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Has the NFL already given up its tax exempt status?

September 27, 2017

According to, the National Football League announced in 2015 it would end the tax-exempt status for the league office .

In a letter to team owners, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the central league office, which coordinates and manages the league’s affairs, is listed as a nonprofit organization, but the NFL’s 32 teams already pay taxes on their profits, as well as on player salaries and merchandise sales.

“The effects of the tax-exempt status of the league office have been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years,” Goodell said in the letter. “The fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax-exempt.”

Goodell said that the league office and its management council will file returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year.

CNN also reported this in April 2015. So did Time.

Oops? Inweekly has asked Congressman Gaetz’s office for a comment.

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