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Petition to Congress, Bryan Steil, Tom Coburn, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, NFL

Revoke the Tax-Exempt Status of the National Football League

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. 

Lynda Woolard
427,529 supporters
Started 5 months ago

Petition to AAF , NFL, Michigan, grand rapids, Detroit, Lansing , Ann Arbor

Bringing AAF Football to Michigan!

You may be asking yourself, what is AAF football? AAF stands for Alliance of American Football, which was announced in March by co-founders Charlie Ebersol and Bill Polian, the latter of whom spent decades working as an NFL executive. It is an eight-team league that exists to both complement the NFL during the offseason and showcase local, developing talent. Michigan needs an AAF team! The football starved Michigan needs a professional football team they can depend on! The Lions constantly leave Michigan hungry for more football and I believe an AAF team can help fill that hunger! Grand Rapids is a semi pro sports city that’s hungry for another team. Adding an AAF team to the Griffins and the Grand Rapids Drive would bolster Grand Rapids as Michigan’s second major sports city. Popular venues like Van Andel Arena could be remodeled to add an additional 100 feet respectively on the width and length of the arena floor to fit a full sized football field. There are many alternative fields they could play at such as UM, MSU, ECU, WCU, Fifth Third ball park, and many other fields the AAF could use outside of a Grand Rapids based team. Michigan needs AAF and could be a valuable expansion team. Team possibilities such as the, “Grand Rapids Gargoyles”, “Grand Rapids Motors”, “Grand Rapids Rhinos”, “Grand Rapids Rampage”. “Detroit Motorheads”, the possibilities are endless! Michigan’s economy is growing and continues to show rapid growth in tourism and entertainment. This suggests that an additional sports team that starts right before the largest vacation / traveling months in the year would have no problem sustaining 15,000+ in weekly attendance.     

Mitchell Abbott
30 supporters
Update posted 2 years ago

Petition to Vincent K. McMahon, Paul Levesque, wwe fan services

Induct Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish into the WWE HOF class of 2017!

Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish was the quintessential brawler who could match up with the very best grapplers in the history of Professional Wrestling! Bruiser Brody was old school. He was widely known for connecting with his fans in the crowd. He was arguably the most entertaining professional wrestler of his day.  After being discovered by fellow wrestler Ivan Putski in San Antonio Texas, Frank "The Hammer" Brody was on his way to Legendary status. After beating the famous Rocky Johnson (yes that Rocky Johnson) for the Florida State Heavyweight Title, Killer Kowalski saw him working and scooped him up and took "The Hammer" back with him to New York to begin working in the WWWF for the McMahon family. Soon after, Vince McMahon Sr. changed his ring name to "Bruiser Frank Brody" and the Legend was born!  Brody was alleged to have been in a shoot with minority owner & wrestler in the WWWF Gorilla Monsoon and Brody was given his walking papers. Actually, it was his flying papers because Brody found himself wrestling in New Zealand & Australia and he began to sharpen his craft! 2 years passed and Fritz Von Erich brought Brody back to the states. Brody would develop a friendship with the family & the promotion that would be his base for the next decade with the Von Erich's and World Class Wrestling. Now Brody's star was shining bright. He was an imposing figure, he was big & massive, he was powerful, vicious, he became more frightening with every "HUSS, HUSS, HUSS" he growled.  Brody became the biggest pro wrestling draw from territory to territory world wide seemingly overnight. His brawling style was hardcore before there was hardcore. He helped innovate the wrestling scene in countless ways from being known as one of the toughest men in the industry, to taking the action from the ring into the crowds, being a monster, refusing to job to anyone, to having creative control, to beating down his opponent until he earned Brody's respect, to not staying in one territory too long, to becoming one of the bloodiest bladers in the industry! Brody became a super hero of sorts, a super human while working in Japan in singles matches, or winning championships with tag-team partner & best friend and HOF'er Stan Hansen. Brody reached unparalleled success, fortune & fame working for Shohei Baba & Antonio Inoki in the land of many islands. He made his entrance to the ring to Led Zepplin's "Immigrant Song" as the Japanese looked in awe as Brody approached swinging his chain or 2x4.  Some of Brody's wildest, roughest, & bloodiest feuds were against Bruno Sammartino, Abdullah the Butcher, Kamala, The Funk brothers, Ric Flair, Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Giant Baba, Dick the Bruiser, Nick Bockwikel, Wahoo McDaniels, Black Jack Mulligan and many, many more. Bruise was the master at making the fans think & believe that what they saw was real! He was the most in demand wrestler of his era! Brody really understood the business. He had great psychology. He was always thinking about how to get the fans back week after week. His mic work could scare you or shock you with his eloquence. He was one of the greatest in-ring story tellers ever! He could get a near epic match out of who ever he faced!  It's safe to say that Bruiser Brody was the godfather of hardcore wrestling!  So, please join me in petitioning the WWE, and Vince McMahon to induct Frank "Bruiser Brody" Goodish into the WWE HOF class of 2017 !!!  We aren't stopping at 100 signatures, we want as many as we can possibly get! Lets get it done !!!  Finally, after signing the petition, please go to Facebook page"Bruiser Brody Hardcore Before There Was Hardcore" and join our awesome group. Please leave us a comment and let us know that you signed the petition. Thanks so much !!! Please sign this petition:  tweet @WWE and @VinceMcMahon,@TripleH #BestForBusiness, email fanservices@wwecorp.com, or call WWE Headquarters directly at (203) 352-8600 right now, or do both !!!

John Wright
783 supporters