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Should the NFL pay taxes?

February 3, 2014

Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices Staff Writer

As the confetti is swept up from the field of MetLife stadium, another year of football comes to a close. But this off-season, the talk might be more on the financials of the National Football League than on trades, because the league does not pay taxes, and Sen. Tom Coburn (O.K.) wants to change that.

"No major professional sports league deserves to have a tax exemption," said Sen. Coburn. The senator has been trying for years to change the status of the NFL, currently recognized as a 501(c)(6), a non-profit trade organization like your local Better Business Bureau.

The federal government recognizes the NFL, like the PGA and NHL, as non-profit entities, something that was decided in 1986 when the last major changes to the US tax code were made. The NFL, though, gets special mention in the language of the law. "(6) Business leagues, chambers of commerce, real-estate boards, boards of trade, or professional football leagues (whether or not administering a pension fund for football players), not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual."

Coburn doesn’t see it that way and is aiming to change the tax code to make professional sports leagues pay taxes like corporations like McDonalds and Microsoft. Coburn also claims that by giving the leagues tax breaks; they are essentially giving tax increases for everyone else.

“Tax earmarks are essentially tax increases for everyone who doesn’t receive the benefit,” Coburn said in his press release proposing to tax America’s most popular sport. “In this case, working Americans are paying artificially high rates in order to subsidize special breaks for sports leagues. This is hardly fair.”

That’s why Coburn has drafted an amendment to the tax code that would strip all professional sports leagues of their tax-exempt status. While the amendment has gotten some press around the Super Bowl, it looks doubtful that the measure will pass the Senate.

Now it should be noted that every team, ticket, player, and television fees are taxed, but the billions in yearly profits the league makes year in and year out are not. The NFL and its supporters also claim that there is confusion about what the league does and where the profits are made.

Supporters of the NFL’s tax-free status, like Jeremy Spector, an outside tax consultant for the NFL, make the argument that the league is rightly classified.

Spector makes the claim that, first when talking about the NFL, it is just the head office and not the teams, which are considered taxed corporations. The teams are where most of the money is made, and those profits are rightly taxed. The head office acts as a facilitator of play, drafting the rules, hiring the referees, and run the youth football program, and the teams are the benefactors of the leagues duty.

“The league office acts as a trade association for the NFL clubs. In the same way that other trade associations support companies in other lines of business, it establishes rules and standard practices for its members, develops programs to help them run their operations more efficiently and profitably, and promotes the business in the broader community. Trade associations are nonprofit organizations,” said Spector in an U.S. News and World Report editorial.

Update, April 28, 2015: The NFL announced that it has dropped its tax-exempt status and its league office will operate as a taxable entity beginning with the 2015 fiscal year. 

What do you think?

Should the NFL pay taxes like a corporation, or should it remain a non-profit trade organization? Does the league already pay taxes through the teams? If you were a Senator, how would you vote is Coburn’s amendment? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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10/2/2018
Sidney/MT
Brianna
Mr. Faulhaber/ SHS
I think that the NFL should have to pay taxes as long as all other major sports teams have to also. If the NFL makes huge amounts of money why shouldn’t they pay taxes? They make millions of dollars they can afford to pay taxes. Being in the NFL is a job so they shouldn’t be exempt from it, but it shouldn’t just be the NFL. If they do they the rest of sports should too.

5/2/2018
Magnolia/Texas
Blake
Metzger/Magnolia West
I do not believe that the NFL should pay more taxes than they already do. They do pay taxes on everything that makes a profit. They do not pay taxes on the non-profits inside of their organization and that is okay. If we don’t get taxed for helping young children then why should they?

10/18/2017
Midlothian/ VA
Tucker
Mrs.Zaval/ Midlothian middle school
I think the NFL should pay taxes because if they are earning a living then they should pay taxes just like everyone else. If they did pay taxes they would help make better and more schools so they wouldnt be so crowded. Prisons would have more officers. Police, fireman and teachers would make more money. The average football player makes $5.15 million per year and there are about 1700 players in the NFL. Millionaires are taxed at 30% or higher so for every dollar they make 30 cents would go to taxes.That's a lot of money that could make our schools and counties better.I think this is a great idea!

3/20/2016
Stroudsburg PA
León
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I agree with DJ. The NFL should pay taxes because they don't help out in anyway with our economy. They entertain people. There is nothing wrong with entertaining people but since the NFL does make a lot of money they should be able to pay taxes in order to help out with certain things that help our country become better instead of becoming worse.

3/18/2016
Stroudsburg Pa
Dj
Mr.hanna/sjhs
I believe the NFL should pay taxes because they make 7.3 billion dollars almost each year and yes I know they have to pay each team and the camera men and other people like that but why shouldn't they pay taxes when they barely do anything for the economy when all they do is entertain people so in reality we should be making that type of money with our hard working parents and grandparents and kids

3/16/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Andrew
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think the Nfl should pay taxes. I think they should because the teams aren't and the NFL makes billions every year. I agree with Coburn in but the more money you make the more you pay in taxes so I also think teams should help in with paying the taxes.

