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Galaxy was among teams that got U.S. funds for displays of patriotism

Galaxy was among teams that got U.S. funds for displays of patriotism

Three years ago, the Galaxy agreed to honor five high-ranking Air Force officers before a home game and also facilitate a seven-minute enlistment ceremony on the field for 500 recruits before another game.

These weren't altruistic displays of patriotism. Instead, they were part of a $20,000 advertising contract between the Galaxy and the Air Force that included hundreds of general admission tickets and four season sideline passes.

The Galaxy and California's three NFL franchises are among the teams that the Department of Defense paid an estimated $6.8 million over the past four years for such patriotic events, according to a report by Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, two...

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