Decision Maker Response
Bryan Steil’s response
May 9, 2014 — 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 National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball’s decision to give up their nonprofit status is an interesting argument in your case.
As you mentioned, Senator Tom Coburn has introduced legislation to address this issue. You may be interested to know that Representative Jason Chaffetz has introduced H.R. 3965, the PRO Sports Act, which serves as the House companion to Senator Coburn’s legislation. This bill would amend the Internal Revenue Code to remove professional football leagues from the list of tax-exempt organizations. Currently, H.R. 3965 is pending in the House Committee on Ways and Means. As a member of this committee, I will certainly keep your thoughts in mind.
I appreciate your sharing your opinions, and I will continue to monitor this issue closely. Should legislation that would revoke the tax-exempt status of the NFL reach the House floor, I will keep your thoughtful concerns in mind.