If Congress is going to get involved in anything involving the National Football League, it should be quite specific and it should deal exclusively with matters of taxation.
Take the league’s status as a “non-profit” entity, which exempts it from paying federal taxes.
Yank that status. Now.
We’ve heard some clamoring from lawmakers about the House and Senate convening hearings over the issue of domestic violence. Accordingly, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., has proposed a bill that would remove the non-profit status and dedicate revenue received toward paying for programs dealing with this tragic issue.
The hearings are a waste of time. All they would do is give senators and House members a platform to pontificate in public about their indignation over domestic violence.
Other senators, such as Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., are targeting the non-profit issue as a way to punish the league for its support of the Washington Redskins team nickname, which many Americans believe denigrates Native Americans.
Whatever the cause, the tax issue is the only way Congress should get involved in the affairs of a private enterprise.
Frankly, I’m astonished that the NFL enjoys the tax-exempt status at all. To suggest the league is a “non-profit” organization is laughable on its face.
Congress has a role to play in fixing what’s wrong with the NFL. That role, though, should focus solely on taxation.