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NFL = “Nonprofit Football League?”

Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted  a survey recently that found that most Americans have no idea that NFL has managed to get itself classified as a nonprofit for tax purposes. Only 13% of Americans are aware of the League’s “nonprofit” status.

NFL taxes

And, once told about this, the majority of people oppose these tax breaks: 69 percent don’t think public money should be used to build stadiums, and 71 percent are against tax breaks to keep an NFL team in town. Most people seem to struggle to reconcile the idea that a “nonprofit” with $9.5 billion in annual revenues should get special tax breaks at a time when libraries are closing, school lunch programs are on the chopping block, and unemployment benefits are no longer being funded.

Do you think it’s fair that the NFL hasn’t paid any taxes since 1966? If not, sign the CREDO Mobilize Petition and add your voice to the growing throng demanding justice. Better yet, whip out your laptop at your Superbowl party and get all your guests to sign it. It’s time to stop the zillionaire gravy train.

Currently, a bipartisan effort to amend the tax code is underway in Congress. Senator Tom Coburn, (R- Ok.)  recently announced he would be introducing a bill, the PRO Sports Act, that would tax any professional sports league that brings in at least $10 million per year, including of course, the NFL. So it wouldn’t hurt to contact your Representative and Senators, as well, and let them know you support this idea.

Rawrr! Let’s do this!

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71 Comments…

  1. Where do you line up for a license to print Tax Free Money??? I’m sure a lot of people want to know!??!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      I know, right?!!!! The International Olympic Committee isn’t paying a DIME! How do I get in on this gravy train?!

  2. Tony Caroselli says:

    Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a survey recently that found that most Americans have no idea that International Olympic Committee has managed to get itself classified as a nonprofit for tax purposes. Only 13% of Americans are aware of the Committee’s “nonprofit” status.

    And, once told about this, the majority of people oppose these tax breaks: 69 percent don’t think public money should be used to build Olympics stadiums, and 71 percent are against tax breaks to get the Olympics to play in town. Most people seem to struggle to reconcile the idea that a “nonprofit” with billions in even-numbered year revenues should get special tax breaks at a time when libraries are closing, school lunch programs are on the chopping block, and unemployment benefits are no longer being funded.

    Do you think it’s fair that the IOC hasn’t paid any US taxes since literally ever? If not, sign the CREDO Mobilize Petition and add your voice to the growing throng demanding justice. Better yet, whip out your laptop at your Olympics party and get all your guests to sign it. It’s time to stop the zillionaire gravy train.

    Currently, a bipartisan effort to amend the tax code is underway in Congress. Senator Tom Coburn, (R- Ok.) recently announced he would be introducing a bill, the PRO + AMATEUR Sports Act, that would tax any professional sports league that brings in at least $10 million per year, including of course, the IOC. So it wouldn’t hurt to contact your Representative and Senators, as well, and let them know you support this idea.

    Rawrr! Let’s do this!

  3. Johnnie Walker says:

    For the last time: THE NFL IS NOT A BUSINESS! IT IS A TRADE ORGANIZATION! All that money is already taxed! You want to tax it AGAIN!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      THANK YOU!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Here’s the easiest way to explain it: The NFL is to 32 American football teams as the American Medical Association is to the thousands of medical doctors in the United States. Neither of them are businesses. Neither of them operate for profit. Both represent and regulate businesses which are taxed. Both file as a 501(c)(6), which is nothing more nor less than a trade association.

      • The only difference you twit, is the fact the nfl is for entertainment purposes souly, while the AMA is to help patients find a physician, you know help save lives, when the hell has football saved someones life huh? Theres nothing else that football does other than you gettin a hard on cause your girl comes to watch the GAME with your favorite jersey on. You must be a child to compare the NFL to the AMA.

