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End the NFL's 'Charity' Tax Break -- TAKE ACTION!

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There's no reason sports fans or any other Americans should pay the National Football League's taxes. Professional sports leagues with billions in annual revenues don't need tax exemptions -- revoke the NFL's "nonprofit" status . . ."


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Ben O (140)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:24 am

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:30 am

From the petition:

"Why is this important?

Did you know that the National Football League is a nonprofit, and hasn't paid a dime in taxes since 1966? As a lifelong football fan, I was shocked to discover that I haven't just paid to watch games and bought NFL merchandise since I was 6 years old -- I've been paying higher taxes as an adult to make-up for the NFL's share.

Some of my best memories are football related. I remember standing in line in 1987 to get John Elway's autograph, and the famous Super Bowl XXXII dive. I love the parity of the NFL, and I believe the league provides an important service by ensuring that the league remains strong and that competitive games are well-organized. But that service doesn't justify the NFL being granted nonprofit status -- like soup kitchens and charities have -- that allows it to avoid paying taxes, especially as top executives are paid up to $29 million per year.

I was shocked to learn that the last time the NFL paid taxes was 1966, when lobbyists convinced Congress to pass an obscure provision that expanded the definition of 501(c)6 not-for-profit organizations in the Internal Revenue Code to include "professional football leagues." The 1966 law gave the NFL a way to skirt taxes, while also granting it an uncommon antitrust exemption allowing it to create a monopoly to negotiate TV rights at the same time!

Since then, the NFL has shelled out big money to keep its sweetheart deal. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the NFL has spent $2 million in campaign contributions since 1992 and spent $12.7 million on lobbying efforts since 1998, knowing that its fair share of taxes would be many millions more.

As Republicans in Congress vote to cut food stamps and obstruct the extension of unemployment benefits, it's time to highlight the hypocrisy of letting a multi-billion operation like the NFL get away with paying no taxes while they stick us with the bill. Though the NFL has successfully held back efforts to make it pay its fair share for nearly 50 years, Congress has the opportunity to change that by updating the Internal Revenue Code. Legislation to do just that was introduced last fall, but we need Congress to get behind it.

As the biggest game of the year approaches, millions of casual fans are paying more attention to football than at any other point in the year. Now is the perfect time to put pressure on Congress to revoke the NFL's nonprofit status"

Freya H (358)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:32 am
I have already signed a couple petitions on this issue, and will sign as many as it takes. The NFL regarded as non-profit? WTF? They are one of the most profitable organizations in the United States. It should not only be taxed like any for-profit institution - without any loopholes - but also pay back taxes on all its profits at least to the year of the first NFC-AFC Championship Game, aka Super Bowl I. Then we wouldn't have to cut food stamps!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:44 am
You bet I signed and like Freya, will keep signing these - Many thanks, Carole!

JL A (281)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:51 am
Mind boggling that we are asked to pay for their stadiums and that they also do not pay taxes on their income--seems like a bunch of freeloaders. There may have been reason in their fledgling years that is long obsolete--much like other subsidies intended to get an industry going (e.g., oil subsidies).

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:56 am

Your action has been submitted. Signed (from my email as well) shared on Tweeter and Face book.

I am a football fan, and in the past I owned great seats for Cowboy games. There is nothing about football that is non-profit and like the many very big and very profitable corporations that do not pay taxes; neither does the NFL. Every T-Shirt sold, every bag of popcorn, beer and hot dogs sold, the NFL gets a share of the profit. This is not a group suffering financial hard ships.

Pat B (356)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:00 am
Was JUST reading this about half an hour ago. Can't type what I was thinking at the time either. Thanks, Carole for this. Signed.!!!

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:00 am

I hope you do realize the cost of popcorn or soda, even water has a price at the stadium. Most stadiums are built with taxpayer money, just like road improvements. Shouldn't the taxpayer receive some relief by the NFL paying their fair share of taxes? I know what argument comes next, the price of seats will increase. Well, they can not increase much beyond where they are and still have humans sitting there.

divergent revolution (309)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:01 am
absolutely signed, unbelievable how the boy's club washes each others hands and slaps their backsides!

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:05 am

Yeah, I had signed some petitions on this subject previously . . . but in light of all the cuts to SNAP, and the non-renewal of unemployment benefits -- being reminded of this MADE ME FURIOUS!

This particular petition is advancing in signatures rapidly. It's gained tens of thousands more signatures just since I signed it this morning.

Good! Maybe that will provoke some action.


John Holton (344)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:08 am
S and N

Debbie G (306)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:20 am
Signed. Thanks, C.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:22 am

Recently, a friend shared a series of statistical maps with me.  One that truly shocked me was this one:

Infographic: Is Your State's Highest-Paid Employee A Coach? (Probably)


James W (257)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:22 am
The NFL should pay us to watch live or on TV

Franshisca Dearmas (89)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 8:33 am
Noted and signed. TY Just

linda b (186)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 9:18 am
Could'nt sign for US only but, good luck. Thanks Carole

Angelika R (143)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 9:28 am
Thx for posting, good on you Carole. I signed this weeks ago when I had it in email.(didn't post then assuming most others got it as well and already signed.)

