by Countable | 10.11.17
Good Wednesday, friends, from all of Team Countable and from me, Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook.
All major league sports in the U.S. That's right, the NFL, the NBA, MLB and all other professional sports leagues are entitled to tax-exempt status under U.S. law. Now, to be fair, in recent years several big orgs have voluntarily given up that status. But given the recent friction between some pro-athletes and the Trump administration, a handful of lawmakers are renewing calls to revoke the tax-exempt status of pro-sports leagues. Check out the bill here.
Did you know that, for the past few decades, a president's nominees to be federal judges could be quasi-vetoed by senators from that court's state? Does that sentence even make sense? Yes, this is one of those complicated, weedy issues that feels like it only matters in Washington. But it has serious implications across the country. Check out our story on the Senate's rule change on judicial nominees.
Did you see the 'Monopoly Man' sitting in on a congressional hearing about changing rules for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? Or the Carpenter from Illinois who crafted 58 wooden crosses and stars of David, then drove them 1,700 miles to the site of the Las Vegas massacre? Don't miss these stories of thought-provoking demonstration.
We want YOU! to tell us what's really important in American governance right now. So keep in touch, folks. We're eager for your thoughts and feedback.
— Andrea Seabrook, Managing Editor
Written by Countable
They need to pay taxes!!!!! Just like every other industry, company and working citizens! Outrageous!
Left and right battle everyday over taxes and where tax money goes. Meanwhile some of the largest organizations in this country don’t pay a dime and then ask states to pay for stadiums and the fans to pay salaries. They better start paying taxes ASAP!!!
Professional athletes and the organizations that employ these individuals need to pay taxes just like those who pay to watch them.
How is it NFL, NBA and MLB are tax exempt non profit, racking in billions? Good old beer belt, bubba six pack, and tax payers chipping in no doubt.
No one including religious groups and churches should be exempt from paying taxes.
Everyone needs to pay there taxes. I would like to not pay any taxes but I’m legally responsible to pay them and it should be the same for the NFL too.
With everything the United States is facing right now, are we seriously discussing this??? The President has picked a petty fight once again. I find it interesting that he belittled Senator John Mc Cain, stating that he was not a patriot or a hero--he likes people that weren't captured and held prisoners of war. This is about the most disrespectful, ignorant comment made by somebody at the time running for President of the United States. Now, all of a sudden, players taking a knee to protest lack of civil rights during the National Anthem is not patriotic. What a ridiculous hypocrite! Please put country over party! Do the right thing and squash this ridiculousness!!!!!
Pro sports teams are for profit businesses and should be treated by the tax code as such. They should be subject to the same tax law as other businesses.
What makes them so different from any other entertainment industry? Nothing, other than the fact that playing sports can lead to bodily injuries. Why should they not be responsible for taxes like everyone else.
Everyone needs to pay taxes.
WHAT?!?? Religion and now sports!
They are an entertainment company who gets a ridiculous salary, why in the hell would they not have to pay taxes?
Who decides to give multi million dollar ball clubs tax breaks and subsidized deals on purchases of any kind? Stop the corruption.
You gotta be shittin me. Conservatives are always talking about big government and its over reach. What the f**k do you think this is?
Of all organizations, the NFL should pay taxes.
The sport professionals organization like NFL, NBA and professional athletes need to pay taxes of course!!
I feel All these nonprofit organization’s such as the NFL NBA MLB should have to pay taxes I think it’s bull that I’m required to and everyone else’s but they are not. Yet they make billions of dollars charge ridiculous amounts of money to see a game hotdogs and beer cost more than you could imagine. Stadiums are paid for by taxpayers they are getting a free ride. So yeah they need to pay taxes with interest.
Quasi vetoed sounds like one of Trump’s made up words. Why were pro sports made tax exempt in the first place?
EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD PAY TAXES. Is that not part of the up-roar against immigrants?!
That needs to change now!! Nothing more to say! Here is a thought, maybe disabled first responders, disabled veterans and anyone on active duty in the military shouldn’t pay taxes. Now that is something we should be behind.