Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

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The President of the United States is on the warpath with the NFL again this morning, issuing his usual subtle threats.

Donald Trump is using the NFL as a foil in his battle to make himself synonymous with patriotism and the flag, after his strong-arming teams into making guys stand for the national anthem is beginning to work (at least in Dallas and Miami).

Of course, the NFL gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015 (for reasons that aren’t entirely to do with their tax obligations), and the President is famously in favor of lowering tax rates for other big businesses.

So he’s clearly trying to use the weight of his office to further his agenda, and with a few owners already caving, it’s the kind of aggressive play-calling the league ought to be used to.

88 responses to “Donald Trump takes aim at NFL’s “tax breaks”

  1. Trump gets massive tax breaks while working with Russia to build a trump tower over there. If i had to choose which is worse- kneeling during the anthem to make a statement about raciall issues or working hand in hand with AMERICA’S BIGGEST ENEMY………id have to say the NFL deserves more of a tax break than trump.

  2. Um, has the president even paid his own taxes in the past decade? Takes a tax evader to know a tax evader.

    By the way, Trumpcare failed for the third time, Mexico hasn’t paid for the non-existent wall, Trump’s campaign manager is facing indictment, Hillary hasn’t been locked up, no major legislation passed even with a republican controlled congress, and we lost 33,000 jobs for the first time in seven years.

    But yeah, let’s attack the NFL! Priorities!

    Wake up folks. It’s all a distraction.

  3. Love him or hate him, all PRESIDENT Trump wants is for “Americans” to stand for the national anthem and respect the flag of the UNITED States of AMERICA. There’s no reason to vilify him for demanding respect, not necessarily for himself, but for the SYMBOL of the (greatest?) country on Earth. It’s sad that this has become a pissing war, but if people cannot show respect while basking on the fruits that this country’s opportunities provide, then SEE YA!

  4. On top of the NFL giving it up, the tax-exempt status was largely misunderstood. The NFL was nonprofit, the individual teams are not.

    So all the actual revenue – tickets, advertising, merchandise sales – were subject to the top corporate tax. The teams essentially propped up the league office, which was independent and had no functional revenue streams, nor its own shareholders. It sounded strange, but the liability was never on the league office to pay the IRS, it’s the teams and their owners that make those billions everyone talks about.

  5. Why are they getting big tax incentives? Time for a flat tax with no loopholes.
    Everyone company / person should pay the same rate with no exceptions. True equality.

  6. Trump, please stay away from the NFL. I don’t care if they get tax breaks, let the anthem debate happen, and just please shut up about the NFL and let us watch football in peace. He is making everyone hate each other over everything, its ridiculous.

  7. He won’t be able to pass it anyway. He can’t pass anything. Clearly he has nothing better to do then attack a private business.

  8. lunchtimeallday says:
    Always wonder why the nfl pays less taxes then I do.

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    I always wonder why our billionaire president pays less taxes than I do.

  9. Trump’s just trying to divert attention from his failures to pass (or actually understand) any meaningful legislation.

  10. bbb82 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:47 am
    Um, has the president even paid his own taxes in the past decade? Takes a tax evader to know a tax evader.

    By the way, Trumpcare failed for the third time, Mexico hasn’t paid for the non-existent wall, Trump’s campaign manager is facing indictment, Hillary hasn’t been locked up, no major legislation passed even with a republican controlled congress, and we lost 33,000 jobs for the first time in seven years.

    But yeah, let’s attack the NFL! Priorities!

    Wake up folks. It’s all a distraction.

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    I also haven’t seen the closed steel mills and coal mines reopen.

  11. So, for 8 months athletes been trashing the president and not willing to go to the white house. Welp, I’m here to tell ya, he hits back and these guys have never experienced that before, and damn sure don’t know how to take it. I love it…!

  12. Meanwhile Trump and his cronies are trying to up the free money we give to big oil polluters from 80 billion a year to 137 billion a year. They are splitting up and selling off the national parks and monuments to big oil and big mining. Corruption is massive and running deep and Trump is using the NFL as a smokescreen.

  13. His tax reform plan calls for bigger tax breaks for businesses and the wealthy, the last time we checked the NFL is still a business. Trump is clueless.

  14. Need more coffee…

    Dunno, but the bigger questions would be: Why haven’t you released the last 10 years’ worth of your taxes? What are you hiding? Why do you default on paying people you owe money? Also, why do you pay off lawsuits out of your charity funds?

  15. artemidorus says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:49 am
    On top of the NFL giving it up, the tax-exempt status was largely misunderstood. The NFL was nonprofit, the individual teams are not.

