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Robert Namer
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July 18, 2021

     What you will read is pitiful and un American. The NFL reportedly plans to play the so-called Black national anthem before all its major events in the upcoming season. As part of a doubling down on its politicking from last season, America’s biggest professional sports league will play “Lift Every Voice And Sing” before all “tentpole events,” according to a report in Front Office Sports. The site reported, citing unnamed league sources, that those high-profile events will include the NFL Kickoff Game on Sept. 9, all playoff games including the Super Bowl, and the league’s college draft.

“Lift Every Voice and Sing” will not replace the national anthem, but instead be played in addition to it, according to the report. However, those tentpole events are usually the only ones in which “The Star-Spangled Banner” makes it onto the TV broadcasts. Meaning that every time the league pipes the national anthem into America’s homes this season, it’ll be accompanied by “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” This leaning in on political demands in a politically polarized nation stands in contrast to most other major professional sports leagues, even the NBA, which is removing most of the on-floor social slogans.

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