Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a new joint oversight report today exposing widespread evidence that the Department of Defense (DOD) has been paying professional sports teams in the National Football League (NFL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Hockey League (NHL), and Major League Soccer (MLS) to honor American soldiers at sporting events. The report shows that contrary to the leagues’ assertions, 72 of the 122 contracts amounting to $6.8 million contained some form of paid patriotism. Certain contracts show that DOD paid for specific activities including on-field color guard performances, enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, and ceremonial first pitches and puck drops.
In 2016 Senator John McCain recommended the following: Earlier this year, the senators successfully amended the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016 to prohibit the Department of Defense from spending taxpayer dollars on these deceitful practices, and to call on professional sports organizations that have accepted taxpayer funds in exchange for military tributes to donate those profits to organizations supporting U.S. armed forces, veterans, and their families.
This is 2018, and players are still on the field. The NFL is still being attacked by President Trump. Kaepernck is still unemployeed and suing tjhe NFL for colusion. Did this National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, ever go into action. Is money still being exchanged? I am still seeing flyovers, and military nights at the ball park. Sorry to say, I don't think this is voluntary. I don't think we have a revival of partiotism that we saw in 2001 or 1991, when the Gulf War started under Presisent George H. W. Bush. I will continue to do research and follow the money.