    • How the hell is not a business, they dont trade anything so how can it be a trade organization everything during the nfl is for marketing/business. Oh yeah ill trade you this foam finger, this jerset andd this hotdog for 70 bucks. If you ask me the nfl is one if the biggest scams to the American populations money. But its ok because its football right, i mean eeeeveerybody loves football right. No it not ok they are whats commonly known as sports marketing. If NASCAR can say they are a business, why cant the nfl admit it, trade organization my ass.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        There aren’t 32 separate NASCAR businesses operating independently and being regulated by a trade association. Yes, the American Medical Association is a trade association. The American Bar Association is a trade association. The Northeast Realtors Association is a trade association. The Motion Picture Association of America is a trade association. The National Hockey League is a trade association. And the National Football League is a trade association.

        The BUSINESSES are the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Baltimore Ravens, the Washington Redskins, the Carolina Panthers, the Atlanta Falcons, the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Dolphins, the Detroit Lions, the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Chicago Bears, the Indianapolis Colts, the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Tennessee Titans, the New Orleans Saints, the St. Louis Rams, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dallas Cowboys, the Houston Texans, the Denver Broncos, the Arizona Cardinals, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers, the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. They are all for-profit, and they all pay taxes.

        When somebody says, “The NFL makes $9 billion a year,” the reality is those 32 businesses collectively make $9 billion a year. And are taxed for it. Just like every other business. This is not that difficult a concept for anybody over the age of 9 to grasp.

  4. Pic says:

    @Tony Caroselli, when you say 7 NHL teams don’t pay US tax, are you referencing the Leafs, Senators, Canadians, Jets, Oilers, Flames and Canucks? They’re Canadian teams you goof. Why would they pay US taxes??

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      “Canadian?” What is this “Canadian” thing you’re talking about? You mean to tell me all the billions of dollars big hockey makes, and nearly a quarter of the league gets tax shelters for being something called “Canadian?” Sounds like some big money scam to me.

      • Pic says:

        Yes, Canadian as is FROM CANADA. The Toronto Maple Leafs from Toronto Ontario Canada. The Montreal Canadians from Montreal Quebec Canada. The Ottawa Senators from Ottawa Ontario Canada. The Jets from Manitoba Canada. The Edmonton Oilers from Edmonton Alberta Canada. The Calgary Flames from Calgary Alberta Canada and the Vancouver Canucks from Vancouver British Columbia Canada. Unless the USA has taken Canada over, why should Canadian teams pay US taxes? Because they make money? They are not AMERICAN teams!

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        OK. So I looked into this “Canadian” thing. Apparently, when Sen. Tom Coburn first arrived at Congress in 1995, there was something called a “Canadian Football League” that had franchises in Baltimore, Birmingham, Las Vegas, Memphis, Sacramento, San Antonio and Shreveport, and it was considering one in Miami. All of those franchises have since closed – maybe for fear of Congressman Coburn. Since then, this “Canadian Football League” has continued to operate, while openly flaunting its refusal to pay US taxes. When are we going to stand up and demand that the US government close this “being Canadian” tax loophole these millionaires are taking advantage of? Call your Congressional people in Congress.

        (PS: Pic, in America, there’s this thing called “sarcasm.”)

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Please write your Senator or Congressperson and tell them to END this tax shelter just because a business claims to be something called a “Canadian.”

  5. Elisa says:

    When you look at all the hoopla of the Superbowl, and you think, “The business that runs this has nonprofit tax-free status,” doesn’t that make you feel a little bit ill?

    • Johnnie Walker says:

      No, it makes me proud to be a red-blooded American! It’s supposed to be the land of the free… Let’s keep it that way!

      • Dude when have you ever been free? Freedom of speech, freedom of thought evrything else is not free unless you’re one of those people that sit on your ass and collect welfare

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      The business that runs this does not have nonprofit tax-free status.

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      By the way, you’re going to want to keep your bucket. In a couple days, the Winter Olympics are going to start, and not one single cent of that will go to paying US taxes. Not ONE.

