The NFL, more than any other American sport, attaches itself to the imagery and symbolism of war and the U.S. military. Tributes for troops before and during games are common, as are reunions between family members separated by active duty. Oversized flags, soldiers in uniform, soldiers with guns — it’s all there

But it turns out these displays of patriotism and appreciation haven’t just been the NFL trying to do what it considers a good thing. Rather, the Department of Defense has given millions of dollars to sports leagues for what is now being being called “paid patriotism” — in other words, subtle military advertising embedded in professional sports games with no disclaimer about who is funding the breathless pageantry Read more…

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NFL will return ‘paid patriotism’ money to Department of Defense