The state of Maryland is paying the Baltimore Ravens, defending Super Bowl champions, $130,000 to promote President Barack Obama's signature health care program, according to documents unearthed by a watchdog group.
The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch this week through a open records request, reveal the NFL franchise is being paid by the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange to promote the controversial program riddled with online glitches.
"In consideration for the Products and Services provided hereunder, Sponsor shall pay to the Ravens a total of One Hundred Thirty Thousand dollars ($130,000)(the "Fee") in cash..." the document says.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown (14) runs after a catch during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. The Steelers won 19-16. (AP/Gene J. Puskar)
The sponsorship agreement, posted online Tuesday, shows the two parties entered into the agreement on September 9th and appears to allow state officials to push the health care program on television, radio, on social media platforms and even the team's website.
It was previously announced the two parties had struck a deal, but both the NFL and Ravens had refused to disclose details.
A spokesperson for the Baltimore Ravens was not immediately available for comment to TheBlaze Tuesday evening.
Earlier this year, the NFL announced it would not participate in the Obama administrations public relations campaign to promote the new health care program.
“We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about [the health-care law’s] implementation," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email.
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