Nearly 25 percent of NFL’s owners paid $1 million each for Trump inauguration

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When it comes to politics, the politicians find plenty of different ways and means to extend a hand and ask for money. For presidents, the process extends beyond the victory and to the inauguration, which hinges on private citizens forking over cash to assist in the throwing of a party that happens with the rarity of the Olympics.

According to Politico.com and the Washington Post (via SportsBusiness Daily), seven NFL owners coughed up $1 million each for the Donald Trump inaugural committee. Seven-figure donors included Jets owner Woody Johnson, Jaguars owner Shad Khan, Washington owner Daniel Snyder, Patriots owner Robert Kraft (via The Kraft Group), Rams owner Stan Kroenke, Texans owner Bob McNair, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (via Glenstone Limited Partnership).

NFL Ventures separately gave $100,000 to the cause, which reportedly generated $106.7 million — twice the amount Barack Obama raised for his initial inauguration.

Apparently, the most beautiful piece of chocolate cake you’ve ever seen ain’t cheap.

39 responses to “Nearly 25 percent of NFL’s owners paid $1 million each for Trump inauguration

  1. $106 million–twice the amount of Obama’s– for an Inauguration that all observers (even FOX) agree was done on the cheap. Then we find out that the Inauguration Committee legally only has to report the amount raised, not how or where (or if) it was spent.

    Spicer said briefly that the remainder would be given to charity, then dropped it after more questioning. What charity was that?

  2. Is it newsworthy that 7 out of 32 NFL ownership group is supportive of a President? Did they go back and look at the number of owners in the NFL who donated to either of President Obama’s inaugurations? What percentage of billionaires in the US donated? Higher or lower than the number of NFL owners? Why is 21.875% ‘almost 25%’ and not ‘just over 20%’?

  3. It must be really hard for you to call him President Trump, Mike. It must make you feel nauseous. I love it. President Trump. It has a nice ring to it.

  4. If you don’t think those owners’ political affiliations have an impact on the league and its players, maybe those who think it’s “nobody else’s business” need to consider how this might play out over the next few years.

  5. What charity was that?

    Probably the Clinton Foundation.

    LOLOLOLOLOL…damn I almost said that with a straight face.

    BTW does that mean that 75% of the NFL owners DIDN’T paid $1 million each for Trump inauguration?

  6. phinland says:
    Apr 20, 2017 1:40 PM

    Florio we get it, you’re a liberal and you hate Trump. But you’re seriously dragging this site down with crap like this.

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    Seriously.

  7. Regardless of political affiliation, the real problem is the tax payers of D.C. (taxation without representation) are given a bill every four years to pay for a party almost none of them are invited to. All the extra police and security measures are absurdly expensive. Look at the lottery system they have for basic public education there and you can see the product of this waste.

  8. If you don’t like what Florio writes, why do you click on this site? You can get sports from plenty of other sites. Don’t you think he posts these articles because they get a lot of traffic as much as his personal politics?

  9. I can’t believe Zygi didn’t cough up. He and Trump have few peers at shortchanging their real estate partners. Just look at the court records.

  10. Am I missing something here? So the heck what!?!? It’s not public money. It’s their money. They can do whatever they want with it. Why is this news?

  11. Remember when you were on that seemingly endless crusade against the use of “Redskins?” Glad that’s over. Hopefully you can put the Trump hatred away in the same drawer soon.

  12. idontcareaboutyourstupidteam says:
    Apr 20, 2017 2:08 PM
    Am I missing something here? So the heck what!?!? It’s not public money. It’s their money. They can do whatever they want with it. Why is this news?

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    They can do whatever they want with the money? It seems that way at first glance, but unfortunately it’s not really true.

    Obama’s inauguration cost a little over $50 million and had 10 balls. Trump raised $106 million and had 3 balls. There was a much smaller crowd for Trump’s inauguration. So conservatively let’s say he has $50 million left over that is unaccounted for.

    Those billionaires cannot say they are giving money to an inauguration, then give it to Trump personally or to his campaign for 2020. It has to be accounted for. That’s the law. IT IS YOUR BUSINESS. YOU’RE A VOTER!

  13. The only reason I care is after they make these contributions to the extent they turn around and raise the following year’s ticket prices for the fans of their respective team. Those who say it’s the owners’ money and their business must not be paying the increased ticket and concession prices each year.

  14. to think, I come here to get away from the “Mainstream” media…. This site is really becoming more and more a personal crusade for personal beliefs. First it was the constant Redskin naming changing and now this. What happened to calling things right now the middle?

  15. Don’t you get it, Florio? PFT Planet LIKES remaining ignorant about the world they live in. It helps them sleep at night. Keep doing what you do, Mike. Haters are going to hate but we’re all going to pay for it.

  16. The 1% are really sticking together and sticking it to the rest of us. Anyone who still thinks Trump is going to help out the blue collar base that was brainwashed by FOX to vote for him, I’ve got some swampland in Kansas to sell you.

  17. Why did they donated exactly the same amount (1 mil)?

    -They got together and decided they’ll all just donate 1 mil each because its not too much for them and it’ll endear them to president. Although most already donate outside of this prearrangement.

    and/or

    -hoping the favor is reciprocated (getting rid of death tax could save trump and similarly wealthy owners billions)

    There are other reasons i just cant think of any….

  18. This is a list of some of the most hated and/or incompetent owners in the league…not exactly crème de la crème:

    Dan Snyder, Jerry Jones, Woody Johnson, Stan Kroenke, Bob “Osweiler” McNair…

    This list is as pathetic as the inauguration and lack of crowds were.

    Reminds me of Trump’s recent dinner guest list, Palin, Nugent, et al. B and C list at best.

  19. jjackwagon says:
    Apr 20, 2017 1:50 PM
    What charity was that?

    Probably the Clinton Foundation.

    LOLOLOLOLOL…damn I almost said that with a straight face.

    BTW does that mean that 75% of the NFL owners DIDN’T paid $1 million each for Trump inauguration?

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    They said ‘charity’.

  20. first of all to the politically driven, trump only won the electoral college. clinton won the vote.

    and to all you political nutballs on both sides of the aisle, the real point, which florio failed to note, is that the same people that didn’t want trump to join their club (after his foray in the usfl, etc) when the bills were for sale are now loyal contributors…..

  21. No dog in this race, I didnt care for either of the prime candidates. But I gotta say, what a huge waste of money. Really, if you are going to donate money to something, how about something that saves lives or helps out people that our government has forgotten, like disabled veterans? 1M for a ceremony thats over in a few hours?

  22. jjackwagon says:
    Apr 20, 2017 1:50 PM

    BTW does that mean that 75% of the NFL owners DIDN’T pay $1 million each for Trump inauguration?

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    If you are really sure of your math then I think that might be correct.

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