Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League
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Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

    1. Lynda Woolard
    2. Petition by

      Lynda Woolard

      New Orleans, United States

Despite the fact that it is a $10Billion/Year industry, the National Football League (NFL) continues to enjoy status as a non-profit organization -- meaning it doesn’t have to pay federal corporate taxes. 

The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $44 million a year -- earning more than the heads of companies like Coca-Cola and Wal-Mart. Through TV deals alone, the NFL has inked nearly $30 billion with various television networks. And so often, fans like you and me are asked to foot the bill for new stadiums through our own taxes.

Yet despite being the most profitable sports league in the entire world, the NFL does not pay federal taxes. 

The NFL should pay their fair share towards our economy! Just like Major League Baseball, which gave up its nonprofit status in recent years, as well as the National Basketball Association, the NFL should not be able to hide under a nonprofit status in order to avoid paying federal taxes. 

The NFL has methodically worked to shift all the power to their side, leaving players, employees and PARTICULARLY THE FANS little say in what goes on with the league. We deserve a say, but do not wish to boycott our teams! Therefore, we are calling on our elected representatives to revoke the tax-exempt status we bestowed upon the league half a century ago. Please sign this petition, and let Congress know that you want them to reconsider the NFL’s tax exempt status. 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 400,000 signatures
    2. More Senators Join the Cause to Strip the NFL of its Tax-Exempt Status

      Lynda Woolard
      Petition Organizer

      Two new bills have been introduced that would strip the NFL of its tax-exempt status:

      1. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced Tuesday that she will introduce legislation to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because of its refusal to address the name of the Washington Redskins.
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/nfl-owners-are-asked-to-force-redskins-owner-dan-snyder-to-change-teams-name/2014/09/15/cfcd58ce-3d18-11e4-b0ea-8141703bbf6f_story.html

      2. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation to strip several professional sports leagues, including the NFL, of their tax-exempt status. The bill, which is called the Securing Assistance for Victim Empowerment (SAVE) Act, seeks to raise $100 million over 10 years for domestic violence assistance programs.
      http://www.si.com/nfl/2014/09/16/tax-exempt-nfl-cory-booker-bill

      Earlier this year, Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced the PRO-Sports Act to address this issue on the premise that it is unfair to the American tax-payer. From Sen. Coburn: “Tax earmarks are essentially tax increases for everyone who doesn’t receive the benefit. In this case, working Americans are paying artificially high rates in order to subsidize special breaks for sports leagues. This is hardly fair.”
      http://inthecapital.streetwise.co/2014/01/31/the-nfl-is-tax-exempt-tom-coburn-and-angus-king-want-to-change-that/

      Please tweet them a note of support using the hashtag #SackNFLTaxBreaks.

      @cantwellpress
      @corybooker
      @tomcoburn
      @senangusking

      N.J. senator Cory Booker aims to strip pro sports leagues of tax-exempt status

      NFL Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) has introduced legislation to strip several professional sports leagues, including the NFL, of their tax-exempt status. The bill, which is called the Securing Assistance for Victim Empowerment (SAVE) Act, seeks to raise $100 million over 10 years for domestic violence assistance programs. The NFL's handling of domestic violence has come under intense scrutiny in light of multiple high-profile cases involving players, including Ray Rice, Ray McDonald and Greg Hardy.

    3. Decision-maker Paul Ryan responds:

      Paul Ryan

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the tax-exempt status of the National Football League (NFL). You raised some good points about why you believe the tax-exempt status of the NFL should be revoked. Specifically, your mention of the...


    4. Members of Congress Sign On to our Cause

      Lynda Woolard
      Petition Organizer

      Senator Tom Coburn, author of the PRO Sports Act that would bar sports leagues making over $10 million a year from claiming nonprofit status, was our lone champion for quite some time. However we can now report that Senator Angus King has signed on as cosponsor of Coburn's bill, and Congressman Jason Chaffetz has agreed to present the companion bill in the House. Additionally, Congressman Dave Camp, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has proposed a new tax reform plan that incorporates language from the bipartisan PRO Sports Act that would strip the NFL of it's nonprofit status. The fact that the #1 tax writer in Congress has endorsed our issue makes clear that our elected officials are hearing us and we have an opportunity to effect change!

    5. Reached 300,000 signatures
    6. Sports Fans Coalition Officially Endorses Our Petition

      Lynda Woolard
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for signing the petition requesting that Congress revoke the tax-exempt status of the NFL. Because you took action, we are seeing results. Our petition has won support from the Sports Fans Coalition, a bipartisan nonprofit organization that has officially endorsed our cause and will be lobbying Congress to support legislation that bars professional sports leagues making over $10 million in revenue from claiming a nonprofit status.

      I hope you will join me in taking the next step of establishing fan representation with the NFL by signing up to join the Sports Fans Coalition at www.sportsfans.org. We deserve to be heard, but it is only by sticking together that we have any power.

    7. Critics cry foul as NFL defends nonprofit status

      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

      NBC News covers the petition, and includes quotes from Lynda Woolard and Sen. Tom Coburn's office: http://www.nbcnews.com/business/legal-procedure-critics-cry-foul-nfl-defends-nonprofit-status-8C11412804

    8. Reached 200,000 signatures

    Supporters

    @PamGrier

    Oct 01, 2013

    I was not aware of this! FYI! Wow! https://t.co/WdgUJU629q

    Pam Grier
    553k followers

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    Oct 19, 2013

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    @asherroth

    Sep 23, 2013

    This is for that horrible holding call on 3rd and 4. http://t.co/b9Z0lKQTrC

    Asher Roth
    382k followers

    @Jehmu

    Sep 26, 2014

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    Jehmu Greene
    5.98k followers

    Reasons for signing

    • Eric Scarborough PHOENIX, AZ
      • 22 minutes ago

      I can't believe the NFL is a tax-exempt non-profit organization.

      It is patently absurd.

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    • Alan Gravett OTTUMWA, IA
      • about 2 hours ago

      Prime example of "corps" being given a pass to fleece the people. While we're at it how bout tax exempt hospitals?

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    • Kevan Vance MELBOURNE, FL
      • about 2 hours ago

      The power and privilege of the NFL is out of control. This is clearly a BUSINESS and therefore must pay appropriate taxes. How absurd that we have tolerated this hideous imbalance for this long.

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    • Christine Wallace LAS VEGAS, NV
      • about 2 hours ago

      if you operate your business for a profit (which includes GIANT salaries for the leaders of the NFL), you should pay your fair share of taxes like the rest of us. The only way to make sure everyone pays their fair share, visit http://fairtax.org and join the worthy movement!

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    • Andrea Chazin ST. LOUIS PARK, MN
      • about 3 hours ago

      The NFL is not a non-profit. They are for profit.

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