On October 31, 2013, the Seattle Times asked if people thought that the NFL, which rakes in billions of dollars every year from taxpayer-funded city stadiums that earn them a fortune in television broadcasting rights, should still be a non-profit organization. Well over 96 percent of the people said that the NFL should be stripped of its non-profit status, so you know what that means. When the majority of the people want something that goes against government and big business self-interests, the minority who profit from government inaction always wins. That’s what democracy is all about.
When you think about it, why should the NFL lose its non-profit status? After all, they don’t spend their own money building multimillion dollar stadiums. The taxpayers fund those stadiums to help their poor football teams who can barely afford to pay their coaches multi-million dollar salaries while ignoring critical city infrastructure like maintaining roads, bridges, water systems, electricity grids along with providing police and fire protection.
What’s more important? Watching a bunch of multi-millionaires playing football, or having your taxes actually going to making your city a better place to live? I rest my case.
Why do people expect billionaire football team owners to spend their own money building lavish new football stadiums when the taxpayers can be forced to fund the cost instead? If the taxpayers don’t want their tax money to flow directly into the pockets of billionaires who make more in one football game from TV broadcasting rights than most people earn in a lifetime, then they should stop watching football and start watching that other silly game called football where people try to kick a black and white ball into a net the size of Ethiopia, and still fail to score many points. The choice is yours.
Forcing taxpayers to pay the expenses of building and maintaining a football stadium for private interests to profit from is just common sense. They say that adversity develops character, so what better way to create character in the common people than to tax them heavily to build stadiums, and then charge them outrageous amounts to get into the very same stadium that their taxpayer money helped build in the first place?
Nothing can bring a family together faster than attending a single football game that has no relevance to the playoff picture. When your average family has to save up all year so they can blow a few hundred dollars in one day on tickets to bad seats, hot dogs filled with questionable meat, drinks watered down with substances you actually hope was made from clean water, and football jersey souvenirs with the names of their favorite player who has yet to get arrested for illegal drug use or murder, those are the types of memories that people can treasure forever.
Even better, they can relive those cheerful memories when bill collectors call every week, reminding them that the money they spent on going to a football game meant that they neglected to pay their other bills for food, rent, and clothing. You can bet those billionaire football team owners, sitting in the comfort of luxury skyboxes that they never paid for, can never get to reminisce with their families about character-building experiences like that.
As long as the NFL continues earning billions on the backs of taxpayer-subsidized public facilities that are closed to the actual public unless they pay extra to get in, why shouldn’t the NFL maintain their non-profit status? Government has no place in regulating the activities of big business, especially if those activities run counter to the ability to generate massive profits while someone else gets stuck paying all the major expenses.
In fact, the Federal government should apply for non-profit status themselves. That way we can all cheer when our favorite Congressman taxes us some more while pocketing taxpayer money for their own self-interests. Come to think of it, maybe the government is a non-profit organization already.