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Las Vegas concert shooting prompts ESPN to change its mind about airing national anthem

• Washington Post

Because of the horrific news of the shooting at a Las Vegas concert, ESPN has reversed course and will broadcast the national anthem that precedes Monday night's game between the Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs as well as the moment of silence that will take place in Arrowhead Stadium.

It's a reversal of course, one that reflects the network's decision to remain nimble as far as showing the anthem during this season of "Monday Night Football." It had intended to return to its new, normal practice of not showing the anthem, but then at least 50 people were shot to death and more than 400 injured in the shooting in Las Vegas.

Before the season began, the network had decided not to show the anthem, with two exceptions. One was the "Monday Night Football" season opener that fell on the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and featured a special tribute at the Minnesota Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium. And then last week, after protests popped up across the country in response to tweets and comments by President Trump, ESPN pivoted to carrying the anthem preceding the Dallas Cowboys' game against the Arizona Cardinals. Cameras captured Cowboys owner Jerry Jones taking a knee along with coaches and players, then rising and standing with arms linked for the anthem.

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