No argument on that. I always say that, why is it a Baseball World Series when no other nation participate? That is beyond me. Honestly, I have no idea who came up with that BS, never cared to look either, is trivial stuff. Here is some... National Anthems were considered some solemn to be played in certain official occasions. The Pentagon got involved in sport events and as a recruiting tool, they paid for a colour guard to do their thing and play the anthem. Now, for every stupid event, you are forced to play the anthem, if you do not, is not "patriotic". I believe, that stupidity, migrated to ther nations as well. By the way, is disrespectful to clap and cheer after the National Anthem is played.