3/15/2016
Stroudsburg, PA
Ryan P.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
The NFL should definitely pay taxes. They are one of the most profitable companies in the U.S., and there's really no reason that they shouldn't. Yes, they are entertainment, but movie studios and record labels have to pay, too. There is nothing that exempts them from taxes, and quite frankly, it's a miracle that they remained tax free for that long. Even if they're paying taxes now, they shouldn't have been able to evade taxation for that long.

12/15/2015
Murrieta/California
Khedar Chuck Jones
Jabro/CreekSide
I think that all sports should pay and yearly tax because of how much they make in a season. they make enough to where they should not be excepted from it and it would help out the country because they could use that money for something that we need. Also the league does pay taxes they pay 9 million a year.

6/5/2015
Stroudsburg/PA
Amber
Mr. Hanna/SJHS
I think he NFL should have to pay taxes. The US is in a lot of debt and the NFL makes millions of dollars every season. If they paid then we would have less debt and less bankruptcy in America.

6/4/2015
Stroudsburg,PA
McKenna
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
Yes info think that the NFL a should have to pay taxes cause they U.S. Is in a lot of debt. They make a lot of money each and every year. It's really unfair that all the people work harder than the NFL and they have to give a lot of their check to the government cause of taxes.

3/3/2015
Murrieta CA
Angel Arreola
Jabro Creekside
Honestly , the question here isnt if the NFL should pay taxes, its why isnt the NFL paying taxes?? It seems like a sport organization is just somehow avoiding a major taxation. How are players going to get paid and let a franchise run itself without doing the "American Duty" by PAYING FOR TAXES LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Its just not fair that the people of the united stated have to pay taxes, but an BILLION dollar franchise is just stacking up its money for a stupid sport we watch ! No , they need to realize this is america, so no one is actually free. If struggling businesses get taxed, then how in the hell does the National Football League not pay for there taxes? Im pretty sure they have plenty of money. They dont need more.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Allendy
Mr.hanna/stroudsburg JHS
In my opinion i do think the nfl should pay taxes infact the conpany is a big shot. Billionaire company paying thousands of dollars dosnt sound bad to me. But this is my opinion it is all up to the government

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/ Pennysylvania
Sherri
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think the NFL should pay taxes because the coaches will need the money to pay for the equipment and the team jerseys and other things. Also the NFL also trades things when they are not supposed to. If they trade things they might get into big trouble. The NFL coaches will get the money from the school.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Ray
Hanna
Yes, the NFL should have taxes. The government is in a lot of debt and even though it seems unfair it's still not a bad idea. The NFL makes lots of money every year and they should contribute some of that to the government. Of course directors of the NFL should get some say in it though. If you think about it, it wouldn't be a bad idea and we would be 1 step closer to being out of debt

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Adam
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg Junior high
What I think is that the NFL shouldn't pay taxes. They have the right to not pay taxes. They are the entertainment that people like to see.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, Pa
Alexa
Mr.Hanna SJHS
I think the NFL should have to pay taxes. It's not fair to everyone else who does. They even make more money then a lot of people, some people are struggling to pay bills and buy food and they still have to pay taxes. I think just because they have a high paying job doesn't mean they shouldn't pay taxes.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Danya
Mr. Hanna
I think that the NFL should pay taxes because it's not far to other people in the world. Everyone should be treated equally, and should pay taxes as well as everyone else.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Hana
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that the NFL should definitely pay taxes. They are people to. Why should NFL not have to pay taxes like everyone in this country? Why should they get special treatment? As I have read in another response to this article, they state that players are doing things that give to charity. I don't think this really matters because I know many people who give to charity and don't even have a lot of money. Even I donate and I am not making the average $1.9 million dollar salary that most payers get. I still pay taxes.The yearly profits the league makes is not taxed although views, tickets, teams, and players are taxed (partially by tax payers when paying for tickets and television fees.). I don't think the league pays taxes through teams. I agree with Coburn's decision to strip all professional sports leagues of their tax-exempt status. Since when does playing a sport excuse you from paying taxes?

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Sherwin
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think the NFL should pay taxes because some of the players are doing things to give to charity. For example, Russell Wilson is giving money to hospitals for those children in need that have cancer. Also, the NFL should not pay taxes because some teams need the money to buy new players and get new uniforms.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Annika
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior Highschool
I think the NFL should pay taxes. They have a lot of money and they don't have to worry about paying taxes, while some other people make barely enough money to support there families and they are paying taxes. The taxes would bring in a lot of money to the government, too.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Derek
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that the NFL should pay taxes because they make more money than the average person. If the average person pays taxes while making less money than NFL players, then the NFL players should pay taxes as well. It's unjust to make everyone pay taxes except a select few(one of them being NFL players). By them not paying taxes, it essentially makes the taxes higher for everyone else. I agree with Coburn's decision to strip all professional sports leagues of their tax-exempt status. Paying the team does not excuse the league to not pay taxes.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
AmyaH
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think the NFL should pay taxes. They make so much money why shouldn't they. They should pay taxes like everyone else does. It's not fair for all the other people that aren't in the NFL. Some people are struggling to put food on the table but they pay their taxes so why can't the NFL pay taxes too.

