National anthem would be required at Wisconsin sporting events under proposed legislation

The bill was introduced by State Senator Patrick Testin

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – A new bill could require Wisconsin sporting venues to play the national anthem.

The bill, introduced by Republican lawmaker Patrick Testin of Steven Point comes after the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks did not play ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ before home games earlier this season.

Testin says the bill is a chance to encourage unity.

“This is an opportunity for us to realize that we’re all on the same team. We are all Americans. That is our one common denominator. And that while we can be, have differences of opinion, at the end of the day this is what binds us,” said State Senator Patrick Testin.

“Sporting event” is not defined in the bill, raising the question of whether the anthem would have to be sung every time someone gets together for a pickup game in a city park.