At different times during my thirty-year career in the advertising industry I had job responsibilities packaging, selling, or buying sports sponsorships. When word came out about the objections to the monies the military was spending to (as some put it) buy patriotism, I realized that once again many of our leaders don’t know what the heck they are talking about. Sports sponsorships and events at games are a very effective way of marketing, especially for a marketer looking to reach young people like the military. If one is going to give money to the various military services to advertise/attract volunteers then the members of congress should leave them alone and let them spend it!
Thats why I was very interested in the post below which was written by Steven A. Castleton for ConservativeByte, and I believe you will enjoy it also:
When it comes to discussing the relationship between the Department of Defense and Professional Sports, Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake have fumbled the ball.
There has been a lot of talk about why the Baltimore Ravens received more money from the Military than any other team. If our politicians would open their eyes and look at the poverty, unemployment, and rate of homelessness in the great city of Baltimore, they will realize that joining the military might be the only way many high school graduates would ever get a college education, job, or roof over their heads.
They talk about the cost of flyovers; borrowing a line from Mitt Romney, the “net net cost” is actually zero for most flyovers. Being that the flight time for pilots and crews that are doing flyovers at most sporting events counts towards their required proficiency or training hours, does it make more sense to do these flyovers over the ocean where the only ones applauding are dolphins and seals or over a professional sports stadium where the applause is from 70 to 100,000 proud Americans.
I personally know many pilots, as I am sure Senator McCain does, who said they decided to become a fighter pilot when they saw military jet fly overhead at a sporting event.
Over the years I have done about 18 Military Appreciation Days. I have three children in the armed forces. I have done the military pre-game activities for the 2013 MLB All Star Game, 2015 Game 3 of the World Series, 8 Military Appreciation Days for the New York Mets, Military Appreciation Days for the NY Islanders, Military and Law Enforcement Appreciation Days for the New York Jets, 2 Military Appreciation Days for the Houston Texans, arranged the flyover for the 2012 MLB All Star Game Home Run Derby and more. A few years back, when The Congress cut The Navy’s funding for Fleet Week. Thanks to the New York Mets, we were able to put on a massive Military Appreciation Day and mini Fleet Week. I will tell you later how much all of the above cost the military.
I ask Senators Flake and McCain did they do their due diligence on why the military had all of those expenses? If so they will find out that some of the events were for troops that just returned from deployment and for some about to leave their families for a year.
What the Senators need to do its compare the $100,000.00 expense for the military to what $100,000.00 would have bought for a company such as Verizon or Ford. They will see that the military received almost 4 times the value. The way the agreements are written, they INCLUDE all the free add ons. Add on’s that they military DID NOT pay for but received. Such as throwing out the first pitch, promotion ceremonies on the field etc.
Yes I am sure there is some waste; I personally would not buy soccer tickets!
When the military wants to cut wasteful spending, congress tells them “just spend the money”.
According to a report by the Citizens for Government Waste, “Congress approved $120,000,000 for the continued upgrade of the M1 Abrams tank to the M1A2SEP variant. Over the objections of senior DOD officials, members of Congress have for many years been earmarking funds for the M1 upgrade program. Although the tank plant is located in Lima, Ohio, its suppliers are spread across the country, which helps to explain the widespread support.
In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on February 17, 2012, Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno told Congress that the U.S. possesses more than enough tanks to meet the country’s needs. In fact, the Army has so many M1 tanks that 2,000 of them are parked in a California desert.
The army intended to retrofit the remainder of the 2,384 M1 tanks it needs by the end of 2013, after which it would delay the program until 2017, saving taxpayers $3 billion. During this timeframe, the DOD would focus on designing the next generation of tanks, which would be better equipped for the changing nature of warfare. Intended to take on other tanks, the M1 Abrams proved susceptible to asymmetric tactics, such as improvised explosive devices employed by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. General Odierno stated that warfare has changed, since “we don’t believe we will ever see a straight conventional conflict again in the future.”
Legislators increased the earmark for this unwanted program by $30 million from FY 2014, and hinted at a parochial incentive for its continuation: The funding would be used to “maintain [the] critical industrial base.” There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned jobs program disguised as national security.
Since FY 1994, there have been 38 earmarks for the M1 Abrams program, requested by at least 13 members of Congress, costing taxpayers $908.6 million. As Congress continues to ignore the DOD, taxpayers will continue to foot the bill for upgrades to what Gen. Odierno described as “280 tanks that we simply do not need.”
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