. (0)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 9:48 am
Signed and Noted.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:14 am
S+S-thx Carole

Ann Welton (230)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:26 am
Noted, signed and shared on fb. Many, many thanks to Carole for posting.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:28 am

No surprise that when I saw that graphic, coaches in Texas are paid astronomical amounts, Wrap 2 and half teachers, teaching 30+ years and the coach is still paid more.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 10:49 am

Really, Kit? These coaches get paid more than even the Governor??

What is wrong with these state legislators' priorities???

More and more, I am convinced that we elect (and pay for) "representatives," based on promises known to please -- but not kept -- and they use their positions in power to hobnob with executives of large corporations and sports celebrities.

In the meantime . . back in the soon-to-be-foreclosed upon homes of their constituents, they are facing loss of unemployment benefits and SNAP allowances needed to feed their families.


Deb E (63)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 12:38 pm
Here's a link to a page that really explains this whole thing, as well, and shows just how much people are willing to get ripped off for the ability to watch their football games. Definitely signed.

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 12:50 pm

Thanks for that link, Deb. Very informative, indeed.


Katie & Bill D (107)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 1:01 pm
Signed * Thank You

Animae C (507)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 1:17 pm
Your action has been submitted.
73,018 of 75,000 signatures

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 2:08 pm
I signed, Thanks Carole for posting!

. (0)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 2:40 pm
Absolutely ludicrous. Big business like NFL gets a charity tax break! I'm sorry I'm laughing because it's absurd. Poor people aren't getting breaks of any kind. Who can use them more? TFU!! Thanks Carol, ty to those who posted links and ty Henriette for the fwd.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 3:28 pm
Signed! I know I signed a petition on this a month or so ago too..:)

Jae A (316)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 3:33 pm
Well it is said that charity begins at this case I'm guessing that phrase would be referring to the players and owners/staff homes huh. The 'cities' pay for their stadiums to play in and for most if not all of their maintenance cost ...they kill many other business located near them, not help them as 'their' promotions say/suggest and on and on....

Good thing none of them are in need of food assistance rograms/SNAP,they'd be up the public creek ,so ta say ......... sigh.....

S&N !

Ondine J (134)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 3:55 pm
Noted and signed. Bizarre!!

Evelyn Z (300)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:20 pm
Noted. I signed a few days earlier.
Thanks Carole.

MmAway M (514)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:35 pm
Thanks sweetie~xx Signed with a scrunched face at what goes on!

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:36 pm
Your action has been submitted. I too had signed a petition on this previously, and recall the shock at it all. Is any of the rich paying any taxes at all? I'll tell you talk about taxation without Representation, the poor and middle class certainly do not get represented in this Country anymore.

MmAway M (514)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 5:36 pm
BTW...Thank you Henriette for the heads up!

Sheila D (194)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 6:27 pm
Time they, and others, pay their fair share.

Kit B (276)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

Yes, Jae is correct the city of Arlington paid for two stadiums one across the street from the other, both huge and both have made living in the Arlington area nearly impossible. The traffic is a nightmare. I'm so glad I don't live in that area. One season is football the other baseball, fortunately for Arlington the basketball is downtown Dallas. There are more schemes against the public than one cares to think about.

Linda Moore (240)
Sunday January 26, 2014, 7:20 pm
Signed, noted, tweeted, shared!

Arild Gone for now (174)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:31 am

Edwin M (346)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:33 am
Signed, thanks Carole

Sheryl G (360)
Monday January 27, 2014, 6:27 am
Good link Carole left, disgusting though what has been going on and everyone so quick to point a finger at the struggling single Mother trying to raise her children or the grannies getting some help with Meals on Wheels and a small Social Security check. Tell me where in this society it isn't stacked against the women? Football and the likes reward the men, not even the women who do have leagues and play these games get the recognition.

I know all men are not riding high on the hog, but overall in this society, men still have the tables tilted in their favor. This tax free man's game is just one example of Patriarchy working for the male only and helps those women only if they get married to one of them. Pay your taxes you Corporate thieves and stop placing your boots on women's throats. I'm tired of the messed up Anne Coulter's telling other women all they do is whine because they want better services for their struggling families when we have this bull crap going on.

Ingrid A (524)
Monday January 27, 2014, 9:53 am

Abo r (107)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:11 am
Thanks Carole noted

Julie Botsch (12)
Monday January 27, 2014, 4:43 pm
Thank You. Signed and Noted.

Sheryl G (360)
Monday January 27, 2014, 5:49 pm
Aho to that. Be prepared that the more we speak out and stand up to them the more they will come down. But not to do so is to be squeezed ever more deeply until the life is drained out of everyone that isn't the 1% anyways. A bad Nation, Community, or a people will be at the mercy to obtain food or water, these Dark Hearts the Greedy No Hearts show no mercy.

