Republicans and Democrats have found something they can both agree on: sports teams shouldn’t profit off of honoring the troops.

 

On Thursday, a group of bipartisan senators filed an amendment that could end patriotism for profit at sporting events. The amendment bans the Department of Defense from giving the taxpayers money to sports teams in exchange for honoring the troops.

 

Millions of dollars have been spent to use sports as a medium to promote the U.S. military. In 2014, the National Guard gave $49 million to sports organizations for advertising.

 

Select NFL teams have been receiving money to honor the troops from as far back as 2009. The Baltimore Ravens and the Atlanta Falcons have made over $1 million from the Pentagon in return for their promotional services.

 

A soldier stands out in the middle of a football field holding an American flag.

By earning a profit honoring troops, sports teams jeopardize their genuine respect. (prod.www.patriots.clubs.nfl.com)

The New England Patriot’s “True Patriot” promotion was funded by the National Guard as part of a $675,000 advertising contract. This promotion was used to honor National Guard troops during halftime shows, but now many are questioning if they were genuine tributes or just shows put on for profit.

 

NFL spokesman, Brian McCarthy, made a statement immediately after the amendment became public knowledge. “Military spending on recruiting efforts should not be confused with programs that support our nation’s active military and veterans. The NFL’s long history of honoring and supporting our troops will continue because it is the right thing to do,” said McCarthy.

 

Regardless of whether or not the amendment passes, sports teams should avoid accepting money in exchange for honoring the troops, otherwise they will risk a public relations disaster for their team.

 

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