Success: NFL No Longer Tax Exempt


Target: Mr. Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League

Goal: Praise the choice to end the NFL’s tax exemption.

The National Football League is no longer a tax exempt organization thanks to a recent letter sent by Commissioner Roger Goodell to the teams and Congress. It seems that the commissioner and his advisors are voluntarily giving up their tax break after receiving pressure from politicians and activists on ForceChange, who signed this petition. It is absolutely insane that an organization so big and so profitable would be allowed to operate without paying any federal taxes, but today that has come to an end.

The NFL is the United States’ biggest sports league, making just over $10 billion annually. It is worth noting that two less lucrative professional sports leagues, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, both pay and have paid federal income taxes for many years. For this reason, several congressional critics of the league have applauded the move and called it “a return to fairness.”

Despite all of these good feelings and happy returns to fairness, it’s important that the NFL remains under a close watch. Several critics have claimed that the league made the change in order to stop having to disclose the salary of the commissioner and other advisors. Some have said it was to relieve some of the pressure on the league for other issues, such as the offensive name of the team in Washington, DC.

Regardless of the reasoning behind the decision, it at least means some more tax revenue for the Federal Government to spend on the people who actually watch football. Please sign here to thank the NFL for voluntarily deciding to pay the taxes that they really should have been paying all along.


Dear Mr. Goodell,

It has come to my attention that the National Football League has decided to officially give up its tax-exempt status. I understand that this was a difficult decision for you and your office and want to thank you for ultimately doing the right thing for the country. It may be true that the NFL pays taxes at the state level, but the fact remains that the league could not exist and operate without the services that the Federal Government provides.

I understand that the NFL’s designation as a tax-exempt organization was not your choice, but when any group is making $10 billion a year in profit, it needs to pay its fair share. The NFL can now join the two other major sports leagues, the NBA and the MLB, on a fair playing field, or court in the NBA’s case. Thank you for making this decision and please silence the critics who say this is only a political move to stop having to disclose your salary.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Cat Jefferson says:

    Thank you for finally doing the right thing.

  2. Maria Mendoza says:

    They should also have to pay back-taxes. They have been for profit all these years. The costs of attending a football game are prohibitive for the average family. the salaries these players make are astronomical. Thank you for the change.

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