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The Daily Countable: Pro-Sports Leagues Don't Have to Pay Taxes

by Countable | 10.11.17

Good Wednesday, friends, from all of Team Countable and from me, Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook.

On the Radar

Guess who doesn't have to pay taxes?

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.

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Blue Slip?

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.

Creative Protests, Not to Miss

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.

Your Government At A Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC & Harrisburg, PA

  • The president will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the afternoon.
  • In the evening, the president will deliver remarks on tax reform in Harrisburg, PA before returning tot he White House.

The House of Representatives: IN Session

  • Voting on a bill to increase bonuses for federal employees who identify unnecessary expenses.
  • Voting on a bill to make permanent a program letting whistleblowers appeal decisions to circuit courts.
  • Voting on a bill to create a national commission to improve diabetes treatment & prevention in federal programs.
  • Voting on a bill to extend an exemption for smoke alarms and similar safety devices from energy conservation standards.
  • Voting on seven other bills.

The Senate: OUT

  • The Senate will return Monday, October 16.

And In the End...

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

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  • Ken
    10/11/2017
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    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!!!

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  • Shawn
    10/11/2017
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    Professional athletes and the organizations that employ these individuals need to pay taxes just like those who pay to watch them.

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  • Dave
    10/11/2017
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    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.

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  • Paul
    10/12/2017
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    No one including religious groups and churches should be exempt from paying taxes.

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  • Janice
    10/12/2017
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    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.

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  • Gina
    10/11/2017
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    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!!!!!

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  • Sara
    10/11/2017
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    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.

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  • Karl
    10/11/2017
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    WHAT?!?? Religion and now sports!

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  • John
    10/11/2017
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    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?

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  • Vickie
    10/12/2017
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    Of all organizations, the NFL should pay taxes.

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  • S
    10/12/2017
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    Quasi vetoed sounds like one of Trump’s made up words. Why were pro sports made tax exempt in the first place?

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  • Mike
    10/13/2017
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    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.

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  • Edward
    10/11/2017
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    Professional sports teams and associations have income therefore they should have income taxes.

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  • Monica
    10/12/2017
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    EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD PAY TAXES. Is that not part of the up-roar against immigrants?!

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  • NoHedges
    10/11/2017
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    Amateur, I can understand, they are not allowed to get paid. ❗️However, professional sports teams, they need to pay taxes! They make more per game than the average American middle class households do in five years. Striking now while 45 and vice are pissed 😡, means we finally can start recouping some of those elitist 💰Whether retaliation or not, they have profited for this loop-hole long enough. Our infrastructure must be rebuilt. They can take a knee for the future athletes.

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  • Atilio
    10/11/2017
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    The sport professionals organization like NFL, NBA and professional athletes need to pay taxes of course!!

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  • Rocky
    10/11/2017
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    They should absolutely pay taxes!!

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  • Timothy
    10/11/2017
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    Absolutely no tax breaks for professional sports teams. None. Ever. Not under any circumstances. Who put this nonsense in place?

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  • Sharon
    10/13/2017
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    Billion dollar profits, and they don’t pay taxes? At all? Unbelievable. Where’s a so-called deficit hawk when you need one?

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  • GatewayJohn
    10/12/2017
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    If sports "entertainment" should pay taxes then what about religious "entertainment"?

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