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Super Bowl Champs Get $130,000 to Promote Obamacare

Super Bowl Champs Get $130,000 to Promote Obamacare

OCTOBER 22, 2013

The professional football team that won this year’s Super Bowl is getting $130,000 from American taxpayers to promote Obamacare, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch this week.

The deal was secured on September 9 between the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL) and Maryland health officials. The White House has tried recruiting professional sports leagues—especially the NFL and the National Basketball Association (NBA)—to help promote the president’s healthcare law but they have declined.

In fact, the NFL confirmed months ago that it would not participate in the Obamacare public relations campaign, offering the media this written statement: “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.” Washington D.C.’s mainstream newspaper called it a “blow to the administration.”

But Maryland officials evidently appealed directly to the home team, announcing in early September that the Ravens would help market the state’s Obamacare exchange known as Maryland Health Connection. Both parties refused to offer specifics when the deal was initiated and Judicial Watch filed a Maryland Public Information Act request for details.

In a “Sponsorship Agreement” between the Maryland Health Connection and the Ravens, the state will pay the Super Bowl champs $130,000 to push Obamacare on television, radio, the team’s official website, its newsletter and in social media. This includes the Ravens Report Show on cable TV and a number of pre and post-game radio segments as well as Facebook and Twitter plugs.

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  • C WD

    Uh oh: Watch out. The IRS may come after you if you don’t comply now. Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmm.

  • ROBFROM MD

    Born & bred in Baltimore and my heart is aching. I’ve already sent emails to the Ravens stating my anger at this ridiculous decision.

  • ditka65

    I cant believe an AMERICAN FOOTBALL TEAM LIKE THE RAVEN’S would support such a GOVERNMENT SCAM, that is helping to destroy the AMERICA they play FOOTBALL for, it is disgraceful, disgusting, and a blow to the AMERICAN PEOPLE, I hope they change their minds before they find out how bad they have blown the minds of FOOTBALL people everywhere, to step up and support something as malicious and dysfunctional to the AMERICAN people, they should not be allowed to fly the AMERICAN FLAG, as they have disgraced what it stands for, FREEDOM TO CHOSE AND NOT BE FORCED BY A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT INTO WHAT WE THE PEOPLE SHOULD DO OR NOT DO!!!!! LONG MAY IT WAVE OVER THE LAND OF THE FREE, AND THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!!!!!

  • Phillyfarmer

    I’m for a boycott of the whole NFL if they proceed to help Obama deceive americans.

  • the itch

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    Mike Ditka, Bill Parcells and Jimmy Johnson could go on a 57-state tour with Barack to sell ObamaCare to football fans and it wouldn’t make a hoot of difference.

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  • TinaRocha

    Well, Mr. Rooney from the Pittsburg Steelers made an arse out of himself at Heinz Field and now the Ravens. Keep politics out of football. The Steelers and the Ravens can hardly claim success this season so it’s kind of appropriate they would support a filed game plan but more importantly they’ve lost my viewership.

  • srclifton68

    Here is yet another example of the administrations desperate attempt at pushing another social program as they continue to do so with welfare. In what world do we think that the government can run anything effectively or efficiently? All of the current government socail program, such as social security, Medicare etc.., through time has been severely overburden with fraud and corruption. As we widdle down more and more of our individual right we will not even recognize that we have any rights at all. People are very ignorant to believe that this country could and would not fail and if you believe that yourself you are defiantly the problem and not the solution.

  • ia

    Professional sports should be off hands to politicians. NFL, NBA, ABL teams were right to reject offers to promote government policy regarding chaotic Obamacare. Shame on Ravens to accept tax payer money to promote Obamacare. Bad karma will follow Ravens, and I will root for any team but Ravens!

  • The Bagwan

    Unless the management of the NFL Ravens has gone totally brain dead, they and every other professional sports organization should stay out of politics and stick to football period. That includes gay marriage. Obama is not someone they want to sleep with.

