"We are always going to cover the intersection between sports and politics", he said.
"ESPN is not a political organization", he said.
The national anthem had always been a staple of sports games until two years ago, when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
First, for the season-opening game, which was held on the fifth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks; again in Week 3, a week in which players across the league protested during the anthem in response to USA president Donald Trump's comments at a rally; and also in Week 4, in the wake of the mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert.
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"ESPN is NOT a political organization". When someone takes a knee and we think it's newsworthy we're going to cover it.
"We want to be in business with the National Football League and I believe they want to be business with us", Pitaro added. "We're optimistic about not just the next four years but for the long-term partnership".
President Trump has weighed in on the topic numerous times, urging National Football League team owners to fire any players who protest the anthem.
The announcement comes amid ongoing controversy regarding NFL players' decision to protest the national anthem and, by extension, continued systemic racism against people of color in the United States. But the policy was later placed on hold after backlash.
Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News.