You read that right. A privately owned National Football League team is getting $130,000 of taxpayer money in order to popularize Obamacare. According to documents obtained by Judicial Watch, the state of Maryland paid $130,000 to the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens in order to push the failing health care law and website.
The official contract (download here) states that the Baltimore Ravens were to be paid the amount on September 9, 2103. “”In consideration for the Products and Services provided hereunder, Sponsor shall pay to the Ravens a total of One Hundred Thirty Thousand dollars ($130,000)(the “Fee”) in cash” for television, radio, website, and signage exposure.”
The Ravens and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange agreement came as a surprise to the NFL, who said that would not promote Obamacare back in June.
I am surprised that Maryland got off that cheap! Do you know how much it costs to get a license to sell the NFL product line?
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote an email to the Washington Post stating that the league had not made any commitment to the Obama administration.
“We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation,” he wrote.
Following the lack of support from the NFL, Maryland officials appealed directly to the team.
One wonders, since the Obamacare website, Healthcare.gov, is performing so poorly, why would any successful business want to have anything to do with it?
I would hope that the NFL would step up and create a policy not to be involved in the promotion of government policies and then remove the Ravens from the league. I suppose that is wishful thinking.
So the Super Bowl champs will be peddling the un-Affordable Care Act for a measly $130K across radio, TV, their website and social media and in their newsletters. Somehow, I think this is going to backfire on them.Don't forget to Like Freedom Outpost on Facebook and Twitter, and follow our friends at RepublicanLegion.com.