While the NFL is a non-profit, the individual organizations are not and are taxed
I realize the local teams are taxed, but what I am saying is the NFL is a profitable, executive corporation that is being allowed to operate in a non-profit status. They do more than the standard "trade association" status would imply, they hand out millions of dollars to locations based on those locations' willingness to give them free stuff, suspend employees based on the rules they impose, have the authority to block citizens from entering games (which are in publicly-funded facilities), hike prices on tickets/merchandise, and ultimately extort local governments to fund extravagant facilities that have a singular purpose. They run the NFL like a corporation, they should be paying for the privilege to use the local infrastructure.
If I, a private citizen, were to want to host an event in any one of these facilities I would have to pay for the right to do so. Even if I were a non-profit, my NPO would have to pay to host the event. Why is a profitable body not having to do the same? I think the boon of a NFL team in a city is over-stated and over-estimated, especially when aligned with the cost of keeping them in a location when they start making noise.
This post was edited on 5/22 at 9:08 am