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03-03-2010, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Russell View Post
I don't get why they even play anthems before sporting events
For domestic leagues, I don't think they should be played. It really is a North American thing to play anthems before the game. I've been to a few European soccer games, and at the club level, anthems have nothing to do with the game. Only matches involving national teams have the anthems before the game, and that's the way it should be.

Even for non-Olympics IIHF games, both anthems should be played before the game instead of just the winner's anthem at the end of each game. That's one thing FIFA does well.

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