It’s no secret. The tax-exempt designation of “nonprofit” that many charities and organizations enjoy is often abused by not-so-non-profit organizations. Take the NFL, for example, which is technically a non-profit organization itself.
Yup. Don’t let the supermarket displays of potato chips and beer fool you. Don’t pay attention to those pesky NFL-endorsed jerseys at your local mall, and, please, don’t give any mind to the “official beer sponsor” TV ads that grace your TV screens every game. The NFL is not out to make a dollar… man, I could hardly keep a straight face writing that.
The League takes in $9.5 billion per year, and because it’s legally considered a non-profit organization, it doesn’t have to pay any federal taxes at all. No federal taxes at all, and in some cases, the NFL is also exempt from state and city taxes.
Here’s the kick in the nuts the NFL is sprinkling over your breakfast eggs everyday: when NFL employees eat out, buy gas and stay at hotels, they don’t have to pay any taxes, including sales tax, in many situations. Remember that tasty fact the next time you down a fresh can of
NFL executive piss in your mouth Bud Light, an official beer sponsor of the League.
Even the stadiums themselves are paid by public taxes… yes, you – the regular working dude/gal – paid for the NFL stadium that you have to pay to get into. And we haven’t even scratched the surface of this absurd mockery yet.
Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code specifically lists “professional football leagues” as a type of organization that doesn’t have to pay taxes.
What!? Why just Football? How did the other sports leagues get excluded from this list?
The addition of “professional football leagues” into Section 501(c)(6) occurred in 1966, when the National Football League and the American Football League merged. This was to ensure, for whatever reason, that the leagues would continue enjoying non-profit status after the merger.
On the other hand, the NBA has never claimed tax exempt status, and the MLB forfeited tax-exempt status in 2007 because it was suddenly required to disclose executive salaries.
Obviously, when you’re an executive of the MLB, you’re sitting pretty on a massive pile of cash that could only be outdone by Scrooge McDuck himself. It becomes laughable to claim your organization isn’t out for profit, but the NFL has been able to maintain non-profit status through legal shenanigans (and probably a payoff or two, when necessary).
The US politicians you put into office are making sure the NFL is well taken care of. As for hard-working regular people… your Senators and Congressmen are making sure to squeeze every penny out of them for more needless war, police brutality, bigger congressional salaries, and the oppression of science-based policies.
Whatever legal reasoning they write up to keep the NFL tax exempt, it’s an irrelevant distraction. All you have to do is take a step back with clear eyes, and look at the whole picture. The NFL is 101% about profit. If it wasn’t, you wouldn’t see this BS (below) all over your local supermarket during game season. No amount of legal footwork changes that. Know more.