NFL – The New York Jets honor a “hometown hero” at each home game – a member of the National Guard who’s shown on the Jumbotron and honored for their service service. Other NFL teams do the same. But it turns out that many of these are displayed for a price. The federal government paid the Jets $377,500 over the past three seasons to do this. And all told, the National Guard has paid $5.3 million to the NFL teams for these kinds of salutes. Given NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell’s enormous salary, that’s more than a little outrageous.
The honorable thing for the NFL to do in a situation like this is to give the military the time for free. They could say they care about the military. They could say they care about America. They could say “We make billions every year. Forget about the extra money. We want to honor your service.”
Given what we know about the NFL – that they value money over the health of their players when it comes to concussion, that they value money over the safety of women when it comes to domestic abuse, that they value money over patriotism when it comes to teams like the Bucs playing fewer home games in favor of playing them in England – it’s not likely this will happn any time soon.
Is it really that surprising? Roger Goodell is the son of a US Senator.