Along with a swathe of other professional sports teams across the country, the Seattle Sounders have been named in the Paid Patriotism Scandal.
Sens. John Flake and John McCain have recently published damning evidence that the Pentagon has paid sports teams to the cumulative sum of $6.8 million for patriotic displays during sporting events.
You can read more about the scandal in general all over the internet, Bleacher Report and indeed all major sports outlets are covering it in detail. At Sounders Nation we are focussing on the Sounders.
Page 71 of the report highlights the Sounders involvement in Paid Patriotism. Specifically, they are stated to have received a total of $128,000.
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So what did the Sounders do? They sold advertising time to the Washington State Army National Guard on Sounders Vision during game days.
Perhaps many will consider the act of selling and indeed profiting from this is a touch unethical, but the Paid Patriotism report doesn’t really touch on this. In fact, it lists some of the Sounders activity as legitimate advertising and marketing:
Some of the findings in the Paid Patriotism investigation are a lot darker, including the team the Sounders share a field with – the Seattle Seahawks. These teams accepted money to host things such as Military Appreciation Night as well as other things.
It appears that the Paid Patriotism investigation is one that evokes many moral and ethical debates. Everybody will have a different judgement on each teams activities.
Thankfully, the Sounders although named, were only found to have accepted money for what appears to be legitimate advertising and marketing campaigns. We will leave it for you to decide if this is acceptable or not.