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Petition to National Football League, PepsiCo, CBS

Ask Metallica to be the musical act for the halftime of Super Bowl 54

For nearly 38 years Metallica has broken down walls and led from the front in the heavy metal/hard rock genre. They are the undisputed kings of heavy metal and responsible for bringing the art form into the homes of millions around the world. Nobody sought them out, they forced their way in and continue to be an unstoppable monster of sound and energy to this day. Their songs are anthems in NFL and major sports stadiums across the country.  They've won Grammy's, they've headlined every festival around the globe from Glastonbury to Lollapalooza. They've sold over 115 million records worldwide and have a consecutive streak of #1 chart debuting albums that spans their last six full length releases. They were first ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. Quite frankly, there's nothing they haven't done or accomplished which is why it is with zero trepidation that I make the bold statement that it is absolutely stupefying that these American pioneers of rock have not been involved with a Super Bowl halftime to date and it is time for that to change. "The Night Before" for Super Bowl 50 was great, but now it's time to headline halftime and it needs to happen at Super Bowl 54! It's time. It's time for the sugar-pop and candy artists to step aside in favor of real American metal. It's time to put a band (you know, one that actually plays instruments and does it well) on the field and let them plug in and do their thing. We don't need pop-tarts on mechanical tigers giving us flash and no substance, we need amps and drums cranked up and played with power and emotion. We don't need wannabe "rockers" ripping of their shirts. It's time. Give America what it wants and needs. Metallica will not let you down. I guarantee it.  

Jason Long
69,482 supporters
This petition won 5 years ago

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
427,375 supporters
Started 10 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
33 supporters