10/16/2014
Murrieta,CA
Vivian Cabral
Mr.Jabro/Creekside HS
I believe the NFL should pay taxes. They make so much money. There are people who work very hard to not even make enough money to pay their bills and also have to pay taxes. I think it is not fair. I do not vote on Coburn's amendment. It would not hurt the NFL to pay because of how much money they make including on jerseys and other related stuff.

9/17/2014
charlottesville/va
ruby
dr. huneycutt/ mhs
I think the NFL should pay taxes because they make SO MUCH money a year. They may be a "non-profit" organization, but they amount of money they take in is a huge profit. Cut each players salary by $1 million and there you go.

9/9/2014
murrieta ca
Corrine
Jabro creekside high
Should the nfl pay taxes? I believe they should , everything else has to pay taxes , why shouldnt the multi million dollar industry pay a portion of taxes? They make so much money anyhow. They make thousands on shirts, jerseys, bobble heads, tickets and much more ! so us i think they should pay taxes

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Michael C.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I feel that the NFL should pay taxes. I think this because with all the money they make, it wouldn't hurt to spend a small amount of what they make on taxes. Not taxing the NFL would be the same thing as not taxing the rich.Also, taxing the NFL would bring in a lot of money in the government.Not taxing the NFL would be like not taxing the rich.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Adam
Mr. Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
The NFL should not have to pay taxes. They should not because first they sometimes have to supply teams money so they can sign players and keep coaches. Also, the NFL has to organize many things like events, the schedule, and problems within the NFL. They also almost already pay taxes because they supply teams with money, which get paid to the players, which go to taxes. Therefore is say no.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Dillon P.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that the NFL should pay taxes. It is not fair to other businesses to pay taxes and not have others, like the NFL. Also, it increases taxes for others. The NFL gives off millions of dollars to its players and it should be done with taxes as well.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Sidney L
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that NFL players should have to pay taxes. It makes no sense to have less fortunate people pay taxes and NFL players with a lot of money not be required to do so. It's not like NFL players can't afford it. NFL players are people too, and I believe all people should have to pay taxes.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Edwin
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
Yes I do believe that the NFL should pay taxes. Middle Class people have to should should a million dollar company. This kind of reminds me of the Redskins by not changing their name or emblem. #yougottodobetterthanthat

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
John
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that NFL should pay taxes because with their income, they can afford it. Also, if they get paid a lot, they can pay for their players' taxes. If everyone else's businesses have to pay taxes, they can give up a small portion of their money for it.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Gabriella S.
Mr. Hanna
Yes, I believe that the NFL should pay taxes. Just like every one else. Professional athletes get paid a lot of money, and those who are middle class have to pay taxes. Why is that people with little money have to pay a lot of money, and NFL athletes who have a lot of money don't have to pay taxes. Maybe that is why the United States is 17 trillion dollars in debt.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Chukwuma
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I beliece the NFL should have to pay taxes. The NFL is currently a billion dollar organization. They make over seven billion dollars in revanue a year. It shouldnt be a problem to give up a small portion of that money. Every sports organization should have to pay taxes just like everybody and all buisness's have to pay taxes.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburf, PA
Charles
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think the NFL should pay taxes because they arr not the ones making money. the teams selling their jerseys and the TV companies selling ad space. I would vote against taxing the NFL because of this.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Missy
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
NFL should pay taxes just like any other person and business. Even though the league pays taxes through the teams, everyone has to and should pay taxes. If I was a Senator, I would vote yes. There is no exception to not pay taxes just like any other American.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Kyle Frack
Mr Hanna/StroudsburgJHS
The NFL should pay taxes as long as all other major league sports pay taxes. The NFL has lots of money and would be a great contribute to paying off the countries depts. How I see it is that the rich and the middle class and the poor people and business all get taxed so why not the NFL? why should the be treated any different? But I do think it should be a fair tax it should be proportional to everyone else's. I also think the best way to tax them is to tax al 32 teams and the whole organization. This way they can still be taxed fairly and the government gets more money witch is a good thing for all of us.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
will s
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't believe that the NFL should pay taxes because the head office doesn't sell the jerseys and all the merchandise, the teams do. That is why I think the NFL shouldn't pay taxes.

5/13/2014
New Underwood,SD
Tyler
Broomfield/ New Underwood HS
I think the NFL shouldn't pay taxes because they make so much money off of what they do so there should not be a problem.

4/14/2014
illinois
madison
charleston high school
NFL doesnt need to pay taxes because they are awesome

2/28/2014
Irving/Texas
William Kyle
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL is merely a director coordinating the teams and as long as they are a non-profit, then they shouldn't have to pay taxes since the revenue they bring in isn't being kept. However, the teams are a different matter. They are for profit and should pay taxes on that profit if they don’t already, as should they players.

