"We generally have not broadcasted the anthem and I don't think that will change this year".
The NFL made the anthem a point of interest during the offseason, but that hasn't curbed any protests.
President Donald Trump has only added fuel to the fire, tweeting that players who refuse to stand for the anthem should be suspended without pay, or cut altogether.
"Again, there could be changes. It's unpredictable what could happen in the world but as of now, we're not", Pitaro said.
Pitaro was quoted at ESPN Football Media Day on Friday saying that the broadcasting network is not a "political organization".
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Pitaro communicated the news to the National Football League "as courtesy and good partners", according to Fischer.
Pitaro: "ESPN is NOT a political organization". But the policy was later placed on hold after backlash.
"We are the place of record for sports when something happens, when the Eagles are disinvited to the White House, we are going to cover that".
The kneeling triggered fierce debates and criticism from Trump.
ESPN Senior Vice President for Event & Studio Production Stephanie Druley explained to reporters that the network's position on showing the anthem 'has always been our standing operating procedure'.
The news comes as the NFL the players' union work to announce a season policy for kneeling after the league backtracked on an order that players must stand at attention during the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner or remain in the locker room.