      • Well genius it’ll be hard to tax a WORLD event that the US is a small fraction of. Yall are getting things twisted because you are die hard football fans that realize if they start to tax football itll be just that more expensive. Besides the Olympics isn’t even American, it just hosts in America sometimes, if anything its Greek.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        I’d make a sarcastic remark, but you’re clearly very, very bad at catching it, and I’m starting to realize you’re not exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer. So let me explain the joke bluntly:

        The International Olympic Committee is based in Switzerland, not Greece. In Switzerland, it files as a nonprofit. It holds Olympic Committees in every nation in the world. They are all nonprofits in their respective countries and also – according to the bylaws of the IOC – non-governmental. (That latter is why India isn’t playing in the games happening in Sochi.) The American Olympic Committee is a 501(c)(6) trade association.

  6. Do you or I get to walk away taxes?? NO…why should they, time for them to stop making billions and not paying their fair share!!!

  7. Ten Inches + says:

    Libtards be like bitches with all their complaining. Stop the bitchin’ and get in the kitchen! Make me a sammich!

    • Elisa says:

      Your ignorance is hysterical. These corporate interests are screwing you and you don’t even know it.

      With your neanderthal attitudes, I can’t imagine any woman would want to go near you. Maybe that’s why you’re so testy, mmmm?

  8. Barney in Ky says:

    I love football AND I think the NFL should pay taxes. Why is this concept so difficult for you?

    • Johnnie Walker says:

      Because it’s DOUBLE taxation!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      The 32 businesses who are represented by a 501(c)(6) trade association called the “National Football League” – including the one that is publicly owned by the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin – pay taxes. Just like you or me.

  9. CC says:

    Shouldn’t everyone pay taxes? making the NFL pay taxes is only fair, the players and coaching staff have to pay taxes. I mean really it’s not like them paying taxes is going to ruin the game of football. I love football, I love going to games and supporting my teams but in the end everyone should pay their taxes. So we can have important things like schools, transportation, road, bridge and highway maintenance and other various things we as americans enjoy daily. Also it is super bowl sunday, who has time to be angry? just go drink a beer and relaxe. I never understood how people are ok with corportaions ripping you off.

    • Ten Inches + says:

      Wah wah wah!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Ignore Ten Inches. The 32 businesses represented and regulated by the NFL pay taxes. Every last one of them.

  10. Severn Hillen says:

    Why you fags be hating on my NFL?! Go braid a daisy chain do whatever the fuck is that you do! Get outta here and let the MEN enjoy ourselves for a single solitary fuckin minute!

  11. Ticket Sales for the SUPER BOWL alone will amount to $100,000,000.00 plus, the hat’s and t-shirts and jersey’s they sell with official NFL approved garment labels. The garment sells and is taxed locally but garment right is another cost that is guaranteed to the NFL, on each and every NFL official product, that’s paid to the NFL by the garment or product manufacturer. Even the stuff made in China. The NFL always get there’s it time after 48 of not a dime we get ours. My NFL hat’s off the Senator Tom Coburn, (R- Ok.) Who’s recently announced he would be introducing a bill, the PRO Sports Act, that would tax any professional sports league that brings in at least $10 million per year, including of course, the NFL. Don’t you think it’s time to contact your Senators and Representatives in congress, and get the ball rolling on ending tax loopholes for professional sports league’s, starting with the over paid 9.6 (with a B) Billion “Non-Profit Football League?”

    • Ten Inches + says:

      Who are you, Howard Fucking Cosell?

      • Who are you, a man with a tiny penis? 10 inches +, sounds like compensation, also would explain why you’re an ass who has there testies in a bunch

  12. The Players and couches pay, but the League doesn’t pay a penny, plug nickle, or a dime! The congressional member of congress who brings this issue to the floor should be sainted, as well as the others who vote to send it to the senate. “The Nonprofit Football League, ends now!” This is simply outrageous! 48 years on a free ride!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      The “congressional member of Congress” who brought this to the floor is a guy named Tom Coburn of Oklahoma. You might remember him from such saintly statements as, “The movie Schindler’s List is pornography!” For some very strange reason, he’s been a member of Congress since 1995, and in 19 years, he never once cared about the NFL until this year. He also has never said a word about the nonprofit National Basketball Association, which is not a part of the PRO Sports Act, despite the NBA representing a company called Professional Basketball Club, LLC, which is housed somewhere called an “Oklahoma City.” What a guy!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Tony Caroselli is a tool and a paid shill for the NFL. Keep trolling those message boards fool?