2/27/2014
Irving/ Texas
Victoria E.
Bradley/ Nimitz HS
The idea that a multi-billion dollar “corporation” in a sense doesn't pay taxes is an outrage to any person who hears it. That is exactly the reaction that Senator Coburn wants. He fails, thought, to mention that the tax exemption does not include the teams in the league, who are in fact taxed, nor does it include the stadiums or their profits. This tax exemption only includes the head office which is the group that drafts the rules, hires the referees, runs youth programs and acts as the benefactor to the teams in the league. They are in a sense the program that runs the behind the scenes for the teams as well as the charity programs. So when people like Senator Coburn talk about the horrible 'rich corporations' not paying taxes you might have to look a little more in depth to get all the information.

2/26/2014
Irving/Texas
Caroline
Bradley/Nimitz
NFL should pay taxes just like all other business and citizens of this taxable country. Sure they give and promote healthy living styles to children and kid active programs but what about the other citizens that give back to the community they are exempt from taxes they buy their supplies from feeding the hungry.If I had the power to vote in favor of the Coburn's amendment I wouldn't hesitate to vote yes. There is no excuses to be different from the rest of the tax paying Americans not even America's most popular sport.

2/25/2014
Irving, Texas
Rajith I.
Bradley/Nimitz
What are the billions of dollars that the league makes that are not being taxed? All the billions of national revenue the league collects are distributed to its members. Then taxes are paid by these members. The NFL League Office does not generate profit instead it is just a facilitator, a non-profit. It seems that there is a misunderstanding of what a non-profit is. The perception is that a non-profit has to be a charity, it doesn't, it has to be non-profit, just like a university can be a non-profit. In a ESPN article it states, “money generated from sources like [the] NFL Network, national sponsorship deals and merchandise fall under the umbrella of a for-profit company called NFL Ventures, which is owned by the 32 teams, not by the league office. Accordingly, this money is already subject to taxation.” The profit making parts of the NFL (e.g. the teams and NFL Ventures) are categorized as for-profit and pay taxes and the league office which is a conduit for the teams does not generate profits and thus should be categorized as a non-profit (no tax obligation). The proposed amendment seems to be flawed in its logic. If you don't like non-profits that aren't charities then get rid of the non-profit status and just leave a status for charitable organization. However, the currently proposed amendment is it is just a witch-hunt.

2/21/2014
Irving/Texas
Stefan
Bradley/Nimitz
I think the NFL is being taxed enough since the teams, tickets, players, and television fees are being taxed. However, I think it's more important for the government to maintain consistency within all the professional sports leagues regarding taxes. If the NFL is still tax-exempt then so should other professional sports leagues that meet the same requirements as the NFL. It should not be a popularity contest. I would vote against Coburn's amendment.

2/21/2014
Irving/Texas
Monica F.
Bradley/Nimitz
People who have jobs have taxes taken out of every single one of their paychecks, no matter how much they earn. This money goes into building things that, occasionally, have no significance to them, and that isn't fair. I understand that the team pays taxes, but everyone has to, so that doesn't really make a difference to me. The NFL should have to pay taxes, because they are a company, and it isn't fair to all of the other corporations (Like McDonald's and Microsoft) who have to pay taxes so that they can stay in business... If I were a Senator, I'd vote for it, because I believe that just because it's "The country's most popular sport," doesn't give the NFL the right to be exempt from paying what they should.

2/19/2014
Irving/Texas
Indya
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL is a nonprofit association, which means its league office does not have to pay taxes because it does not make a profit. Each team besides the Green Bay Packers are subject to pay taxes. I do not agree with Senator Coburn’s attempt to tax the NFL. The league office is in charge of administration, organizing activities, and setting new rules and standards. Tickets, contracts, advertisement, etc. are indeed taxed as they should be. If the league office were to pay taxes it would take away from all that the NFL does for communities including the many youth football programs around the United States.

2/19/2014
Irving/Texas
Michael Egeonu
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe they should tax the NFL,because they have a lot of money and also we are in an bad economy;furthermore, if the NFL got taxed, then our will get one step closer to a better economy than it was before. Who cares if the league pays taxes through teams? Everybody should pay taxes, especially the people that have a lot of money, because the poor even pay their taxes. I would vote for Coburn's amendment! If the very Big companies to the Small companies are paying taxes, then the multi-billionaire NFL should also.

2/18/2014
great neck NY
Aviva Sham
Ms.Davidson great neck north high school
I believe that the NFL should pay taxes. The reason is because they are just like any other humans. Especially with the amount of money they make they should have no hesitation when it comes to paying taxes.

2/17/2014
Irving/Texas
Yesenia
Bradley/Nimitz
If the NFL is a non-profit organization why should it be taxed like a for profit organization? The NFL shouldn't pay taxes especially if they are a non-profit organization. The teams are probably being taxed through other means and so why impose more and unfair taxes. Although it may seam that the NFL is diving in riches, the organizations gives it back to different programs to help everyone as a whole. I would vote against Coburn's amendment.

2/14/2014
Benson, Az
Hana
Sorenson/ Benson
I think the players and coaches should pay taxes. Just because the NFL is a non-profit organization, that doesn't mean that they should be exempt from paying taxes.

