To The Editor:
The NFL should be called the National Felons League because a rap sheet is a requirement for landing on team rosters. Those responsible for hiring & harboring violent offenders must pay for their atrocious conduct. Firing Roger Goodell isn’t enough. Let’s sack the the NFL on the bottom line by ending its tax exemption. This $10 billion money machine, which pays its CEO $35 million annually, is designated by the IRS as a non-profit, tax exempt trade association.
The NFL is the only major professional sports league enjoying this privilege. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to end this tax dodge, which drew poor early support because NFL lobbyists have the best congress money can buy. But 16 women senators now demand the NFL’s zero tolerance for domestic violence. They must reinforce their demand by backing Sen. Coburn’s bill and urging their colleagues to pass it. This is a chance for red and blue state legislators to show their true colors. Are they true champions of women’s well-being or testosterone-fueled NFL cheerleaders? Contact N.Y. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, and House Representatives Grace Meng and Joe Crowley. Tell them to stop pro football from ripping off taxpayers and rewarding greedy owners and officials for bad behavior.
The NFL deserves a penalty flag for its failures.