    So all the actual revenue – tickets, advertising, merchandise sales – were subject to the top corporate tax. The teams essentially propped up the league office, which was independent and had no functional revenue streams, nor its own shareholders. It sounded strange, but the liability was never on the league office to pay the IRS, it’s the teams and their owners that make those billions everyone talks about.

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    The NFL gave up its tax exempt status because they did not want the required transparency that required. Thatthey felt paying taxes was better than having to open their books that should tell you a lot about revenue streams.

  16. bbb82 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:57 am
    lunchtimeallday says:
    Always wonder why the nfl pays less taxes then I do.

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    I always wonder why our billionaire president pays less taxes than I do.

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    The tax return they managed to dig up showed that he had paid 38 million and that was a little over 1/3 of his personal income. If you are paying more I am impressed.

  17. xlivsaints says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am
    Love him or hate him, all PRESIDENT Trump wants is for “Americans” to stand for the national anthem and respect the flag of the UNITED States of AMERICA. There’s no reason to vilify him for demanding respect, not necessarily for himself, but for the SYMBOL of the (greatest?) country on Earth. It’s sad that this has become a pissing war, but if people cannot show respect while basking on the fruits that this country’s opportunities provide, then SEE YA!
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    Are you really looking fir a gesture that doesn’t dishonor the flag and our country? Get rid of the confederate flag, once and for all.

  18. He has hijacked this issue out of pure spite and pettiness. He demands respect for the flag? Ok, but what are the protests asking For? For all Americans to be respected and that the social injustices that affect all races and genders be addressed. He is hiding behind his own administration failings by even refusing to listen to the reasons behind them. Not to listen to his fellow Americans cries for help on very real issues is not only disrespectful but down right unAmerican.

  19. Doesn’t pay taxes.
    Doesn’t show taxes.
    Gripes about other people taking advantage of tax loopholes (except evangelist megachurches, of course).

  20. Too bad he doesn’t include corporations in his rant. But that would cost him money. And we know President Bone Spurs is all about that.

  21. artemidorus says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:49 am

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    The NFL gave up its tax exempt status because they did not want the required transparency that required. Thatthey felt paying taxes was better than having to open their books that should tell you a lot about revenue streams.

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    So I’m guessing your logic then extends to Trump not releasing his taxes, right?………

    And to address your actual point: You are suggesting that the NFL started doing something illicit after 2015. What would that have been? started selling drugs? bribing foreign officials? There’s actually an easier answer for why they did it, which is to address the misconception that no NFL teams pay taxes – every one of them does pay taxes like any other business. Clearly, that was lost on this president, but that’s not surprising.

  22. Fire Goodell.
    Formally apologize for the flag protests.
    Suspend any players that continue them.

    p.s. This is not a negotiation.

  23. Love him or hate him, all PRESIDENT Trump wants is for “Americans” to stand for the national anthem and respect the flag of the UNITED States of AMERICA. There’s no reason to vilify him for demanding respect, not necessarily for himself, but for the SYMBOL of the (greatest?) country on Earth. It’s sad that this has become a pissing war, but if people cannot show respect while basking on the fruits that this country’s opportunities provide, then SEE Y
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    When the Houston Astros celebrate a series win in the MLB playoffs by showering a man in a US flag banana hammock with champagne and that is less disrespectful than players kneeling to protest social injustice, its no longer about respect for the flag. Anyone with eyes will find the US flag speedo far more disrespectful than a peaceful protest

  24. The tax return they managed to dig up…

    Uh, no…his team released that, on purpose…and it’s 12 years old. There’s a reason the only tax return you see is a good one, and you’re just too gullible to wonder why.

  25. stellarperformance says:

    Get rid of the confederate flag, once and for all.
    ================================================

    That would be illegal under the constitution.

  26. Because he doesn’t understand how the NFL works. The NFL itself is a trade association of the 32 teams. The 32 teams individually pay taxes, and any profits that the NFL as a sanctioning body makes is distributed to the 32 teams. They then pay taxes on it. People keep asking why the NFL is a non-profit organization, and that’s why. The goal is to make money for the TEAMS, not the NFL. The NFL itself doesn’t keep many (any?) of its profits. They all go to the teams that pay local, state and federal taxes the same as any other company. Also, with a $110M payroll a year on JUST the players, how much tax is the government making off those employees? A friggan load. So maybe… just maybe, the president should learn some things before shooting his mouth off. Or wait, he does know, but knows you jamokes don’t so he can say things that the ignorant and ill-informed will just agree with him on so he can feel important.

    Let’s also remember that Trump hates the NFL. On MORE than one occasion they’ve told him he can’t join their club. He tried in the 80’s, and again when the Bills were for sale and got told no. He feels slighted so he’s got a vendetta against the NFL. Again, he’s riling you up because he was slighted PERSONALLY. Think about that. You’re fighting this man’s hurt ego battles for him.