2/14/2014
Benson/AZ
Cheyenne Gamez
Mr.Sorenson/Benson
I think that the NFL should pay taxes just like everybody else is. Just because they are rich and famous doesn't mean that they are exempt from taxes. They have more money than us so why is it okay for them to not pay?

2/14/2014
Benson/ Az
Thomas Brown
Sorensen/ Benson HS
I believe that the tickets and all of the merchandise should be taxed. The actual office should not be taxed because all they are doing is regulating the rules. I would not be on Coburns side.

2/14/2014
Benson AZ
Nathan
Sorensen/Benson HS
I think that in the NFL there should be a compromise of who pays taxes and who does not. The teams, players, tickets and so on should be taxed, however the league office should not be taxed since it only acts as a regulator, which establishes rules and allows the game to work. If I were a senator I would not join Coburn's argument, and I would vote against taxing the leagues office just like any other corporation.

2/14/2014
Benson/AZ
Jessica
Sorenson/Benson High School
I believe that the NFL should pay taxes. I don't understand how the NFL is a non-profit organization when the government is paying players millions of dollars just to play sports. Yes, fees and tickets are taxed but how come the organization doesn't have to pay? The people of the United States don't need the NFL. It's an entertainment and everyone should have to pay taxes, no matter what your job is or what the organization.

2/14/2014
St David/AZ
John
Mr Sorenson/Benson High School
Yes, the NFL needs to pay taxes because I hate sports, the NFL, and the NFL is just stupid, and what does it matter if they do pay taxes? It serves them right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/14/2014
Benson AZ
Katie B
Mr. Sorensen Benson High School
NFL should be taxed. They make tons of money and should give back to everyone. Another option would be instead of taxing them, if the NFL would pay a certain percentage of their revenue every year to charities, that could be a way to keep them as a nonprofit. Nonprofits are nonprofits because they make society better off, and just entertaining America doesn't count as making society better.

2/14/2014
Irving/Texas
Pam
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not agree with Senator Coburn in his attempts to tax the nonprofit corporation that is the NFL. While the NFL does produce enormous amounts of revenue each year, the only part of the corporation that is tax-exempt is the NFL League Office, which is in charge of administering and organizing among activities. Those parts of the NFL that actually make profit from things like tickets, contracts, commercials or anything else of that sort are taxed. To demand to have the NFL League Office pay taxes would mean to reduce their funds for projects that benefit our community, such as youth football programs.

2/14/2014
Irving/Texas
Lacie
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the NFL should pay taxes. They make enough money as it is. Why should they be any exception? All major professional sports leagues should be required to pay taxes because it is only more fair to everyone else. If I was a senator, I would vote for Coburn's amendment. If other big corporations are having to pay taxes, then the big, money-making NFL should have to also.

2/14/2014
Irving/Texas
Pablo M
Bradley/Nimitz
Every two weeks approximately 20% of my check goes to taxes. We pretty much paid for the construction of the NFL stadiums. The NFL is using our money to pay for their stadiums, so why shouldn't they pay? Even though they're a non profit organization I don't think is fair that i get taxed more than them, a "non-profit" corporation worth BILLIONS of dollars. I understand they donate to charity, and that they also have contributed a lot to this country by setting up programs such as Play 60. Yes the teams already pay taxes but the NFL should also be Taxed. Taxing them would be a real benefit to this country.

2/13/2014
Irving/Texas
Erin D
Bradley/Nimitz
When considering whether or not the NFL should be paying taxes, regardless of their status of being nonprofit organization, no they should be taxed. My conclusion is drawn from this single sentence, “...every team, ticket, player, and television fee is taxed, but (emphasising the but) the billions in yearly profits the league makes year in and year out are not.” Now as for large corporations, every employee, location and executives are taxed along with the money they make in profits. When did this double standard arise? 1986 to be exact. And to be entirely honest I hope the amendment takes action soon. Not that I am not a sports fan, or a big fast food corporation fanatic, I am just a firm believer in level laws. All large organizations, NFL or McDonalds should be held to the same standards especially when it comes to taxes.

2/13/2014
Irving/ Texas
Dania Vanessa
Bradley/ Nimitz
The National Football League should most definitely pay taxes. I agree that as multi-billion dollar business, the NFL should pay the same taxes that a corporation does. Like the NFL, many corporations do a lot of non-profit work but that does not excuse them from having to pay some sort of tax. Many businesses and corporations would love to have the same tax break that the NFL does, but because that would be illegal they don’t. Since its beginnings in 1920, the NFL has been loved by many Americans that tune in for every game and trade. Just because the sport, its players, and what it all stands for is idolized by men and women of many ages, it does not justify the truth that it is a business and not a non-profit. If I was a senator I would vote a yes for Coburn’s amendment.

