NBC Will Air National Anthem For NFL Season Opener Sept. 7
NBC "will televise the playing of the national anthem at Gillette Stadium" for the Chiefs-Patriots NFL Kickoff on Sept. 7. NFL broadcast partners "typically do not show the playing of the national anthem,” but they do around major games, and NBC has during prior NFL Kickoffs. The "question of which players will be standing and which will be kneeling" is taking on "added importance." NBC in a statement said, “Like last year, (we) will cover activity around the anthem as news merits” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 8/23).