song known as Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.
The network will also “show social justice movements, actions, as they happen.”
ESPN Executive Vice President of Event and Studio Production Stephanie Druley said:
“Our policy is to cover the anthem when it’s newsworthy. That’s not going to change."
“We are going to continue as we’ve done with the NBA and the WNBA," he added.
"We will cover social justice movements, actions, as they happen. We’re not going to shy away from that.”
Druley then emphasized that social justice protests are not viewed as political by ESPN.
“Look, we’re going to keep our main rule, which is when it intersects with sports, we’re going to cover it, and look, we don’t see the social justice movement as being political," he said.
"It’s social justice,” said Druley.
“I don’t know. We will make a judgment call every week. But I can tell you that Week 1, that first game, you will see the anthem — and you will see ‘Lift Every Voice.’”
According to Front Office Sports:
The normally crowded NFL sidelines will look very different to millions of TV viewers this season. The league is strictly limiting the number of people with field access to avoid infecting coaches and players.
TV sideline reporters like ESPN’s Salters and CBS’ Wolfson will have to do their jobs from the stands. There will not be military/police honor guards on the field or on-field performances of the national anthem. Ditto for cheerleaders, marching bands, and team mascots.
The NFL’s 1,700 players, meanwhile, will be encouraged to salute victims of police brutality by placing decals with their names on their helmets. The league will also stencil social justice statements such as “End Racism” and “It Takes All Of Us” in end zones this season. The league will play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before each game during opening weekend.
Earlier this month, The National Basketball association saw a massive number of sports fans tuning out due to their 'woke' political, social justice activism.
A massive 38% of fans said they are watching fewer games due to the league becoming “too political," according to a new Harris Poll.
Republican-identifying fans are far likely to tune out games over the left-wing activism, while 57% said the league had become “too political."