NFL steps into politics, fights tax cut bill with no stadium bond breaks

by Jeff Mordock
November 17, 2017

The NFL has come out against House Republicans’ tax cut bill, putting the league out on a political limb even as it deals with the fallout from national anthem protests.

Other big pro sports leagues are staying out of the fight, but a spokesman for the National Football League said teams don’t want to lose a special tax break that allows them to use tax-free bonds to build stadiums.

The NFL says it deserves the break because new stadiums create jobs.

“You can look around the country and see the economic development that’s generated from some of these stadiums,” Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary for President Clinton and now an NFL spokesman, told reporters on a conference call last week, according to Reuters.

12 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • John Wirts says:

    Millionaire unpatriotic players, Billionaire owners and commissioner, and they DEMAND TAXPAYERS float interest free bonds for their stadiums! Go pound sand! you can well afford to pay for your own stadium! If any taxpayer money is used for a stadium the team should pay rent for each usage of the taxpayer stadium. how many public venues have been taken over by private corporations due to insufficient income to keep the venue open with more taxpayer monies required?

    1. Bill Horgan says:

      Amen, John. Could not have said. It better. Thank. You!

  • Humble Servant says:

    I don’t think the majority of the people under $100 a year really care about the NFL suffering a little tax seeing how they struggle daily to make ends meet and all the wealthy owners and players are cying for more.

  • ccblogging says:

    How’s the reality check NFL? Build your own stadiums now!

  • That’s why Roger Goodell demands a pay raise of $50 million and lifetime free air travel. He has a lot ahead of him.

    1. Correction: He has a lot of work ahead of him.

  • ch says:

    He is right, building a new stadium does create jobs for the contractors. However, it will still create jobs if the NFL has to pay for itself rather than stiffing the taxpayer for their playing field. What does the taxpayer get out of it? The right to pay an outrageous ticket fee, gouged by the food vendors and be able to watch babies kneel for our national anthem and disrespect our veterans, country and flag.
    Not worth it. Take the tax break away from them.

    1. Maxx says:

      Absolutely correct. But the NFL is NOT the only professional sports organization that is ripping off the taxpayers. The NBA, NHL, baseball all use “blackmail & intimidation” to get cities to kick in for their “play pens”. The average percent of populations that actually attend these sporting events is less than 1%. And don’t forget that 1% still pays for the tickets to get into the venue. Professional sports is like a giant “crime family” that the government allows to operate.

  • Big Ed says:

    The NFL dislikes a tax bill that disallows tax breaks for new stadiums. Who would have thought? It has been a wonderful thing for the various owners-they have been able to torque extra benefits from the cities where they do business, and if they don’t come across they threaten to relocate to a new government subsidized stadium in another city. Today, the Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Rams and Las Vegas Raiders are all taking advantage of these subsidies. Screw the fans in San Diego, St. Louis and Oakland-they could have given in to the demands for greater profits and kept their teams. One has to wonder where in the Constitution it talks about keeping our sports teams in majestic venues.

  • cliff says:

    If the OVERPAID SPOILED CHILDREN want another new stadium, let THEM give up some of their MILLIONS and build it themselves. We the TAXPAYERS are TIRED of getting stiffed so the “kiddies” can have new “playgrounds” and continue to disrespect OUR FLAG, OUR COUNTRY, and the VETERANS that put their BUTT on the line to keep this country FREE, and make it possible for them to “earn” their high pay to chase a ball.

    1. Bethony Sproles says:

      Sounds correct to me. It doesn’t really create steady jobs. Only when the weekend warriors show up. They need to stick to playing football. The owners are the ones crying as the players don’t foot the bill for any of it. They just reap the rewards.

      1. Maxx says:

        And don’t forget who pays for the “wasted college scholarships” given to the pre-professional gladiators that never use the education. These guys are pretty much coddled usually starting in high school. Of course the universities use the athletes to fill their coffers. Wanna be professional athletes should be put into the military as their training ground not using up scholarships that could be used to train people that would actually benefit society. Or make the leagues provide the initial training after high school with operations of their own that they pay for not the taxpayers.

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