Sign the petition: The NFL should pay taxes

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The NFL shouldn't be tax-exempt.

The petition to House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz:
"The NFL earns billions in revenue every year, but hasn't paid a dime in taxes since the 1960's. It's outrageous that the NFL is considered a 'non-profit organization.' You must demand that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appear before your committee to testify about the NFL's tax-exempt status."

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Dear 5849376,

This year's Super Bowl was the most watched show in television history, with ads selling for $150,000 a second.1 And while the National Football League brings in over $9.5 billion in revenue a year, it is somehow considered a "non-profit organization" and hasn't paid a penny in taxes since 1966.2

The notion that the NFL is some kind of "non-profit" is beyond ridiculous, but that could change soon if Congress does the right thing. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, recently suggested he may call NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before Congress about the NFL's tax-exempt status.3

With a historic Super Bowl game fresh in everyone's mind, now's the perfect time to force Commissioner Goodell to testify before Congress about the NFL's tax-exempt status.

Tell Chairman Chaffetz: Make Commissioner Roger Goodell testify before the House Oversight Committee about the NFL's non-profit status. Click here to sign the petition.

The idea that the NFL is a "non-profit organization" is absurd. There is no justification for treating the NFL like a charity when Commissioner Goodell earns an incredible $44 million per year, and when America's top brands pour hundreds of millions of sponsorship dollars into its coffers every year.4

Since 1998, the NFL has spent more than $14 million on lobbying to keep its incredible, tax-free deal, and the League has doled out nearly $2.5 million in campaign contributions since 1992.5 Congressional hearings featuring the NFL's highly compensated top executive will shine a national spotlight on this massive taxpayer handout.

It's time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to testify before Congress. Click the link below to sign the petition:

Thanks for taking action.

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. "Super Bowl XLIX Was Most-Watched Show In U.S. Television History," Catherine Taini, Huffington Post, February 2, 2015
  2. "The Real Super Bowl Question: Should The NFL Be A Nonprofit?," Tom Watson, Forbes, January 30, 2014
  3. "Top Republican lawmaker wants to put NFL commissioner in the hot seat," Chris Frates, CNN, February 2, 2015
  4. "How the NFL makes the most money of any pro sport," Ike Ejiochi, CNBC, September 4, 2014
  5. "National Football League Contribution and Lobbying Totals," Center for Responsive Politics

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