Florida Legislation Will Require Pro Teams Play National Anthem Prior To Home Games


A new Florida bill will require professional sports teams to play the National Anthem before the start of every home game if they want to get state funding, in a move that mirrors Texas’ Star Spangled Banner Protection Act.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban decided to stop playing the anthem during the 2020-2021 NBA season after speaking to people “who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem did not fully represent them, that their voices were not being heard.”

The NBA ruled that all teams were required to play the anthem after the Mavs skipped the song for 13 games, but Texas wasn’t taking any chances and neither is Florida Republican state Rep. Tommy Gregory, who filed the bill in early November.

“I haven’t seen any Mark Cuban-type, what I would view as anti-American, protests against our anthem or our flag but I certainly want to make sure that sort of negative activism is avoided, prohibited actually, if they want to do business with the government, and most of them do,” Gregory commented.

Gregory’s proposed HB 499 aims to make teams play the anthem in their stadiums if they want to get subsidized by the government and contains the same framework as Texas’ Star Spangled Banner Protection Act.

“A governmental entity may not enter into an agreement with a professional sports team that requires a financial commitment by the state or a governmental entity unless the agreement includes … written verification that the professional sports team will play the United States national anthem at the beginning of each team sporting event held at the team’s home venue or other facility controlled by the team for the event,” the bill reads. 

Gregory, a military veteran, feels strongly about adhering to the game time tradition. “I think that showing proper respect to our country and our flag is really a civic responsibility,” he said.



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Bidencheats
5 months ago

I love the old original America. and having Trump for my President

Harry Balls
Harry Balls
4 months ago
Reply to  Bidencheats

I agree completely!

alicia
alicia
4 months ago
Reply to  Bidencheats

AMEN to that!!!

Ed D.
Ed D.
5 months ago

Mark Cuban’s last name, SAYS IT ALL! He is a commie at heart!

Colleen Mara
Colleen Mara
4 months ago
Reply to  Ed D.

Then he should pack it and go live there!

Ed D.
Ed D.
4 months ago
Reply to  Colleen Mara

Exactly right!

sick of Politics
sick of Politics
5 months ago

Amen, Thank you, Florida for your patriotism! Leading the way with your state government.

Casey
Casey
5 months ago

Way to do Florida (love Ron DeSantis)! Mark Cuban has always been a jerk. He actually prides himself on being a jerk. He is one of those people who believes that any publicity is good. Like I said – A REAL JERK.

Dori
Dori
5 months ago
Reply to  Casey

DeSantis 2024

Knowwhat
Knowwhat
5 months ago

Common sense appears to be on the decline, when they have to pass laws where common sense should prevail.

Joan Freda
Joan Freda
4 months ago
Reply to  Knowwhat

You’re right…common sense is not so common any longer….

Colleen Mara
Colleen Mara
4 months ago
Reply to  Joan Freda

The left doesn’t have any and doesn’t believe in it!

ExFed
ExFed
5 months ago

“…people “who voiced their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem did not fully represent them, that their voices were not being heard.” Then get the hell out of our country and move to a communist country where I’m sure your “voices” will be heard. Not.

alicia
alicia
4 months ago
Reply to  ExFed

yeah,. take marc cban with yu. To Cuba, lets see if he likes it there.

Floyd
5 months ago

Wish Arizona gov had the balls to stand up for America

Joan Freda
Joan Freda
4 months ago
Reply to  Floyd

Alabama as well…..

Dori
Dori
5 months ago

Mark Cuban just another weakling sheep following the flock and greed.. I thought he had more patriotism. Hes now just another embarrassing Commie!

TVLEE
TVLEE
5 months ago

F Mark Cuban! Stop going to any of the maverick games and bring this liberal bastard to his knees! Get out of Texas Cuban and take your team with you! I am sick and tired of these millionaire/billionaire bastards spitting in the face of Americans!!

Rick
5 months ago

Georgia: I guess we have to get Walker in as Gov, to get Georgia off butt and join Fl,Tex.

Joe
Joe
4 months ago

A real American patriotic governor, well done gov Desantis, the rest of the states should follow. Cuban was always an –sh-le, a commie at heart.

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
4 months ago

Loyalty is your faithfulness to your nation, faithful adherence to your sovereign government and full allegiance to it’s people. Why is it the bidens can’t fit anywhere into the above definitions? China owns the biden family, recent events uncovered from Africa confirm this even further, Hunters pot of gold awaits the bidens for their rainy days. “Biden refuses cognitive testing” – “despite showing many obvious signs of diminished cognitive function” joe biden claims American is back, what reality, is this lack of  mental ability for judgement is he living in? He lacks any required ability for basic leadership skills, responsibility, Look at all his personal decisions since being in office.  Afghanistan with his callous regard for loss , fuel transportation cost, resulting in the highest inflation our Country has ever seen. His appointment of non qualified persons who are unable to resolve any of the un American problems he created against the American people, like his open border policy, allowing illegal drugs, invaders to swarm into our Country without consequence. Ask yourself is this not the from loss in his mental state? Look at the bidens love of China, and the decisions made since he has been in the White House that favor this Communist Country, the money the bidens been well compensated for those decisions. And there’s many in that community who believe starting at age 65, there should be some sort of screening that’s done. Dr. Ronald Peterson, who runs the Alzheimer’s clinic at Mayo has been somebody who talked about that.” “But as far as we know, President Biden, “we didn’t see any kind of tests like that performed since being in office” O’Connor concluded claiming that biden may remain fit for duty, and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations, except ” without any testing for what appears to be the obvious threat to “Biden’s ability to perform his job, his mental fitness?” “President Trump had something known as the Montreal cognitive assessment. It’s sort of a screening test for dementia. And, you know, that there was no mention of that sort of thing here. It is a constant point of discussion. I can tell you within the geriatrics community, I wrote this book last year about brain health, and one of the things that kept coming up was, should sort of leadership types of screening tests, cognitive screening tests, be more commonly done? The democrats complained and complained until Trump took the exam,where are the same complaints from the democrats against bidens abuse of power.

Lorraine E Blazich
4 months ago

Florida is setting a great example for the rest of the states to follow.

Robert Higginbotham
Robert Higginbotham
4 months ago

Good for Florida. The anthem and flag are very important symbols of the greatest country in the world. As for Cuban the reason he stopped having the anthem played was so he didn’t upset his ChiCom buddies. He might consider a change of address, maybe Wuhan, China!!

michael zlab
michael zlab
4 months ago

God Bless America Land That I love Side beside Her And Guide Her…

michael zlab
michael zlab
4 months ago
Reply to  michael zlab

oops, It’s Stand beside Her And Guide Her…

alicia
alicia
4 months ago

B R A V O !! USA USA USA!

Madeleine
Madeleine
4 months ago

Exactly! If you represent your Team or Country then you pledge allegiance Full stop. God bless this amazing Governor. Prayers for his wifes full recovery In God we trust Amen <3

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