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Re: rodgers sounds off
I think you are spot on. Playing the anthem at sporting events started at a baseball game during WWI, owners noticed that it livened the crowd up and it caught on from there. After 9/11 the flag & anthem began to be more than ever, associated with the military & first responders. The military picked up on this and has paid the NFL millions of dollars for "patriotic displays" before games, which comes out of their "recruiting" budgets.