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Packers: Military sponsorships common among NFL teams


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- The Green Bay Packers organization says it hasn't tried to conceal National Guard or other sponsorships for military events at Lambeau Field.

The announcement follows a recent criticism of the New York Jets by a U.S. senator. Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona claims the Jets accepted money from the New Jersey National Guard for military appreciation events and didn't disclose that they were sponsored.

Press-Gazette Media reports Flake also criticized the Department of Defense for using taxpayer money to enter into marketing agreements with any entity.

The Wisconsin National Guard said it has a longstanding relationship with the Packers and entered into a marketing campaign with the team to aid in recruitment, retention and awareness of Guard activities.

Federal reports show the Packers received more than $833,000 from the National Guard over a five-year period.

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