  27. 5x draft dodger under active investigation for high treason tries to preach about patriotism. Tax Evader who won’t show his tax returns claims a private business is shady with their taxes. All the while with NO WINS at his actual job. What an idiot.

  28. As long as the fools keep kneeling etc. with the NFLs blessings, I hope Trump destroys the NFL.

    And he has the determination to do it.

  29. The tax return they managed to dig up showed that he had paid 38 million and that was a little over 1/3 of his personal income. If you are paying more I am impressed

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    RegisHawk beat me to the punch but if you think that this was released without DT/Bannon knowing all about it and actually deciding what to release you aren’t the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    No Trump supporter is…

  30. If the president actually cared for and respected the principles this country was founded on, or even had the slightest curiosity in learning our history, I might be able to take him seriously about the flag. But he doesn’t and he never will. It’s jut a convenient excuse for him to fire people up and secure his base. Don’t fall for it. He’s a fake tough New York hustler who was born on third base then held a Macy’s day parade for hitting a triple. Who loses money owning a casino?

  31. When will he ever do something GOOD for the country instead of these useless attacks on the NFL, comedians, anybody who says something mean to him, etc.? Meanwhile, he’s accomplished NOTHING other than dismantling anything good done by the previous POTUS.

  32. to explain it the Tax exemption that the NFL claimed, but gave up two years ago is not a special case, it is standard for this structure. The NFL as an organization claims no profits, the individual teams/owners do. Those owners are taxed normally, the employees of the NFL office are also taxed normally, since the NFL office claims no profits, and brings no income in themselves (it is just a representative of the individual teams and is funded by them) there is no tax to pay anyway. The Tax exemption just simplifies the filing.

  33. Eric Reid said it Sunday with the Pence staged act. This is what people of power do when someone challenges the status quo. They will find all type of ways to try to discredit them to force their hands. Jay Hoover did it Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the Black Panther. Even Harvey Weinstein just tried to do the same thing when the New York times first reported on the sexual harassment claims. His first reaction was to say he was going to sue the news paper.

    When power people are attacked, they will do anything to change, demean and cause people to doubt the people fighting the powers. Collin and the rest of NFL players kneeling have made it clear from day one about why they kneeling but somehow, people keep adding their narrative for why players are kneeling.

    As a black man living in this country, I expect America to be America and it doesn’t matter if the people talking are liberals, conservatives or independents, America is a country that still treat their minority population like second class citizens and that will never change.

  34. bbb82 says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:47 am
    Um, has the president even paid his own taxes in the past decade? Takes a tax evader to know a tax evader.

    By the way, Trumpcare failed for the third time, Mexico hasn’t paid for the non-existent wall, Trump’s campaign manager is facing indictment, Hillary hasn’t been locked up, no major legislation passed even with a republican controlled congress, and we lost 33,000 jobs for the first time in seven years.

    But yeah, let’s attack the NFL! Priorities!

    Wake up folks. It’s all a distraction.

    ******************************************************************************************

    Well said sir…. These are nothing but facts, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on, I can’t see why you’re giving it a thumbs down.

  35. Would love to see this sort of fiery attack on a business that really has it coming, like, say, the banking industry, or the mortgage industry, or health care insurance providers…

    But no, let’s attack the football industry. Makes as much sense as anything else going on these days.

  36. It is about time someone did something about the monopoly known as the NFL. Why do they determine what team young players coming out of college play for? The NFL draft is simply another form of slavery. The colleges are the ‘farm systems’ for the NFL at no cost to them. The majority of stadiums that the NFL play in are built and supported by local and state tax money. There is no loyalty shown by the NFL to the cities they play in. If another city offers them a better deal in regards to stadiums, parking, etc., they will take their team and move it without looking back at the city and fans who supported them for so long. How does the NFL get around the anti trust laws of the USA? All of which indicates that owning an NFL team is better than owning a gold mine. Lead on President Trump. You are a man of the people and for the people. This includes the dummies who cannot understand that being true!

  37. Donald Trump was a draft dodger. Yeah. He really cares about defending our flag. He’s trying to use our flag and our military to divide the country. Un-American. Lock him up!

  38. siriusred67 says:

    When will he ever do something GOOD for the country
    ============================================

    He already did. Neil Gorsuch. That’s bigger than the long list of good things he’s already done and will do in the future.

  39. The tax breaks that Trump is referring to have to do with bonds, not with corporate taxes. Watching CNBC this morning they gave a report of how the NFL is getting good deals from the taxpayers on bonds. Interest on these are tax free. They got more than $3.2B since 2000 in tax breaks for their fancy stadiums.