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      I was supposed to be a paid shill, but I haven’t gotten my check yet. Probably because you a-holes keep sucking up the NFL’s operating costs by making them hire more shills like me. Stop it! I got rent to pay!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Also ain’t saying anything ever again for Barack Obama, the Nation of Islam, NASA, Papua New Guinea or the Illuminati until I get my damn check.

  14. Businesses are the only body required to pay taxes. I’m an individual and I am required to pay taxes. The major billionaire bodies exempt from taxes are the giant corporations. Ask yourself why.
    -If I were a holding company, holding monies for outside interests, and I made some money on the money I was holding, I should pay taxes.

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      The National Football League is not a business. It is a trade organization representing 32 businesses. The 32 businesses pay taxes. Trade organizations are nonprofits, because they do not make money, and they do not hold money. As soon as they receive a check, that check is divvied up to 32 businesses, who pay taxes as businesses, whose owners and/or shareholders pay taxes as individuals.

      Again, the REAL scandal is the National Hockey League, a nonprofit group representing 30 businesses, seven of which pay not a single dime in U.S. federal taxes. Both the NBA and MLB (both nonprofit groups) represent one company apiece which pays not a dime in U.S. federal taxes. Compared to the NFL’s 32 businesses, every one of which – including Green Bay Packers, Inc., which is majority owned by the 104,000 citizens of the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin – pays U.S. federal taxes and Wisconsin state taxes.

      • Pic says:

        Which 7 NHL teams don’t pay US taxes? Are you referencing the Canadian teams? If so, what makes you think they should pay US taxes?

      • Yes those need to be addressed as well, but we’re talking about the NFL honey not what’s wrong with America.

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Correction: Only Green Bay Packers, Inc. pays Wisconsin state taxes, obviously. The other 31 businesses each pay taxes to whichever state in which it is headquartered. I worded that wrong.

  15. Tony Caroselli says:

    Dyed-in-the-wool socialist who’s not signing. The NFL doesn’t pay taxes because it’s not a business. It’s a trade organization representing 32 businesses, none of whom are tax-exempt, not even the one that is publicly owned by the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    • Well hell, sports is a religion for some…. It’s a business. It provides a service, for which it is paid. Income is income.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        The National Football League is not a business. It is a trade organization representing 32 businesses. The 32 businesses are called the New England Patriots, the New York Giants, the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Pittsburgh Steelers… etc.

        Every last one of those 32 businesses, including the one called the Green Bay Packers – which is the ONLY major sports team that is publicly owned, by the people of that town – pays taxes on that business. Due to its ownership of the Green Bay Packers, the city of Green Bay pays taxes on a publicly-owned company – which most cities in the United States do not – both to its state (Wisconsin) and to the United States.

        There are other nonprofit organizations similar to the National Football League. The National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball are two such examples. Neither the NBA nor MLB are businesses. Unlike the NFL, the NBA and MLB each represent one business which does not pay federal taxes to the United States of America. The National Hockey League represents 30 teams, a whopping SEVEN of which – nearly a quarter – do not pay U.S. federal taxes. Can you guess why?

      • Elisa says:

        Saying you shouldn’t have to pay taxes because you have expenses is absurd. No other type of business gets to do that.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        Who said literally ANYTHING about expenses? The NFL doesn’t pay taxes because the NFL is a trade organization representing 32 businesses, all of which pay taxes. The legal entity called the “National Football League” is a 501(c)(6) that files as a nonprofit because it is a nonprofit trade organization – just as the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, etc., are nonprofit trade associations. You can say, “The AMA makes billions of dollars a year but is tax-exempt!” Which is just as technically true.

