Top Defense Department Funded Patriotic Displays at Sports Events
A government oversight report released on Wednesday detailed payments made by the Defense Department to various sports teams to hold patriotic displays during games and events. Here are some of the most expensive of such displays.
- •2001 World SeriesIn the first World Series contest after the tragic September 11th attacks, the New York Yankees faced the Arizona Diamondbacks, and both teams' bats were replaced with American Flags, courtesy of the pentagon!
- •MLS FootballFour six weeks in late 2002/early 2003, in the lead up to the Iraq War, every soccer game in the United States was ordered to be played as a "real" football game. Hundreds of soccer players were hospitalized.
- •2003 NBA All Star Game Dunk ContestWho can forget 2003's dunk contest when Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld dunked over an Iraqi Army tank supposedly containing Uranium? You'll be surprised to know that the DoD had to pay the NBA to present that display!
- •Utah Jazz - Testing NightIn the early 2012/13 NBA season, the Utah Jazz held a special "Testing Night" where fans were treated to a spate of high level non-lethal crowd control techniques as part of a Defense Department testing regimen. Side effects are still being reported.
- •Seattle Seahawks - Draft NightAt an early home game in 2015, the Seattle Seahawks held a "draft" night where all fans in attendance between the ages of 18 and 30 were conscripted into military service!