  40. Bob Schoenle says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:47 am
    It is about time someone did something about the monopoly known as the NFL. Why do they determine what team young players coming out of college play for? The NFL draft is simply another form of slavery. The colleges are the ‘farm systems’ for the NFL at no cost to them. The majority of stadiums that the NFL play in are built and supported by local and state tax money. There is no loyalty shown by the NFL to the cities they play in. If another city offers them a better deal in regards to stadiums, parking, etc., they will take their team and move it without looking back at the city and fans who supported them for so long. How does the NFL get around the anti trust laws of the USA? All of which indicates that owning an NFL team is better than owning a gold mine. Lead on President Trump. You are a man of the people and for the people. This includes the dummies who cannot understand that being true!

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    — Hey Bob, remember when President Trump tried to buy the Buffalo Bills, way back in 2014?
    Your man of the people would be right in on that system if only they hadn’t shut him out. Which is what this is all about.

  41. audio2sell says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:50 am
    Why are they getting big tax incentives? Time for a flat tax with no loopholes.
    Everyone company / person should pay the same rate with no exceptions. True equality.

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    The moocher class will never allow it

  42. The guy plays golf every other day and his staff flies everywhere on military jets at taxpayers expense. Investigate that.

  43. shiftyshellshocked says:
    October 10, 2017 at 9:55 am
    I don’t understand why politicians have to release there taxes. None of our business.
    __________________________________________________________________

    The POTUS is arguably the MOST powerful human in our known universe (he has behind him the most powerful Armed Forces in the world. He has behind him the largest arsenal of Nuclear weapons. He has behind him the biggest economy in the world).

    For these reasons it IS VERY IMPORTANT to know who he is in financial bed with. It IS VERY IMPORTANT to know who he owes large amounts of money to. These reasons and many more could affect how he runs the country and the decisions he makes.

    I could go on, but do you catch my drift?

  44. audio2sell says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:50 am
    Why are they getting big tax incentives? Time for a flat tax with no loopholes.
    Everyone company / person should pay the same rate with no exceptions. True equality.

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    So many people don’t understand what a progressive tax system does. If you make $91,900 a year you pay 28% tax rate. So even if you make $1 million in a year you still pay a rate of 28% for the first $91.9k. The top rate is 39.6% for any money earned over $418,400. In essence everyone IS paying the same rate. The tax rate for the first $91,900 a person earns is the same whether they make $85,000 or $850,000.

    The real issues are the deductions which you called out and the fact that there isn’t a similar progressive model for stocks which does have a %15 flat tax rate. Also because of the standard deduction most people people will never even experience a higher tax rate. Also there are differences between personal and business tax rates.

  45. It’s funny how a New York hustler like Trump can bamboozle a whole constituency of people. “Not paying taxes makes you smart” said the man talking about tax breaks. Be patriotic, says the man who dodged the draft multiple times. Not only does he not care for the poor and disenfranchised people who voted for him, which the majority of his constituency is, he’s terrible at running a country and a great con artist. However, I will be tuned into the next season of the Apprentice.

  46. Trump, please stop seeping into the things that many Americans enjoy. You are now ruining football for those of us who love to watch and follow it. Besides, you should be worried about your own tax issues since the IRS is now part of Mueller’s investigation. Good luck with that…

  47. ” Who loses money owning a casino?”

    It didn’t. Trump pulled out every last penny he could into his own bank account and then screwed the investors with his fabricated “bankruptcy”. It was all a scam.

  48. “Of course, the NFL gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015.”
    …………………………..

    Kind of pathetic that almost no one on here seems to have read anything other than the headline. But, that’s football fans I guess. Your girlfriends must love you in the bedroom, …………… not, lol.

  49. He just flat out makes stuff up knowing his sheep won’t even know how to research to see if it’s the truth. He’s used to bullying to get his way and still doesn’t understand how it works. He needs a mental evaluation. Maybe he has CTE

  50. All you Trump haters, can I assume you were all in with Hillary? Her list of accomplishments as a Senator, Secretary of State and first Lady are staggering….well, at least she made bank.

  51. xlivsaints says:
    October 10, 2017 at 7:48 am
    Love him or hate him, all PRESIDENT Trump wants is for “Americans” to stand for the national anthem and respect the flag of the UNITED States of AMERICA. There’s no reason to vilify him for demanding respect, not necessarily for himself, but for the SYMBOL of the (greatest?) country on Earth. It’s sad that this has become a pissing war, but if people cannot show respect while basking on the fruits that this country’s opportunities provide, then SEE YA! Would you like that taken away?
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    So free speech goes out the window! Got it! Kind of like your comment! That’s free speech isn’t it? Would you like that taken away? If so, then MOVE TO RUSSIA!!!!

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