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Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League ~ PETITION ~ PLEASE SIGN!


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Carrie
- 1752 days ago - change.org
In the last few weeks, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Maria Cantwell, and Sen. Harry Reid have all thrown their support behind legislation to change the NFL's tax status. You can be part of the growing movement demanding that Congress revoke the NFL's tax-exempt



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 12:56 pm
Noted and Signed.
Thank you Carrie
 

David C (75)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 1:35 pm
already done. thanks.
 

Kamia T (89)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 1:41 pm
Noted and signed. There is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON a profit-making body like the NFL should be tax exempt. Puhleeze. It's all about money there!
 

Connie O (45)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 2:35 pm
S + N
 

Bruce C D (89)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 2:38 pm
I'm not the football fanatic I used to be, although I still enjoy playing and watching the game. However, I've signed and noted. Here's a bit more background for people to make an informed decision:

The NFL has been classified as not-for-profit since about 1942. Then in 1966, lest there be any question, Congress amended the law to specifically list professional football leagues as 501 (c) 6 organizations — along with chambers of commerce and boards of trade. It happened as a result of horse trading with Congress that included an antitrust exemption for the NFL that helped it merge with the AFL, a rival league. In exchange, Congress received pledges from the NFL, including a promise to add a franchise in New Orleans.

However not all of the NFL’s money is tax-free. The NFL pays taxes for things like revenues from the NFL Network and merchandise deals under a separate company called NFL Ventures which is owned by the 32 teams.

Many including the NCAA, NHL and PGA Tour do have similar non-profit status. Major League Baseball gave up its non-profit status in 2007 and the NBA has never been tax-exempt.

“The NFL doesn’t seem to have anyone controlling them, or any kind of governing body that can put the brakes on them. Someone who could tell them ‘You’re being a bad actor,'” said Lynda Woolard, a New Orleans-based activist who started a Change.org petition to revoke the non-profit status. “I knew that fans weren’t going to boycott their team, because we all care so much about our teams. But I felt like Congress has some authority over them because of their tax-exempt status. And this seemed like the best way to send a message, was to hit them financially, with this pressure to take away their non-profit status.” Woolard’s petition has over 350,000 signatures, and several other petitions have sprouted out calling for the same thing.

There’s a few things going against any actual movement to take away the NFL’s non-profit status, said Professor Matthew Dallek, an associate professor of political management at George Washington University. “I think it’s very hard in this [political] environment to get anything of substance passed,” he pointed out. It’s also the middle of campaign season meaning that politicians are unlikely to do anything to upset their base — and despite recent struggles the NFL still remains incredibly popular.

And they’ve spent a lot of money to be popular in Congress. According to OpenSecrets.org, a blog that tracks political spending, the NFL has donated millions in campaign contributions to political leaders in the past few years and spent more than $1.6 million in lobbying Congress in the past 18 months.
 

Kay M (47)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 3:30 pm
Good Afternoon and thank you for the article ---which I noted and the petition ---which I signed --- We all need to pay our fair share--- There is nothing about the NFL that is NON profit -- they should pay taxes just like the rest of us-----PERIOD Sincerely Kay M.
 

Terrie Williams (798)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 3:34 pm
Previously signed and shared in private email, noted.
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 4:21 pm
Prev. signed
with 388,123 supporters
111,877 NEEDED

T.Y. Carrie
 

Vallee R (280)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 4:41 pm
Signed
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 4:41 pm
Signed & noted. Thanks, Carrie.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 4:44 pm
Signed and I also signed another petition elsewhere for this same thing. They need to pay their fair share of taxes. Enough with the money, greed and paying off politicians.
 

Mitchell D (82)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 5:16 pm
What Terrie said.
Congress has been a whore for sooo long!
 

Mary T (356)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 7:23 pm
Thank you Carrie - previously signed
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 7:55 pm
Happily noted and signed ~ Thank you Carrie!
 

S J (124)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 8:32 pm
thanks
 

Lady Suki (446)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 9:25 pm
Signed.
 

Katie & Bill D (107)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 9:27 pm
Signed and will do every time I see it
They have all of US taxpayer's taking care of all the businesses and we carry the load!
We are DONE! Make them pay their share.
Thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 9:50 pm
S & N. Thx.
 

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday September 27, 2014, 10:52 pm
Professional sports are entertainment and profit making enterprises. As such, they ALL should be paying taxes and not have an exempt status. And, no matter the sports league (baseball, hockey, football etc), they should all be treated the same.

Thanks Bruce for the background.

signed
 

M B (62)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 12:34 am
Signed, I agree with Lynn.
Interesting: "OpenSecrets.org, a blog that tracks political spending."
 

Alan Lambert (91)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 1:35 am
Signed and Noted, Thanks for posting
 

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 3:33 am
Signed,TY Carrie.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 4:51 am
Signed-thx Carrie
 

Kathleen M (208)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 8:19 am
Signed with comment and noted. Thanks for posting, Carrie, and Bruce for the backround info. All sports franchises seem to be rolling in $$$$. Giving tax-exempt status to these enterprises is beyond ludicrous! Needs fixin'!
 

Carole K (195)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 9:52 am
Noted & signed. TY, Carrie!
 

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 10:47 am
You have already signed the petition "Congress: Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League"

Absolutely disgusting. Then on top of it, the taxpayers are expected to foot the bill for building these arena's. I do not even like football, why must my tax dollars go to support this. Let them build their own stadiums from the sale of tickets, isn't like they are hurting for money. They just want more more and more.
 

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 11:41 am
I noted it with interest. It is not for me to sign a petition with regard to American taxes and the NFL not paying because it has a non-profit status (thanks for the background information, Bruce), but I'm disgusted by it all nevertheless. This needs fixing as soon as possible indeed.
 

Bruce C D (89)
Sunday September 28, 2014, 12:56 pm
While watching my home team, the Green Bay Packers, rout the Chicago Bears (GO, Pack!), it occurred to me that if all the pro football teams were like the Packers, a tax-exempt status might be justified. The Packers are owned by its fans; there is no owner, and no dividends are paid. It is the only such team like it in the NFL. Indeed, I don't believe there is any other professional team in any other sport like it in the U.S.--it is truly unique. Combined with its long history, its proud tradition of winning, and having the smallest market, making it the perennial underdog, the Packers are truly something special. All of which is why I've been a steadfast Packer fan for some 50 years, and why Packer fans are so loyal.
 
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