A Waste? Alabama To Pay $75K To Use ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ On Signs

Alex Pappas | Political Reporter

In Birmingham, they love the governor.

And in Montgomery, they love the song enough to dish out some big bucks to use it to promote the state.

In a move raising some eyebrows, Alabama has agreed to a five-year deal to pay $75,000 to Universal Music to use Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” song title on state line and welcome center signs, according to the Associated Press.

Alabama will pay an additional $61,000 to make the signs.

Not everyone in the cash-strapped state is thrilled by the expenditure.

And one Alabama radio host raises a fair question about Universal Music, which owns the trademark.

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