Mandi T (367)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:16 pm

Your action has been submitted.

Michael Carney (217)
Monday January 27, 2014, 10:51 pm
Noted, and signed...Amazing!!!

Jim P (3247)
Thursday January 30, 2014, 11:02 am
Petition signed.

ty, "C".

Birgit W (160)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:31 am
My pleasure to sign, Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:33 am
Gladly signed. They need to pay their own tax! It is an outrage of all the money they rake in and charge for tickets and yet do not pay taxes like the rest of us do. This crap has to stop!

Mike M (40)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:35 am

Inge B (199)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:53 am


Terrie Williams (798)
Friday January 31, 2014, 11:17 am
Signed and shared in private email, noted.

Mitchell D (86)
Friday January 31, 2014, 1:17 pm
Been there, done that, also in private e-mail.
I was amazed, when I first found out about this, am going to check out that link.

Athena F (131)
Friday January 31, 2014, 1:20 pm
Charity, my eye. :P

Mitchell D (86)
Friday January 31, 2014, 1:30 pm
I'm not so sure about the point of the video that came with Deb's link, blaming big government, but the article certainly presents a sorry picture. NHL, Golf crap, what horse shit!

Barbara K (62)
Friday January 31, 2014, 3:06 pm
S & N, thanks, my friend. If they are making a profit, they (any business) is not a non-profit organization.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday January 31, 2014, 3:40 pm
Gladly signed. Noted. Many thanks for posting, Carole....and Dandelion for the link. I signed another one of these already, too....sorry I can't remember which group sent it.

Connie O (45)
Friday January 31, 2014, 4:30 pm
S + N

Ed Site Issues V (198)
Friday January 31, 2014, 6:17 pm
S&N, Thanks

SusanAWAY A (219)
Friday January 31, 2014, 6:59 pm
I've signed at least 3 of these petitions and may have signed this one, but it let me sign it again if I did. I was astonished when I found out about this. It's absolutely ridiculous that they have tax exempt status.

Noted, signed and shared

Carole Sarcinello (338)
Friday January 31, 2014, 7:03 pm

Yes, Susan, it's ridiculous to see that profiteering sports enterprises receives "charity" tax allowances . . . while unemployed heads of households must fight for SNAP and unemployment benefits in order to feed and maintain their families.


Sherri G (128)
Friday January 31, 2014, 10:23 pm
Signed and Noted. I just wrote Senator Boxer and mentioned this injustice. TY Dandeion

Fran F (116)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 12:24 am
The NFL's nonprofit status: what a scam! Petition signed and noted with pleasure, thanks Carole and Gloria.

Irene S (69)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 1:40 am

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 2:15 am
Of course I also took the action :)

Theodore Shayne (56)
Saturday February 1, 2014, 8:50 am

Candy L (473)
Sunday February 2, 2014, 10:12 pm
Thanks, Signed This One Already, Tweeted Again Plus many more

John B (185)
Monday February 3, 2014, 2:19 am
Thanks Dandelion for the action alert and to you Carole for providing the link. Signed and noted.
"Your action has been submitted."

Giana Peranio - Paz (398)
Monday February 3, 2014, 4:21 am
Noted and signed, thanks Carole.

Melissa W (229)
Monday February 3, 2014, 6:14 am
Noted & Signed - thanks!

lee e (114)
Monday February 3, 2014, 6:44 am
I'm one of the few who doesn't particularly care for football, nor do I particularly like pizza (what's wrong with me?) - living 2 blocks away from Times Square and witnessing first hand the capitalistic exploitation of these games - it's added insult to injury that this multi-billion dollar organization is "TAX-FREE" - I've seen the thousands upon thousands of cops we paid for during this week's fiasco, along with the imposition it created for native NY'ers!
I loved Renee Fleming's rendition of the National Anthem however :) And since my son lives in Seattle - I was happy they won!

Sheryl G (360)
Monday February 3, 2014, 8:31 am
Is a disgrace in times such as these as our Elders, Disabled, children and Veterans are being asked to do more with less and less that these people have the audacity to even file their taxes under this Non Profit status. These are the places you CUT......NOT the poor's poverty programs.

Gina Caracci (219)
Friday February 7, 2014, 8:27 pm
Someone said a beer at the superbowl is $17 ..WTH???

This is a bit off topic but i was blown away at this absurdity...I was talking with a tax lady and she said to do someones taxes who is on Social Security would be about $160!! I asked what about if someone was working? She said with two W2s it would be about $40...WTF??? THIS is the tax system we are dealing with!


Susanne R (236)
Saturday February 8, 2014, 11:48 pm
Thanks for posting this, Carole. And thank you, Sheryl, for the links to so many petitions!

Noted, and all petitions signed!

Phyllis P (237)
Sunday February 9, 2014, 1:53 pm
I've signed several petitions for this. Will do it again.

Judith Hand (55)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 7:00 am
Noted, signed, tweeted. I think their non-profit status is ridiculous!!!
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