$6.8 Million Of Taxpayer Money To Pro Sports Teams For Military Tributes

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This is infuriating. Kim Jung il or whatever the **** his name is would be proud. If the DoD wants to waste money, how about donating it to the VA instead.


WASHINGTON -- The Department of Defense doled out as much as $6.8 million in taxpayer money to professional sports teams to honor the military at games and events over the past four years, an amount it has “downplayed” amid scrutiny, a report unveiled by two Senate Republicans on Wednesday found.

Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake began looking into the Defense Department’s spending of taxpayer dollars on military tributes in June after they discovered the New Jersey Army National Guard paid the New York Jets $115,000 to recognize soldiers at home games.

The 145-page report released Wednesday dives deeper, revealing that 72 of the 122 professional sports contracts analyzed contained items deemed “paid patriotism” -- the payment of taxpayer or Defense funds to teams in exchange for tributes like NFL’s “Salute to Service.” Honors paid for by the DOD were found not only in the NFL, but also the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS. They included on-field color guard ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, and ceremonial first pitches and puck drops.
 

lazard

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meh, not as bad as the gov't spending $1.1M to study the "Freshman 15".
 

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The marriage of professional sports and the military is a long one. I don't like it. I do wish we could do without the color guards, flyovers and other tributes. But as jkcerda would say, we're a war mongering nation, so that's just one of the prices we pay for over-glorifying the military.
 
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The football coaches at Navy, Air Force, and Army all earn more than the Secretary of Defense. In fact, those three are the highest-paid individuals in the DoD.
 

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The marriage of professional sports and the military is a long one. I don't like it. I do wish we could do without the color guards, flyovers and other tributes. But as jkcerda would say, we're a war mongering nation, so that's just one of the prices we pay for over-glorifying the military.
When stated like that, how different are we from N. Korea?

Food for thought.

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thekev

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I'm not actually surprised by this. It's stealth advertising. The military has a recruitment budget, some of which goes to run stupid propaganda at the beginning of films that may attract a teenage audience.
 

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Goodell is ordering the teams to pay back the money.

We have VA hospitals crumbling and the DOD is paying NFL teams to wave American flags during pregame.
 

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The NFL should be ashamed of themselves for requiring money in order for them to recognize the sacrifice of our soldiers, many of whom gave their lives so profiteers like the NFL could even exist.
 
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The NFL should be ashamed of themselves for requiring money in order for them to recognize the sacrifice of our soldiers, many of whom gave their lives so profiteers like the NFL could even exist.
The teams were paid directly.
 

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The teams were paid directly.
Whatever level it happened at, it is still disgraceful and whoever approved this type of spending within our government needs to be called out for it and investigated for possible corruption.
 
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Whatever level it happened at, it is still disgraceful and whoever approved this type of spending within our government needs to be called out for it and investigated for possible corruption.
I would not call it corruption, just wasteful spending. One the NFL should not need to take money to honor veterans. And the DoD has better things to spend that money on. More stupid vs illegal.
 

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I would not call it corruption, just wasteful spending. One the NFL should not need to take money to honor veterans. And the DoD has better things to spend that money on. More stupid vs illegal.
Not corrupt, and definitely not illegal...

But sure as hell is UNETHICAL.

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I would not call it corruption, just wasteful spending. One the NFL should not need to take money to honor veterans. And the DoD has better things to spend that money on. More stupid vs illegal.
Don't be naive, we need to make sure that there was no quid pro quo taking place.
 

bradl

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Don't be naive, we need to make sure that there was no quid pro quo taking place.
And if that is the case, that would make it even more unethical. This is turning nasty as it touches every major sport except for golf, and ironically enough, NASCAR.

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bradl

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Ironically, why?
A lot of spending for recruitment (read: advertising/tributes) happens at a lot of NASCAR events. The Army and Air Force spend a considerable amount of money for their presence there. I want to say just about every branch save the Coast Guard. But there is a LOT of money spent by the Armed Forces at NASCAR events, including having their own cars racing.

BL.