Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League
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Sen. Tom Coburn
Rep. Paul Ryan
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Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

    1. Lynda Woolard
    2. Petition by

      Lynda Woolard

      New Orleans, LA

Despite the fact that it is a $9Billion/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 $30 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


    1. 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...

    2. Members of Congress Sign On to our Cause

      Lynda Woolard
      Petition organiser

      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!

    3. Reached 300,000 signatures
    4. Sports Fans Coalition Officially Endorses Our Petition

      Lynda Woolard
      Petition organiser

      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 We deserve to be heard, but it is only by sticking together that we have any power.

    5. 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:

    6. Reached 200,000 signatures



    Oct 19, 2013

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    Oct 01, 2013

    I was not aware of this! FYI! Wow!

    Pam Grier


    Sep 23, 2013

    This is for that horrible holding call on 3rd and 4.

    Asher Roth

    Reasons for signing

    • Kiran Chitluri SEATTLE, WA
      • 1 day ago

      Non-profit status should not be abused for clearly for profit industries like sports.

    • P. Stacey Scott Durso NEW BRITAIN, CT
      • 3 days ago

      This is the problem, we face in Americanow. Originally we came to this country because we were being outrageously taxed. People seemed to have forgotten that fact. They allow corporations to get away with the most outrageous stunts. Hiding behind a non-profit status is a slap in the face to every hardworking tax paying individual in the U.S. If the sports fans had the brains to stop and think about the fact that they are supporting this behavior by attending and supporting the NFL , they would boycott until they payed there fare share. If any one individual pulled this B.S they would be in jail.

    • Samuel Zainer MADISON, WI
      • 3 days ago

      They are another big corporation disguised as people. They have ruined our economy and have killed many defenseless people over their years both in their sport and on the streets of the USA. The least they can do is pay taxes!

    • Douglas Gonzalez LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 7 days ago

      Fuck you NFL.

    • Rick Pittenger VERMILLION, SD
      • 8 days ago

      Seems only fair... churches are no longer exempt except for property tax...


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