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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 02.03.14
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

End NFL tax-exempt status

Politically, I consider myself an independent. However, I am forced to support Democrats most of the time because most Republicans running for office and/or ideas they put forth are bad, if not crazy. So, I must give credit where credit is due.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, proposed H.R. 3965, legislation that would strip the National Football League's tax-exempt status. Chaffetz said:

"In reality, the NFL and the NHL are for-profit businesses, and they should be taxed as such," he said. "They are not charities nor are they traditional trade organizations like local chambers of commerce."

Not only is the NFL profit making, its annual revenues have soared to about $9 billion and the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, earns about $30 million per year. The teams in the NFL and the National Hockey League are taxable but the leagues are not.

Talk about an un-level playing field; the National Basketball Association has never been tax exempt, and Major League Baseball gave up its tax-exempt status in 2007.

Chaffetz's bill is similar to S.1524 introduced last year by Sen. Tom Coburn another Republican who, in September, said:

"Tax earmarks are essentially tax increases for everyone who doesn't receive the benef -- in this case, working Americans are paying artificially high rates in order to subsidize special breaks for sports leagues. This is hardly fair."

Kudos to Chaffetz and Coburn! Let's pass this baby.

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