NFL Informs Teams to Stop Taking Tax Money for Patriotic Displays

FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 file photo, a U.S. flag in the shape of the continental United States is displayed on the field of Lucas Oil Stadium before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans in Indianapolis. Marc Leepson, author of "Flag: An American Biography," agrees. "We don't have a monarch or a state religion," he says. "In some ways, the flag is a substitute." (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

NFL teams that honor members of the military at their home games appear to be recognizing those individuals and family members as a way to give back. However, in some cases this is a for the league to make some money. But the practice of the NFL taking taxpayer dollars for patriotic displays will apparently come to an end.

Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake released a report today on the millions of dollars that the Department of Defense has spent on sponsoring events at NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and MLS games. That report said that the NFL has now called on all teams to stop accepting payment for patriotic salutes.

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The senators’ report found that taxpayer money was used for $53 million in spending on marketing and advertising contracts with sports teams, according to NBC News. McCain also accused the Department of Defense of dragging its feet when the senators asked for more information about how much taxpayer money was being spent at sporting events.

That doesn’t speak well for the Department of Defense, nor does it speak well for America’s sports leagues that they were all complicit in this waste of taxpayer dollars. But now it’s coming to an end.

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