When the National Football League returns to play games, whether on time or later on for their first game during the 2020 season, there will be a new pre-game routine.
According to a report from ESPN’s Jason Reid, a new song will be played before “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” commonly referred to as the black national anthem, will also be played before games. The report goes on to say that the plan is to play the song before Week 1 games. It’s unclear if the league plans to continue playing the song throughout the season.
For those unfamiliar with the ‘Black National Anthem’:
Reid said the league is “considering a variety of other measures to recognize victims of police brutality during the upcoming season.”
Here’s more from the report:
“Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims, among other plans.”
It was earlier this year when Roger Goodell released a video where he admitted the league missed the mark in its response to Colin Kaepernick’s peaceful protest during the national anthem.
The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans will kick off the 2020 season on September 10.