According to new reports, the NFL may work with broadcasters to cut out the broadcasting of the National Anthem portion of their football games so as to not offend anyone.
Allenbwest.com reported: Like an offensive coordinator attempting to find the right way to break through a defensive line, the NFL has called for a number of plays in its efforts to accommodate both their players who feel compelled to protest during the national anthem and their increasingly angry fans.
These efforts have ranged from having the players stand together with locked arms during the anthem, to keeping players in the locker room until the anthem is over, and even to having the team kneel before – rather than during – the anthem’s playing.
However, none of these tactics have been completely successful, as NFL TV ratings continue to be sacked by viewers who are throwing a penalty flag at the protestors.
Eric Shanks, the president of Fox Sports, told Newsday’s Neil Best earlier this week that his crews plan to return to “standard procedure” this week for NFL broadcasts. That doesn’t include showing the national anthem live for most games because the network normally airs commercials then.
Shanks left the option open, however.
“So I think we’re going to pay attention to events,” Shanks told Newsday. “… A lot of time is happening between now and then.”
Not airing the protests may have the effect – whether intentionally or unintentionally – of quelling the NFL protests, as protestors generally don’t bother to protest if they aren’t in a spotlight.