The price of patriotism
Athletes should never be prohibited from showing pride in the U.S.A.
In Pennsylvania, a high school hockey league has banned the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner because it takes too long. Apparently, it costs as much as $300 an hour to rent the ice rinks, so the group wants to get as much play time on the ice as possible.
The decision came after a hockey game was stopped in the third period because the school’s rented ice time had expired. The game had started with a particularly lengthy rendition of the National Anthem, which was then blamed for the time expiration and, ultimately, the ban on playing the song.
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