  16. Bubba bubba I’m sure he would have plenty to do if he was getting a tax break for playing a gam, when something is unjust it is up to all of us to speak up andfix it.

  17. Hampshire Hillbaby says:

    Signed! And I gave ‘em a few bucks, too!

  18. Hubba Bubba says:

    Why are you libs obsessed with taxes? Soon as somebody gets successful, you want to tear them down. :(

    • We LIBS have no probelm with people being successful. I know some people worship at the altar of the NFL but they are not a church or a religious organization. In 2011 the NFL signed a bradcast deal with the tv networks woth 27.9 BILLION dollars. and pay no taxes on it. Every team owner has a stadium built with taxpayer money and get state and city tax breaks.
      When the states are cutting school budgets and police and fire budgets, then the tax breaks and Non-profit status should end. Let them pay taxes like the rest of the 99%……………

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        Actually, two of the 32 team owners play in a stadium that was built entirely with private money. It’ the same stadium. There’s some kind of game going on there tonight, in fact.

    • Why are you Repug’s obsessed with protecting corporate billionaires?

    • Severn Hillen says:

      You got that right. Hubba Bubble!

  19. Water Dog says:

    Man, this REALLY pisses me off. Our public services are going down the drain while we watch taxfree millionaires play catch.

    • erin says:

      good point. I volunteered during the Dolphin’s games with 14 other girls. we made less then 6.00/hr and we were charged shirt rentals, hat rentals, and we had to pay to feed the staff. We also ended up paying for stolen food that the staff took. We will never go back there. We were trying to raise money to help fund the National Kidney Foundation.

      • Severn Hillen says:

        You should have taken your top off, honey! Then you woulda raised all kinds of money! And you would have saved yourself shirt rental too! LOL

      • Severn Hillen says something crass, this coming from the guy defending the safe tax haven that is big football.

    • Cheese Head says:

      Actually, the millionaires playing catch DO pay taxes. It’s the dark shadows in the League who pay little or nothing.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        The dark shadows may pay little, but it’s not nothing. And very, very few of the people playing catch are millionaires.

  20. SteelEye Spaniel says:

    Nonproft? Jesus Fershlugginer Christ! Do these people have no shame?

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      Dyed-in-the-wool socialist who’s not signing. The NFL doesn’t pay taxes because it’s not a business. It’s a trade organization representing 32 businesses, none of whom are tax-exempt, not even the one that is publicly owned by the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

      • Ronald Elrod says:

        @Tony Caroselli: I have to say BULL F***ING S**T!!! The NFL brings in MILLIONS every year…but it isn’t a business? I think you’re high, or drunk, or maybe you’re just full of S**T!!!!

    • Tony Caroselli says:

      @Ronald Elrod: The NFL does not bring in millions per year. The 32 businesses represented by the National Football League bring in BILLIONS per year – last figure I heard, each one brings in about a billion per year, so I’m not sure where the figure of $9B comes from. By my math, $1B*32 = $32B. But that money does not go to an organization called the National Football League. It goes to a company called the Kraft Group, which owns something called a “New England Patriots,” and to the Irsay Family, which owns something called an “Indianapolis Colts,” and to the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin, which owns something called a “Green Bay Packers,” and to 29 other individuals and companies from Buffalo to San Diego.

      • And with all that being said, why the hell are you so worried about the nfl being taxed, maybe it started as a trade organization but it has become a business. Its like the Union, originally designed to help Union workers, now impairs the American people as a group. Get rid of something that does more harm than good and once that 32 billion dollars is taxed there will still be roughly 3.2 billion dollars! Besides every single one of you bitching about the nfl being taxed needs to worry about your own self, especially if you have kids. I think those teams will do just fine with 100 million each, while i get to struggle pay taxes and take care of a family who is having everything taken from them because quote unquote there’s not enough money for the program.

      • Tony Caroselli says:

        @David: I’ve gotta say, what you lack in “having any clue of what the hell you’re talking about,” you make up for in “ranting like a lunatic about it.”

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