  • UnclePete1946

    For a team that has a payroll in the tens-of-millions, why would they sell their souls for a measly $130,000? If they truly believe in the abortion known as the Affordable Healthcare Act, (AKA ObamaCare) they should do it for free. They should all follow by example and sign up.

    This is another reason why I will ALWAYS root for the opposition teams. Lose Raven, Lose!
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  • cmcapc

    I would also like to remind the Commissioner or was it the Commissar, that given a year or two, Obamacare will outlaw football because of the risk of injury and medical costs, or are the fellas in the NFL exempted from Obamacare while they’re active players, because many of the ex-players don’t have insurance when they leave the league, just a whole lot of injuries.

  • cmcapc

    donzee, I agree with you, I would only add that the real problem with Obamacare is that it is a mandatory something that no one wants or needs.

  • dontauditme

    Truly a publicity stunt with a 9 year old mentality. “If I get a football team everyone will like it.” Thank you for wasting more of my money. NO WE CAN’T

  • jdmckelvey2004

    I’m done with the NFL – have been half-done for several years – but now???? They are idiots in empty suits. They are just political pawns used by corrupt politicians. If they aren’t smart enough to hold their organization together as an independent business without kissing obama’s ass, they don’t deserve an audience or advertising money.

  • Zaichata

    @bob570 Wed, 10/23/2013 – 10:47AMI’m glad the Steelers whooped the ravens good last week.——————— Whooped them good? They won on a last second field goal. And why are you glad? The beloved Rooneys already hosted an event for Obamacare at Heinz Field, which makes them as bad as the Ravens. Phooey.

  • Maryland here..

    I feel sick at reading this. I am a diehard Ravens fan and it sickens me that they would even consider representing this atrocity! It’s wrong on absolutely every level. Who ever ok’d this in the Ravens organization (Pursued this even?) owes us all a big explanation! There is NOTHING okay about this!

  • logantyler

    Just heard that the Washington Redskins donate 97% of their political contributions to republicans which says volumes about why they are being hammered over their name and the Ravens get a bunch of our tax money for playing ball with Obama. Just another example of how he rewards his buddies and punishes his enemies.

  • donzee

    Starting to look like Dick Morris and some others are right.

    The problem for Obama isn’t the gltiches…the problem is that Obamacare is
    something that no one wants or needs.

    If this is the case, it’s a political knock out punch to Obama’s chin.

  • cheeda

    we really should start a facebook and twitter feed asking for NFL boycotts this Sunday and until the sports franchises and Administration part ways.

    sports should not be just another useful idiot for the Administrations policies.

  • bob570

    I’m glad the Steelers whooped the ravens good last week.

  • MrsFudd

    NO. This is wrong. Sports is for competition and entertainment, not political posturing. Obama has no shame – this man will do anything to promote his Nazi-health care plan that will bankrupt this country and kill thousands. Shame on the Ravens for taking this money and being used as dupes for this lousy president. SHAME!

  • Beerworth

    Obama-FAIL rules!!!!!

  • orangeeye13

    reply to “Guitta Dabe comment”…yeah,,and I love sports…but it would be so entertaining and so incredible if we could wake the world and ALL boycott a Sunday coming up!!!…Show them that the people are the boss and not the elitist fart faces that think they own us all!..

  • orangeeye13

    This is a deliberate and “desperate” tactic that eventually is funded by our taxpaying wallets. It use to be, “I am going to Disnworld”,,,..now it is,,..hail Satan”…cough…I mean “Obama care”…This is just a microscope of the rest of the wasteful schemes conducted by our “loved” obama regime….I am a bartender and will cleverly spread the word… TY Judicial Watch.org….

  • Guitta Dabe

    If this is true, it’ll be a good reason and hundreds of thousands of others to boycott all of the NFL, not just the Baltimore Ravens. For $130K! Are they really this stupid?