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Should The National Anthem Be Played For All TV Events?

When thinking about the national anthem and sports, one needs to have a broader view.

Home Depot needs to play the national anthem before opening its doors to begin its business day. And everyone needs to stand — customers and employees alike.

No kneeling allowed — unless maybe there is floor work. But no matter what, everyone also needs to grab beer — or some alcohol. History and custom should tell you this.

And it shouldn’t just be at retail moments, but for all entertainment. Every kind of media business — especially live TV shows — needs to start its day with the national anthem and the pledge of allegiance. Viewers also need to stand. New smart TVs with in-set cameras will see to this.

When I was younger man — up late at night — I would watch TV stations sign off and see video of a U.S. flag waving in the wind, while the national anthem played. TV stations would also do that — and some radio stations — when signing on each morning. Sometimes, a prayer would accompany the anthem.

The music for our U.S. national anthem has been around since the mid-1700s. But the origins might not be so honorable.

The tune, according to historians, comes from England, "To Anacreon in Heaven," the official song of The Anacreontic Society, a gentlemen's club in London. The ancient Greek poet Anacreon was renowned for his drinking songs and odes to love.

Of course, when it comes to having a drink, it makes sense for the NFL. At in-stadium games — and those watching on TV at home — fans can often be found with a beer in their hands.

As you mull this over, consider exactly what your patriotic rules are around the start of your workday in the media — for media agencies, marketers, TV networks, social media platforms, etc.

They don’t have any? Better get some. Our President will probably be demanding it. Here's the good news: You can stand — and drink.

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  1. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, October 12, 2017 at 5:05 p.m.

    Or you can learn the words and where they come from. War of 1812 against the British who offered slaves their freedom if they fought for them instead of the United States which was invading Canada to claim it as its own. The anthem celebrates the death of those slaves. So...do we stand for that or not ? Do we force international visitors to stand for that or not ?

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