2/13/2014
Irving/TX
Sarah L
Bradley/Nimitz High School
The NFL League Office isn’t “the NFL,” Senator Tom Coburn wants to tax. The NFL the public thinks of is taxed, as stated in Jeremy QuattleBaum’s Article, “...every team, ticket, player, and television fees are taxed.” The part that is not taxed is the NFL League Office, which is in charge of “...drafting the rules, hiring the referees, and run[ing] the youth football program.” The NFL should remain a non-profit organization due to the fact what the NFL League Office is in charge of has nothing to do with the business side of the NFL. If I were a Senator, I would be absolutely opposed to Coburn’s suggestion, since he obviously did not do his homework.

2/13/2014
Benson/AZ
Rachael
Mr. Sorenson/Benson High School
I believe that the NFL should remain a non-profit trade organization and not have to pay taxes. This is because the NFL already pays taxes through the teams. The head office therefore should not have to pay on top of that. If anything they should be exempt only because they are offering a service to others; the youth football program. If I were a Senator, I would say that changes should not be made on the tax exemption (“the ruling on the field stands,”) because the NFL office itself truly is a non-profit organization only drafting the rules and facilitating the plays. The part of the NFL that makes a profit does indeed pay taxes and that’s how it should remain.

2/13/2014
arizona
donovan onerheim
sorenson
I think they should because the NFL gets played a lot of money and there are some things the NFL and teams and players do that are wrong and the NFL needs to take action and they don't all ways plus we as a whole country should pay taxes not just some of us and the others don't have to

2/13/2014
Irving/Texas
Adam
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the NFL should not be taxed. Yes you might think this is crazy, but there is confusion that should be cleared up here, there is this one small part of the NFL that is tax exempt: the NFL League Office. Just like what Spector said, teams make most of the money and those profits are rightfully taxed like any other corporations. NFL teams bring income to cities that they play in. For example when they built AT&T Stadium here in Arlington, many business owners around the area reported that the stadium helped them bring in profits. Senator Coburn though, can not get other Senators to join his side. Why? Senators love their football teams too and won’t want to do anything that will strain their relationship with the NFL and themselves. I love my football, I would not want to go to a city and sit and watch a game in a broken down stadium which also makes the city look bad.

2/13/2014
sidney Mt.
philip
Mr. faulhaber
I think that all sports should pay and yearly tax because of how much they make in a season. they make enough to where they should not be excempt from it and it would help out the country because they could use that money for something that we need.

2/13/2014
Sidney, Montana
Jakub
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
The NFL does what they want. Why all of a sudden make them pay taxes?? Help us get out of debt? It's going to take a lot more than taxing professionals sports to do that

2/13/2014
Sidney/MT
Savannah
Mr.Faulhaber
I agree with Sen. Coburn, they are Americans just like us and just because they are a professional sport they should pay taxes. It isn't fair for the rest of the hardworking people of America to pay taxes and they get exempt. I'm pretty sure that they make enough money throughout their football career per year that they can pay taxes. If everyone is so concerned about the gap between the middle (working) class and the upper (rich) class, this would be a good way. Everyone deserves to be treated equally.

2/13/2014
Irving TX
Carmen
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the NFL should have to pay for taxes, even though they are non profit group, its still not fair that the association does not have to pay for taxes, they make plenty of money for taxes to mean nothing. Million and millions and they can't pay taxes? I would most definitely support Coburns suggestion for the amendment. I for one am for it. Its truly unfair that they don't have their fair share of what we all must do.

2/13/2014
Irving/Texas
Jose L
Bradley/Nimitz
I can see why they wouldn’t tax major sport leagues. Especially the NFL for being such an patriotic sport part of the US history and heritage. But are they really non-profit? The NFL athletes are one of the best paid athletes in the nation. This means there is a great deal of untaxed money being circulated amongst teams, players, and owners like billionaire Jerry Jones. The sport alone produces $9.7 billion in revenue according to MSN News. This money should be taxed without any question about it, not only NFL but all major athletic leagues. No offense to the athletes but they should think outside the money. Their talent is greatly enjoyed by bringing people together for the love of the sport but for the love of our nation the money should be shared through taxes. How can we have pompous Super Bowls in a country with over $17 trillion in debt.

2/13/2014
Sidney, MT
jesse
Mr. Faulhaber
I think the NFL Should be taxed because playing football for a living is just like any other job.

2/13/2014
sidney, mt
toree
faulhaber
The NFL should be taxed. Even though they are playing a sport they should still be taxed. We pay for a lot of their stuff they play in and i just think they should pay taxes.

2/13/2014
Sidney/Montana
Layne Schafer
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel like the NFL and other professional sports associations should have to pay the same taxes as any other job in america, they clearly arent a non-profit, they are making plenty of money. I'm not saying they should be taxed an over amount, but I do feel like they should be taxed some

2/13/2014
Irving/TX
Sarah V
Bradley/Nimitz
Like other corporations, the NFL should pay taxes. Though the players and staff members themselves pay taxes, the NFL as a whole should be taxed in order to take on the same burden that every citizen in America shares. Considering the vast amount of revenue the NFL receives per year, the money taken from their taxes could be used to help a larger scope of people. If I was a Senator, I would vote in favor of Coburn's amendment to the tax code because taxing the NFL would positively affect our nation by putting the NFL on equal grounds with other major corporations.

