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PostSubject: paid patriotism   Thu May 19, 2016 6:18 pm

NFL Agrees to Reimburse U.S. Taxpayers $720K for 'Paid Patriotism'

The NFL is reimbursing U.S. taxpayers more than $720,000 in so-called "paid patriotism" money that the teams took from the military to allow things like color guard displays and video tributes at pro football games.

In a letter to the two Arizona senators who have led the charge against the practice, Commissioner Roger Goodell said an audit uncovered that over the course of four seasons $723,734 "may have been mistakenly applied to appreciation activities rather than recruitment efforts."

"This amount will be promptly returned in full to the taxpayers," he wrote Wednesday to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake.

"These recruitment efforts are intended to be separate and apart from the NFL's longstanding support of the service members and families who have dedicated their lives to serving this great country," Goodell wrote.


This was one of the main reasons I stopped following the NFL closely. It's hard to describe how sick it makes me to think that a money machine like the NFL needs to take money to put up a patriotic half-time show. What a bunch of money grabbing low-lifes.

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