If You See the National Anthem on Monday Night Football, It Likely Means That Something Terrible Has Happened

Despite discouragement from team owners and commissioner Roger Goodell, a number of NFL players have continued to protest police brutality and social injustice during performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before preseason games. These protests will likely persist throughout the regular season, but, per ESPN policy, you probably won’t see them on Monday Night Football.

On Friday, ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro spoke at the network’s football media day. “We generally have not...

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