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Dan Snyder’s taken his habit of exploiting the military for personal profit to a whole other level lately, just as he finds demand for Redskins tickets plummeting.
In June, for example, Snyder started soliciting soldiers and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, sending an announcement out to local bases that told service-connected people: “This is the first opportunity to purchase Season Tickets without being on a waiting list!” Snyder offered the military and DOD folks a $100 discount off the price of season tickets. ‘Course, that $100 would go to what Snyder has long called an “account activation fee” that he charges for every season ticket sold. Snyder’s customers, civilian or military or whatever, get absolutely nothing for that $100, making the charge one of the sneakiest fan gouging techniques mankind has yet devised. (The Skins’ mythical waiting list ranks high on the sneakiest-ever roster, too.) Then the Skins organized a meet-and-greet through the Best Buy outlet inside the Pentagon just a few weeks ago.
But Snyder just dialed the shameless knob up to 11, when he announced that “Redskins Military Appreciation Day!” would be held this Sunday at FedExField. A more honest name for the event would be: “For Crissakes Would SOMEBODY Please Buy Our Tickets Day!“
Snyder did his poorest job yet of hiding his real intentions. Check out the official invitation to “Redskins Military Appreciation Day,” (posted after the jump, click for larger image): It asks for basic personal information, though nothing about military affiliation, then delivers the $64,000 question: “Are You Interested In Redskins Season Tickets?“
Actually, to be fair, that’s a $6,950 question, if we’re talking about a pair of “Dream Seats” plus parking. In any case, nothing says “Thanks for your service!” quite like a sales pitch for stuff nobody else has bought.
Good golly, this is awful. I’m reminded of the most famous quote to come out of most famous Congressional hearings of the mid-20th Century, when Sen. Joe McCarthy, caught using the military to score personal points, was asked: “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”