While the NFL posed as the respecter of football players, they didn’t care about football fans.
Amid all the discussion about the freedoms of the football players, it is easy to forget about the football fans. Shouldn’t their right to communicate what they really believe be honored by the NFL and the media? What if they have been booing during these public sports events and the networks, while happy to televise them when they cheer, did not allow anyone to witness their disapproval on TV?
Sporting News reported, “Why didn’t TV networks show angry, booing NFL fans Sunday or Monday?”
CBS spokeswoman Jennifer Sabatelle told Sporting News no one at her network was instructed to ignore the crowd.
“The anthem was covered by each crew in their own way, with many choosing to stay with what was happening on the field,” Sabatelle said. “There was no directive given to not show the fans.”
And yet, fans were hardly shown, much less interviewed, by NFL networks Sunday.
During ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” telecast of the Cowboys-Cardinals in Glendale, Ariz., play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough noted, “Boos can be heard from this sellout crowd” as Jerry Jones and the Cowboys collectively took a knee.
But we never saw any of these frustrated spectators. Were they booing both teams for protesting? Just booing the visiting Cowboys? Both? We got only one quick shot of a fan holding Old Glory while Jordin Sparks sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
ESPN declined to comment, but a source said there was no edict from Bristol, that it’s up to the director of the “MNF” game telecast to make the call from the production truck on what shots to use.
The entire story goes on like this, listing games where booing spectators were hidden from the television audience.
Here’s one of the few times the boos were heard on TV.
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