What would you call an organization that pulls in $9.5 billion a year in revenue and is one of the most successful entertainment enterprises ever created?
Our government calls it a non-profit.
The name of the organization? The National Football League, which is classified as a 501(c)6 industry association.
“Since the NFL is generally associated with wealthy owners and players, not to mention the tremendous revenue that each team generates year-round, the public would not be expected to know the League is a non-profit organization,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “With billions likely to flow from the Super Bowl, it would seem a contradiction that the organization behind it all would be technically a not-for-profit, but that is indeed true about the NFL.” (See “The Real Super Bowl Question …”)
CREDO Action, an online activist social change organization, has a petition out calling for a hearing regarding the NFL’s tax-exempt status. So far, nearly 140,000 people have signed the petition. You can sign the petition here (See “The National Football League Should Pay Taxes,”)
The pressure’s on the NFL. A couple months back, Senators Tom Coburn (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) introduced a bill to pull the NFL’s tax-exempt status.
“This is a directed tax cut …, which means every other American pays a little bit more every year because we give the NFL league office a tax break and call them a non-profit,” says Coburn. “In fact, they’re not.”
They most definitely are not.
–Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans
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Media"How We Can Save Sports" author Ken Reed appears on Fox & Friends to explain how there's "too much adult in youth sports."
Ken Reed appears on Mornings with Gail from KFKA Radio in Colorado to discuss bad parenting in youth athletics.
“Should College Athletes Be Paid?” Ken Reed on The Morning Show from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ken Reed appears on KGNU Community Radio in Colorado (at 02:30) to discuss equality in sports and Title IX.
Ken Reed appears on the Ralph Nader Radio Hour (at 38:35) to discuss his book The Sports Reformers: Working to Make the World of Sports a Better Place, and to talk about some current sports issues.
- League of Fans Sports Policy Director Ken Reed quoted in Washington Post column titled "What happened to P.E.? It’s losing ground in our push for academic improvement," by Jay Mathews
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