2/13/2014
Irving/TX
Anh
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL, although a “non-profit” organization should be taxed. Why though, if they are a non-profit organization? Well they get the money from taxpayers to build stadiums in which they play and practice in, yes? People can argue that they are playing for our own entertainment, but we need to remember it is a type of occupation and like any other, you must pay taxes. Although the teams, TV stations, and tickets are taxed throughout every game, it can’t possibly make up for the amount of money the NFL receives in one years time. To not taxed this huge corporation is only unfair to the citizens who have to pay. Often people would say, “But we get a benefit out of it. We get to watch them on t.v. or live!” Well, they do get taxed for that, but who’s paying the bills and who’s paying for the tickets? This organization should do it’s part as a huge corporation in our nation and pay its taxes to help the citizens out a bit. The NBA is almost like the NFL, yet they are a “for-profit business”, says MSN on “Why doesn't the NFL pay taxes?” If the NBA, who also has “rules and standard practices for its members, develops programs to help them run their operations more efficiently and profitably, and promotes the business in the broader community” just like the NFL, why can’t they call themselves a “non-profit” company? If I was voting I would vote for Sen. Coburn’s bill to tax the NFL.

2/13/2014
Irving/TX
Vivian
Bradley/Nimitz
With the millions of dollars the NFL corporation makes individually, it goes without saying that the NFL should pay federal corporate taxes. The NFL being the most-watched sport viewed to a lot of taxpayers are not paying the fair share like their fans are. Fans of the NFL are paying their taxes for the benefit of providing stadiums for the corporation. If I were a senator, I would let Congress know that Coburn's amendment should be approved. In fact, the Major League Baseball corporation gave up their tax-exempt status. The NFL should do the same.

2/13/2014
Irving/TX
Janet
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that the NFL shouldn't pay taxes just like every other business or corporation. Just because the NFL is seen as a profitable organization doesn't mean that there should be a need to slap on another tax. The head office, which is considered the actual NFL, already pays taxes as corporation, so there should be no other reason to put a tax on the profit in which the individual players already use to pay their own separate taxes. At the end of the day, there are several taxes: one from the NFL (head office) and another that comes out of the players' checks. There is no need to put an additional tax on the NFL, unless the Government just feels like the NFL is too profitable.

2/12/2014
Irving, TX
Josh A
Bradley/ Nimitz
Even though the NFL is not taxed, they do not benefit from profit directly. However, the separate teams salaries and misc. are taxed.Furthermore, the NFL provides various programs for aspiring athletes. The NFL has even partnered with Michelle Obama to promote the program "Play 60" and raise awareness of child obesity. If the league is taxed, many of the programs that the NFL funds may be affected by it.

2/12/2014
Benson AZ
Morgan
Mr. Sorenson Benson High School
yes the NFL should be taxed. Even a non-profit organization that can make a billion dollars or more every season shouldn't be allowed to keep all of their withholding while the average "working" American works everyday for a pay that is no where near the NFL or its players. A football pro should be paid yes, but why so much of the unnecessary money? in one season a single player could make enough to live for the rest of his life. i for one work everyday and make enough to feed myself year round. they make enough to buy the town i live in. the NFL should be taxed and its players should not be so worshiped.

2/12/2014
Benson, AZ
Sarah
Mr. Sorenson/ Benson High School
I think the NFL should be taxed like everyone else. Why should they be exempt when everyone else has to pay? I'm not sure why it wasn't taxed in the first place. I've never seen them as a non-profit organization like I see other organizations. The sports leagues are all money beacons, and wouldn't be drastically affected by taxes.

2/11/2014
Irving/ TX
Kayla
Helen Bradley/ Nimitz High School
The NFL should pay taxes like any other corporation. The NFL makes a lot of profit and it would only be fair for it to be taxed. Even though the league pays taxes through the team, the billions in profits the league makes are not taxed. If I was a Senator I would vote in favor of Coburn's amendment. I would vote in favor of the amendment because by taxing the NFL League our rates would decrease and it would be more fair to the people and businesses. Such a huge recognized league as the NFL that wins as much money or more than any other corporation should be treated as equal.

2/11/2014
Irving/Texas
Ty'Mira
Lampkin/Nimitz High
The NFL should pay taxes like a corporation because, everyone in the United States pays Taxes. NFL not paying Taxes at all is totally unfair to the people of the United States, due to the fact that even famous actors have to pay. Football players play Football and get paid a ton of money, but for what? They don't do anything for our country.

2/11/2014
Irving/Texas
Kelsea Murcek
Bradley/Nimitz HS
The National Football League, as well as other sports organizations, should have to pay taxes. They are no different than any other company in the United States and deserve no special privileges just because they aren’t the main source of income for the football. Although the teams, who make all the money, are heavily taxed it doesn’t account for the organization as a whole. They stand as two different sections of the same organization and should be taxed as so. The NFL makes enough money as it is, so taxes shouldn’t be a big issue or concern in the name of profit. The biggest issue in the NFL not paying taxes is that the demands of taxes fall onto the shoulders of the common people. That is unjust and unfair. I would support Coburn’s amendment fully in the name of equality.

