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VICTORY! As of May 2016, the NFL has decided to return over 700,000 in tax-payer money over this scandal. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said that, in addition to returning the money, the NFL would audit marketing activities to prevent such mismanagement of money in the future. The NFL's paid patriotism is at an end!
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Sponsored by: The Veterans Site

We all know about the NFL's pre-game salutes to our troops and veterans, but what you probably DIDN'T know was that they were being paid to do it with tax-payer money!

Recently, The Hill uncovered the heinous truth that 14 NFL teams have been accepting money from the Defense Department and the National Guard to put on displays of patriotism, events like their “Hometown Heroes” segments and jet flyovers. The Atlanta Falcons received the biggest allocation of funds, accepting over a million dollars in the past four years!

At no point have the NFL teams involved in these deals explicated that their troop tributes were sponsored. They've been taking credit for “supporting the troops” altruistically when it’'s really the troops that have been supporting them!

The icy sting is felt most when one learns that the money the NFL has been taking to honor the troops —something they should be doing for free as proud Americans— has been taxpayer money from the Defense Department and the National Guard!

Take action against the NFL by telling Commissioner Roger Goodell an apology needs to be made to their fans and to all Americans! The NFL should take the equivalent to funds that they've accepted and donate them to the VA to help soldiers and veterans.

Patriotism comes from pride, not from the bank!

Dear NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell,

I find it absolutely unacceptable that you have allowed NFL franchises to pull the wool over our eyes in regards to the NFL's “patriotism” and have remained silent on this issue.

According to a recent report by, The New York Jets received $377,000 from the Defense Department between 2011 and 2014. Other news sources (The Hill and The Florida Times Union) reported that your entire organization has received over $5.4 million in funds for in-game events sponsored by the military.

Understanding that the events were paid for by the Defense Department and the National Guard with taxpayer money is frustrating enough, but to find that these teams have not disclosed that the events were sponsored is wrong and deceitful towards their fans. For franchises to portray their patriotism as altruistic, generous, or as anything other than sponsored is a lie that requires an apology to their fans and to the troops.

Overall, the fact that your organization is even accepting money for these types of patriotic spectacles is wrong. The Defense Department should not have to pay you to show your support for America's military service members. You should be honoring the military because you have respect for our soldiers and veterans.

Americans are patriotic to show their gratitude towards the men and women who sacrifice themselves so that we may enjoy our personal freedoms. Americans should not be patriotic because they are paid to do so. As Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona has said, "[the NFL] realize the public believes they're doing it as a public service or a sense of patriotism. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth."

As suggested by The Florida Times Union, I think that you, as the commissioner of the NFL, should require each of the 14 NFL teams that have accepted these funds to withdraw the exact amount of money they've received and donate those funds to the VA and other organizations that support soldiers and veterans. This, in addition to a formal apology, is the only way that the NFL can make amends for disguising their deals with the Pentagon and misleading their fans.

Thank you.


Petition Signatures

Sep 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 David Sweeney
Sep 14, 2017 Pamela Ierubino
Sep 14, 2017 Carrie Bolin
Sep 14, 2017 Sandy Miller
Sep 14, 2017 Ronald Rutzky
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 11, 2017 Charlotte Woodard shame on the NFL my gosh how greedy!!! These great military men and women put their lives on the line for very little what the hell does the NFL do but take money WOW!!!
Sep 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 6, 2017 Arnold Cabral Veterans should call their Senators and Representative get better Veterans Benefits then NFL FOOTBALL PLAYERS.
Sep 4, 2017 Andrew Woods
Sep 3, 2017 (Name not displayed) this is a greedterrible act of
Sep 2, 2017 Candi Gaona
Sep 1, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Aug 24, 2017 Anne Romanow
Aug 24, 2017 donna gargano
Aug 22, 2017 Harold Bees
Aug 21, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 18, 2017 Mary Ware
Aug 18, 2017 melinda duff
Aug 18, 2017 Michael Seifert
Aug 18, 2017 David Pascoe
Aug 18, 2017 Christine ORourke
Aug 16, 2017 Terry Lowe Shame on you, Commissioner Roger Goodell!! Do the right thing. I tell you this, i will re-post this to every social media I can find so all those red blooded, blood bleeding Americans, can see what you've done in the name of America's Soldiers!
Aug 16, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Aug 12, 2017 Jason Wood
Aug 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 9, 2017 Roxie Pranger
Aug 9, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 8, 2017 Norma Corban
Aug 6, 2017 Stephanie Blalock The nfl is already tax exempt. This needs to change and all the money go to the real heros of America
Aug 6, 2017 Mike Lafrance
Aug 6, 2017 Sandy Bieker
Aug 4, 2017 Robyn Cotterill
Aug 2, 2017 Meggie Tryon
Jul 31, 2017 Fern Swecker
Jul 30, 2017 Julia Phillips
Jul 30, 2017 Goldie Antelman
Jul 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 26, 2017 Stephanie Carey
Jul 23, 2017 Karen Wagner You should be supporting our veterans instead of pretending and taking taxpayer funds to do so. It's not as if you need the money considering what tickets to NFL games cost. Shame on you!
Jul 22, 2017 Steve Wriborg
Jul 20, 2017 Donald Windus
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Jul 12, 2017 Renella Kendall

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