NBC Cuts Patriotic Segments of NFL Football Theme Song

NBC recently re-made its Sunday Night Football intro theme, but unlike previous songs, the new theme eliminated all mentions of America and any patriotic references from the song.

The new song for the NFL’s 100th season, features Joanne Jet and Carrie Underwood, but one thing it doesn’t feature is any sort of patriotism.

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The network’s past songs have always included references to “the red, white, and blue,” or “America’s game.” America’s colors and flags also used to appear during the song. But not any more.

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As the Federalist reported:

In every one of the past 10 years, there has been an explicit patriotic reference in the lyrics; the previous two years (which featured new theme songs) talked about “America’s game” while before that Underwood and Hill sang about the “star-spangled fight” that bled “red, white, and blue.” Now returning to the original theme song, NBC edited out those lyrics to talk about “a prime-time fight” that’s “kicking into high gear.”

Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli claimed that the theme song was re-written especially for the 100th season to celebrate. But if the NFL wanted to celebrate, it is odd that the celebration included the elimination of patriotism.

“The NFL is so eager to make football international, but its own network can’t make the effort to keep it rooted to its original country. NBC has some gall to do this un-American rewrite only one year removed from the Colin Kaepernick rumpus,” the Federalist wrote.

Football has been connected to America and patriotism for decades. But with the league now looking to Mexico, the U.K. and Europe for expansion possibilities, apparently America is something the NFL wants to cut out.

Worse, with its coddling of anti-American players such as Colin Kaepernick, Michael Bennett, and Malcolm Jenkins, America is apparently no longer an important part of the NFL.

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