Senators Claim Military Paid For Patriotic Pregame Displays
An investigation revealed the Department of Defense spent millions of dollars on patriotic displays at sporting events since 2012.By Grant Suneson | November 4, 2015
Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have issued a scathing report revealing the Department of Defense paid millions of dollars for displays of patriotism before and during sporting events to boost military recruitment.
Since 2012, the DOD has spent $10.4 million on advertising contracts with the five major sports leagues and NASCAR. Most of those agreements involved what the report calls "paid patriotism."
According to the report released Wednesday, the DOD underwrote "enlistment and re-enlistment ceremonies, performances of the national anthem, full-field flag details, ceremonial first pitches and puck drops."