The Department of Defense buys pro-military patriotism from the NFL.
I am trying to be restrained… but it’s very, very hard.
Is there any major business entity not in bed with the government to rip off taxpayers? Even the NFL?
From NJ.com: “Jets’ salutes honor N.J. National Guard but cost taxpayers.”
When the Jets paused to honor soldiers of the New Jersey Army National Guard at home games during the past four years, it was more than a heartfelt salute to the military — it was also worth a good stack of taxpayer money, records show.
The Department of Defense and the Jersey Guard paid the Jets a total of $377,000 from 2011 to 2014 for the salutes and other advertising, according to federal contracts. Overall, the Defense Department has paid 14 NFL teams $5.4 million during that time, of which $5.3 million was paid by the National Guard to 11 teams under similar contracts.
U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who routinely posts examples of what he calls wasteful spending, called out the Jets’ agreement as wasteful and disingenuous.
“Those of us go to sporting events and see them honoring the heroes,” Flake said in an interview. “You get a good feeling in your heart. Then to find out they’re doing it because they’re compensated for it, it leaves you underwhelmed. It seems a little unseemly.”
The agreement includes the Hometown Hero segment, in which the Jets feature a soldier or two on the big screen, announce their names and ask the crowd to thank them for their service.
First these low-lifes extort taxpayer money to build their stadiums so beefy multi-millionaires have a place to run around, then they rob us in order to *appear* patriotic in honoring “Hometown Heroes” on the field.
Here is a graph from NJ.com of the thieving teams, by the numbers: