The national anthem is a staple before every sporting event you attend. Minutes before kickoff or the tip, fans stand in unison for ” The Star-Spangled Banner, ” but what if sporting events skipped it?
That’s the idea floated by USA-Tody Sports Columnist Nancy Armour in their series Things We’d Change in Sports.
She writes that playing the anthem before these games ” has become a lazy excuse for patriotism. ”
In an interview I had with Armour, she told me the anthem has become reduced to just background noise.
” If [the national anthem] is supposed to have the meaning it was probably originally intended, then it might be better to play it less frequently, ” she told WTMJ in an interview. ” People would maybe treat it with more respect because now you see people drinking, you see people walking the concourses, you see people talking during the anthem…it’s not exactly a time of reverence when it’s being played. ”
As a Marquette alumna, Armour gave the 2019 Axthelm Memorial Lecture. In our conversation, we talked about the changing landscape of sports journalism, as well as her thoughts on the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
You can hear the complete interview with Armour above.