The House yesterday approved a plan that would ban military sponsorships of race car, wrestling and fishing eventsWhy would Republicans support this? I'm sure the military will tell you that sponsorships in NASCAR are a tremendous recruiting tool. The NASCAR fans are very patriotic and love seeing the various military branches represented in sponsorships on the cars.
The sponsorship ban was a bipartisan amendment backed by Rep Jack Kingston R-GA and Rep Betty McCollum D-MN
The Pentagon will spend $80 million this year on sponsorships like for Dale Jr; $136 million in past five years
I can see restricting the amount spent on such sponsorships, but banning them outright seems to be a classic case of overkill.
And this won't help NASCAR which has already been hit hard by the poor economy. Ticket sales are down, and although they still draw a huge crowd, it's not like it was a few years ago.