Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Super Bowl protests won't be ignored, NBC says

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Melissa Porter | 14 January, 2018, 15:11

While national anthem protests have slowed around the NFL, it has still dominated national conversation throughout this season.

After failing to act early by hitting Colin Kaepernick with a suspension for his kneeling in 2015 to nip the problem in the bud, the $40 million a year commissioner tried to buy off black protesters with an $89 million bribe to a number of organizations to use in social justice warrior training.

Regarding football players kneeling during the national anthem before games, Gaudelli-the executive producer of "Sunday Night Football", "Thursday Night Football", and Super Bowl LII-said that any such protests during the Super Bowl will be covered live. On Monday, Pink was announced as this year's anthem singer. Several players and coaches condemned Trump's comments and locked arms in solidarity during the anthem. Game broadcasters showed the protests during the initial weeks but reduced coverage of them later.

Sportscaster Al Michaels and NBC Sports executive producer Fred Gaudelli addressed several of the controversies that have plagued the National Football League this season during a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday.

"Putting a spotlight on anthem protestors during will presumably irk President Trump, but NBC has plenty of experience agitating the president", predicts Fox News media analyst Brian Flood.

"There just aren't a lot of places you can find big ratings in a live environment", Lovinger said. We'd show it. When you're covering a live event, you're covering what's happening.

So, there you have it!

Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola and Kia are among the Super Bowl advertisers. "'Go out there and do it on your own time".