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What do you think of the NFL's Tax Exempt Satus?

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Started: 2/21/2014 Category: Sports
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Bubbanater

Pro

I don't have a big problem with this.
cjrichards18

Con

I accept to argue against having the NFL retain its tax exempt status.
Debate Round No. 1
Bubbanater

Pro

The NFL is a unincorporated 501(c)(6) non-profit as it is essentially a trade association made up of member teams. The NFL actually does not make a profit, it is the individual teams that do (all but the Green Bay Packers are for profit corporations. Green Bay is a non-profit).
cjrichards18

Con

I would like to start by noting that in most cases, NFL stadiums are propped up by taxpayers in the areas they are located in. Stadiums are extravagant and concessions are priced much higher than normal goods simply for profit purposes and to pay the high salaries of the players. While these are mostly the choices of individual teams, they are still part of the NFL as a whole and it has the ultimate authority in what they do and how they function. The idea that they endure losses is strictly in terms of revenue and suggests that they are hurting financially and therefore should be cut a break. Roger Goodell has a salary of 44.2 million [1] annually, and you don't make that much money as the head of an organization if you don't have a surplus of some sort coming in, whether it be in equity or other forms. [2]

Most of the money the NFL itself makes is from advertisement and exclusive ownership to broadcasting rights. Along with that, it sells an abundance of merchandise and enjoys some of the largest viewing audiences in history. Just like any other business, profit or non-profit, they should be responsible for the management of their own finances. As the NFL is the ultimate decision-maker of the teams in the league, if they were really hurting for money it would be in their authority to draw in more income from the teams they manage. They can and do fine players and teams quite regularly, so it is within their power to do so, especially considering their entire deficit in terms of revenue and expenses could be compensated for by the salaries of a handful of players.

On top of those reasons, I believe the main argument against them retaining a tax-exempt status is that they are partially funded by taxpayers, both directly and indirectly. To take an event that would not be possible without the financial support of localities and then claim exclusive rights over all the content involved with things they did not entirely pay for is not ethical. They are very persistent in targeting anyone who even remotely violates their exclusive rights. [3] They are extremely profit-driven, have a high credit rating, have television stations fighting over the right to broadcast their material, and have one of the largest fan bases in America, so I find it hard to believe that they are strapped for cash to the point of justifiably being tax-exempt while normal businesses must pay.

[1]- http://www.nytimes.com...
[2]- http://www.guidestar.org...
[3]- http://msn.foxsports.com...
Debate Round No. 2
Bubbanater

Pro

Bubbanater forfeited this round.
cjrichards18

Con

Waiting for the Pro's response since last round was forfeited.
Debate Round No. 3
Bubbanater

Pro

Bubbanater forfeited this round.
cjrichards18

Con

Again, waiting for Pro to post a response.
Debate Round No. 4
Bubbanater

Pro

Bubbanater forfeited this round.
cjrichards18

Con

I rest my argument on the grounds of round 2 as there has been no reply.
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