National Anthem ProtestsLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 8:51AM EST
NBC blames "equipment failure" for blackout during Super Bowl
“We had a brief equipment failure that we quickly resolved. No game action or commercial time were missed," an NBC spookesperson said of the black screen that led to some people joking that NBC was paying tribute to The Sopranos finale in the middle of the game. Brands like Tide quickly capitalized on the blackout. “Clean clothes are still clean in the dark. If it's clean, it's a #TideAd,” the laundry detergent brand tweeted.
- Hope was the theme in many of this year's Super Bowl ads
- There were no National Anthem protests at the Super Bowl
- Kevin Hart sparred with security to try to get onto the Super Bowl trophy podium
- Kevin Hart later dropped an F-bomb live on NFL Network
- Pink sent a savage tweet to a troll mocking her National Anthem performance
- Pink explained on Twitter that she spit out a throat lozenge (not gum)
- See The Voice Super Bowl ad: Blake Shetlon, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine mock country cliches
- How did Danny McBride end up starring in an Australian tourism ad?
Posted Friday 2/02/18 at 3:15AM EST
NBC: NFL players’ National Anthem protests didn’t scare off Super Bowl ad buyers
“Nobody that we’ve approached has said we’re not interested because of what’s going on,” says Dan Lovinger, NBC Sports Group’s executive vice president of sales. “The Super Bowl transcends the league itself and all of those things that have come up in the past year and a half. I think advertisers recognize that, and this is the only event I know in television where people actually say they come to the screen to watch the ads more so than the content itself.” NBC is expected to rake in $500 million from this year’s Super Bowl.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
If NFL players kneel at the Super Bowl, they’ll be shown live on NBC
Sunday Night Football executive producer Fred Gaudelli doesn’t, however, expect there to be any kneeling because “since Thanksgiving much of that has dissipated.”
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 2:08PM EST
NFL TV ratings were down 9.7% during the 2017 season
The 2017 drop follows an 8% drop from the 2016 season, which was attributed to the presidential election. A variety of factors have been blamed for the ratings drop, from NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem to the dilution of NFL games. This season, Thursday Night Football was shown on CBS, NBC, Amazon Prime and NFL Network.
Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 5:41PM EST
“Papa John” to step down as CEO of Papa John’s two months after his controversial National Anthem protests criticism
John Schnatter, Papa John’s founder who has appeared in numerous commercials for his pizza chain with Peyton Manning, will step down as CEO but will remain chairman of the board. Last month, Papa John’s apologized after its founder publicly criticized NFL leadership over the National Anthem protests by football players, which had resulted in neo-Nazis publicly embracing the pizza chain. Earlier this year, Schnatter blamed the protests for slowing his company’s sales growth. New CEO Steve Ritchie declined to say whether Schnatter's comments influenced his decision to step down. Ritchie also said the company hasn't decided if Schnatter will continue to serve as Papa John's spokesman. ALSO: NFL says it had no contact with Papa John's regarding Schnatter's exit.
Posted Sunday 12/17/17 at 12:55PM EST
NFL owners may return to having teams stay in the locker room during the National Anthem
To avoid National Anthem protests, owners may go back to how it used to be before 2009. Teams staying on the field for the National Anthem only started happening in 2009.
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 1:59PM EDT
ESPN’s new social media policy tells employees to not “embroil the company in unwanted controversy”
“Do nothing that would undercut your colleagues’ work or embroil the company in unwanted controversy,” reads the new guidelines that come weeks after Jemele Hill’s suspension for embroiling the company in unwanted controversy.
Posted Thursday 11/02/17 at 4:50PM EDT
TV executives blame overexposure, not National Anthem protests, for declining ratings
“Media executives are rallying around an explanation for the National Football League’s declining TV ratings: too much football available in too many places,” according to The Wall Street Journal. As CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus points out, the addition of London games (which sometimes start at 6:30 a.m. PT) and Thursday Night Football have diluted the product. ESPN historian James Andrew Miller agrees: “Thursday Night Football is like bad food & small portions. Protect players; protect schedules; protect partners. Stop madness."
Posted Monday 10/16/17 at 6:18AM EDT
Glee and American Idol alum Jessica Sanchez took a knee while singing the National Anthem at an NFL game
The Season 11 Idol runner-up knelt while singing the words “home of the brave” during the Chargers-Raiders game Sunday in Oakland.
Posted Thursday 10/12/17 at 2:11PM EDT
ESPN’s Jemele Hill will continue to be paid during her two-week suspension
ESPN oral history author James Andrew Miller tweeted that Hill's suspension is with pay.
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 1:25PM EDT
President Trump sends an early morning tweet attacking Jemele Hill and blaming her for ESPN’s ratings woes
“With Jemele Hill at the mike, it is no wonder ESPN ratings have ‘tanked,’ in fact, tanked so badly it is the talk of the industry!” the President tweeted, misspelling the word “mic.” Besides going after the suspended ESPN anchor, Trump also questioned the NFL’s “massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country.” The NFL, though, gave up its tax exempt status in 2015.
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 10:47PM EDT
Jemele Hill’s SportsCenter co-host, Michael Smith, opts to sit out tonight’s show
When ESPN allegedly tried to keep Hill off the air last month after the White House reacted to her Trump white supremacy comments, Smith reportedly refused to go on air without her. After today’s suspension, there was a “mutual” agreement that Smith would also not work tonight’s show. ALSO: Why Jemele Hill is a “bad fit at This ESPN.”
Posted Monday 10/09/17 at 3:47PM EDT
ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for two weeks after she suggested fans boycott Dallas Cowboys sponsors
The SportsCenter anchor was given a warning after tweeting last month that Donald Trump is a white supremacist. This time, Hill has been suspended for suggesting on Twitter that fans unhappy with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ decision to punish any player who disrespects the American flag should boycott the team’s sponsors.
Posted Friday 10/06/17 at 4:37PM EDT
NFL sees another ratings boost as CBS' Thursday Night Football soars 26%
Last night’s game on CBS benefited from the presence of Tom Brady. ALSO: Trump brouhaha helps ESPN ratings.
Posted Monday 10/02/17 at 8:13PM EDT
ESPN changes its mind, opts to show national anthem on Monday Night Football following Las Vegas tragedy
ESPN originally decided not to show tonight’s anthem before the Kansas City Chiefs-Washington Redskins game, after last week’s anthem protests had died down. But the Las Vegas shooting tragedy prompted ESPN to change its mind and show the anthem, followed by a moment of silence.
- Dancing With the Stars to open Monday’s show with a moment of silence
- MTV airs an anti-gun PSA during TRL premiere
CW postpones Las Vegas-filmed iHeartRadio Music Festival and Penn & Teller: Fool Us finale
- Mariah Carey was informed of the shooting while being interviewed on live British TV
- President Trump’s Hannity interview canceled over shooting
- Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest were visibly emotional addressing the tragedy on Live
- CBS fires lawyer for posting on Facebook: “I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans are often republican gun toters”
Flip or Flop’s Tarek El Moussa left the concert shortly before the gunmen began firing