Lucrative NFL’s tax-exempt status, demand for state and local money rankles lawmakers

by Joseph Weber,
December 8, 2013

The NFL’s tax-exempt status is, as the refs might say, “under further review.”

Despite having grown over the decades into an estimated $9 billion-a-year operation, the NFL retains a non-profit status, just like trade associations and chambers of commerce.

The status, dating back to the 1960s, was granted to help the once-fledgling operation get started and applies only to the league’s so-called “front office” — which is run like a non-profit in that it collects dues from its 32 teams to pay for such operational costs as referees’ salaries, the college draft and executive paychecks.

But critics argue that hugely profitable sports enterprises — including those that frequently strong-arm taxpayers into financing their multi-million dollar stadiums — should get no such benefit.

The lone Capitol Hill lawmaker pushing for the change is Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, a fiscal hawk whose annual “waste-book” draws attention to the NFL exemption and millions of dollars in other potential government waste.

2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    I agree with modernminuteman. If they can’t make it on their own with their overpriced tickets and tentacles of other income streams, let them go down the chute, like we should have with the banks and auto companies.

  • modernminuteman says:

    I don’t think the NFL needs anymore breaks. Especially when they partner with Obama in attacking the 2nd amendment by way of idiots like Bob Costas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Keep the Fake News Media in check.

Don’t let the MSM censor your news as America becomes Great Again. Over 500,000 Americans receive our daily dose of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness along with Breaking News direct to their inbox—and you can too. Sign up to receive news and views from The 1776Coalition!

We know how important your privacy is and your information is SAFE with us. We’ll never sell
your email address and you can unsubscribe at any time directly from your inbox.
View our full privacy policy.