The National Football League Will Not Be Allowing Live Performers Of The National Anthem On The Field Before NFL Games During The 2020 Season
The NFL has decided that they will not allow pregame performances to take place, using COVID-19 as political cover for the decision. While the “Star Spangled Banner” may still be played before games if stadiums so choose, it will not be done on the field. If the home team wishes to use a live performer, they must be filmed from a location off the field.
Military and honor guards will likely be limited.
The NFL is claiming that decision comes as a means to minimize the spread of COVID-19 by preventing unnecessary bodies from entering the field of play, but the timely decision in the wake of the ongoing George Floyd riots raises the question of whether that is really true. The NFL has already committed to playing the so-called “black national anthem” before week 1 games, so keep an eye out: there will likely be live performers involved for renditions of “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing” while the real National Anthem is pushed out of the spotlight.
In all likelihood, unAmerican company men in the NFL decided this was the easiest way to avoid outlandish protests from their players and limit the amount of controversy in the process.
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The NFL will not allow the “Star Spangled Banner” to be performed live on the field this season. It will still be played before games, but the NFL is doing away with live performances in an effort to limit the number of people on the field during the Covid-19 Pandemic. That means that there will likely be fewer military and police honor guards involved in pre-game festivities this year too.