2/10/2014
Irving/Texas
Isabel
Bradley/Nimitz
A non-profit organization should not be taxed. The NFL is simply a trademark, a league office, for the beloved American sport. Along with other non-profit organizations, the NFL does not gain income from the ticket sales, television showings, the works. All of these things are benefactors to the profiting teams of the NFL which in part, pay taxes. The organization uses the money they make to better their system, to regulate the rules and standards, and to hire referees. However, the NFL is not the only huge sport organization out there. The NBA and the MLB both stripped themselves of their tax-exempt rights and turned to be for-profit organizations. In turn of the NFL giving up their exempt status, the act of doing so could “‘generate at least $91 million of federal revenue every year’ from the NHL and NFL alone.”

2/10/2014
Irving/TX
Evila
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL should pay taxes, just like any corporation. The NFL uses tax dollars to pay for their stadiums, so why shouldn't they pay taxes. It is not fair that citizens should be forced to see an increase in their taxes in order to give the NFL a tax break. Although, it does use some of the profits to donate for charity, losing a few million dollars should not drastically affect a corporation that is worth over 35 billion dollars. The NFL should be taxed, not out of greed but out of fairness.

2/10/2014
Irving/Texas
Berenizes
Bradley/Nimitz
Human want is never satisfied and that is proven even in this current situation of whether or not the NFL should be taxed. Sen. Tom Coburn is just driven by greed and knows that by taxing this non-profit organization they will get big bucks.Why should a non-profit organization pay taxes when they do so much for our communities. The NFL gives back by providing us with not only entertainment but also with programs that help our children. The main program they actively promote is “Play-60” which is a national movement focused on helping fight childhood obesity by getting kids to control their health. Furthermore, if the NFL gets taxed, which non-profit organization will be next?

2/8/2014
Irving,Texas
Vanessa Garcia
Bradley/Nimitz High School
The NFL should not be exempted for paying taxes. If citizens are taxed to build a stadium which they will use, it should be fair that they are taxed as well. I don't see how it's fair for them to making so much money off people buying tickets and our taxes and not paying a penny. Making so much profit and just keeping it to themselves does not even seem fair to begin with. They are a corporation and they should pay taxes.

2/7/2014
Irving/Texas
Jessi
Bradley/Nimitz
A non-profit organization is not to be taxed. The teams are taxed and the salaries of the company workers are taxed. The Senator wants to impose an inappropriate tax with little reasoning behind it other than greed. Not to mention the NFL gets voluntary sponsorship from various companies. In addition to being a non profit they also have the “60 Minutes of Play” and other recreational programs for youth. The way the tax bracket works can definitely spark some jealousy from the wealthy people who feel less wealthy than other wealthy people, such as certain politicians...

2/6/2014
Irving/Tx
Ruth
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL should pay taxes like a corporation. Even though the corporation is a “non-profit” organization it makes millions of dollars every year and it is not fair that they avoid a tax break just like the article states, “working Americans are paying high rates in order to subsidize special breaks for sports leagues.” Everyone should be taxed fairly it should not be the more you make the less you get taxed. If I was a Senator I would vote for Coburn's amendment.

2/6/2014
Irving/Texas
Milton
Bradley/Nimitz
The NFL does not pay taxes through the teams because the league and the teams make money in different ways. I would vote for Coburn's amendment if I was a senator because the NFL should be taxed. The NFL should be taxed because networks like CBS, ESPN, NBC pay the NFL to have the games aired on their networks. If the NFL was truly a non-profit organization then it would not ask for networks like those to pay them a ridiculously amount of money, it would air the live games for free. Plus the NFL fines players for misbehaving and the NFL should pay taxes on that too because if it was a true non-profit the NFL would just suspend the player and not fined him. So yes the NFL is a lucrative organization that should be taxed.

2/6/2014
Irving/TX
Zach
Bradley/Nimitz
Why must the children continue to suffer? NFL teams make profits and are taxed. The NFL organization itself is a non-profit organization, which is why it continues to avoid taxation. Forcing the organization to pay taxes would mostly affect its generous foundation that is dedicated to promoting the safety and health benefits of playing sports. The NFL Play 60 campaign is designed to tackle childhood obesity by getting kids active through in-school, after-school, and team-based programs. Save the children! Don't tax non-profit organizations!

2/4/2014
AZ/Benson.
John
Mr Srenson/ Benson High School
I think that the NFL should pay taxes like a corporation because the NFL is stupid and they need to pay for their awful players. Well, the league does pay taxes already throught the teams. But Coburn is stupid and a tax break is not neded so stop getting into NFL dumps, Coburn, leav e it up to NFL and corporations to make sure they pay BIGTIME so that they can quit sitting on their tushes and hogging off rich people and doing nothing themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think we ned to dump the NFL bozos so the coaches and others get a good sum of money, n ot above the working CLAAASSS!!!!!!!!!!! That's how I feel!Q

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