Showing the national anthem during NFL games was the big story for TV networks last week, as players protested during the anthem in response to Donald Trump’s remarks about the practice. Though the story hasn’t faded, Fox largely decided to move on in Week 4, except for the Saints-Dolphins game in London. Meanwhile, CBS showed the anthem for its Bears-Packers Thursday Night Football broadcast (as well as its regular Week 4 telecasts), as did NBC during Sunday Night Football.

ESPN originally opted not to show the national anthem during tonight’s Monday Night Football telecast of the Redskins-Chiefs game. But current events have changed that thinking. Due to the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night, ESPN will now show the national anthem before the game in addition to a moment of silence for the victims.

More than 50 people were killed and 500 injured at an outdoor concert festival in Las Vegas Sunday as a gunman opened fire on a crowd of 22,000 from a 32nd-floor room of the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. It is the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

As the Washington Post‘s Cindy Boren notes, ESPN had decided not to show the national anthem before the 2017 NFL season began. The one exception was during the season-opening MNF Saints-Vikings telecast on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which included a special tribute at Minneapolis’s U.S. Bank Stadium.

But plans changed last week when the national anthem and player protests became a major story throughout the NFL. ESPN broadcasted Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones taking a knee with players before the anthem, and then the team standing while the anthem played.

About Ian Casselberry

Ian is an editor for The Comeback and Awful Announcing. He has covered baseball for Yahoo! Sports,, Bleacher Report and SB Nation, and provides analysis for several sports talk radio shows each week. He currently lives in Asheville, NC.

  • Deon Hamner

    If the players are smart, they will kneel before and stand during the national anthem. People are looking for unity… Plus the kneel down has been watered down know….

  • Jsh8675309

    They really think that’s gonna make it less respectful. Dudes we’re holding your paychecks and NFL in the palm of our hands. Good bye National Felony League. Remember Not for long