The NFL’s Big Tax Ripoff

The NFL is ripping you off

Now that the Super Bowl is over and you are either in euphoric heaven or the depths of despair, depending upon your gridiron loyalties, let me proceed to burst your little bubble: the NFL is ripping you off.

Due to an old tax code created when the NFL and the AFL joined in 1966, they get to enjoy tax exempt status.

NFL's Big Tax RipoffThe NFL makes $9.5 billion a year.

Yes, $9.5 billion. How much do you make? How much of that is taxes?

The Commissioner of the NFL, Roger Goodell, makes nearly $30 million a year. That is more than most non-profits themselves make in a year.

This same organization that portrays itself as being the most American of sports institutions, the most patriotic, does not pay a dime to help run the country. And it claims that it shouldn’t have to. They are about as two-faced as a televangelist running for office.

The NFL claims that it is actually losing money this year and shouldn’t be paying any taxes. This is a lot like those people who park their SUV’s in the handicapped space while they go skiing. As real as a 4 ½ dollar bill. In truth, it is one of the most profitable enterprises in the world.

A couple Senators have already commented on this, Angus King of Maine and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, saying it would be fair to taxpayers if they chipped in their two billion bits too.

It will take more than a couple Senators to change this though. It will take US, the ordinary people of the United States of America. If you wish to see this end, and the NFL pay their fair share of the tax burden, we all can go to any (or all) of these websites and sign the petitions:, Credo Mobilize, and Daily Kos.

So, now that the Super Bowl Party is over, why not help end the NFL’s little 34 year party? Or else declare themselves not to be Americans.


Roger Freed