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Should the national anthem be banned from sporting events?

The playing of the national anthem began in Major League Baseball during World War I and quickly spread to all other sports after World War II. But with it being used as a political statement, along with, um, interesting renditions by Fergie and Carl Lewis, some are asking what "The Star-Spangled Banner" has to do with sporting events anyway. Others believe the anthem is an important patriotic ritual honoring those who sacrificed their lives to protect the country's freedoms, including doing things like watch a sporting event. What do you think? 🇺🇸

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Some sports fans are wondering why the national anthem is even necessary. At the New York Times, Sam Borden asks why don't we sing the national anthem at movies or concerts, for example? You'd never see "God Save The Queen" played at a British soccer game. Non-Americans think we're totally weird. What does football have to do with patriotism, being American, or the troops?

Why is the national anthem a staple of sporting events to begin with? Why does the United States stand apart in making the anthem a part of the pregame ritual? No national anthems are played before a French league soccer game or a German handball league game or a Japanese rugby game. So why does the connection exist in the United States? The president of the United States is not required to listen to the national anthem before beginning his day, but Jay Bruce must hear it before taking the field as an outfielder for the Mets.

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What's wrong with showing patriotism and love of country? The national anthem is meant to show respect to our men and women in the military and let them know we recognize them for their sacrifice to protect our country. Taking that away is a slap in their faces. The national anthem needs to stay.

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