Section 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code provides for the exemption of business leagues, chambers of commerce, real estate boards, boards of trade and professional football leagues, which are not organized for profit and no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual.The NFL is considered a nonprofit by federal law (in fact, as the tax-code quote shows above, the league gets a specific call-out). How the heck did that happen? Long story, but Sen. Tom Coburn wants to change that.
An NFL spokesman would only jokingly say that Janet Jackson and Miley Cyrus have been ruled out as performers.The Los Angeles Times, reporting on a rumor that Bruno Mars was going to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Generally, ESPN’s business interests will always be at odds with its journalism. It is not a journalism company. It’s an entertainment company. This is the age of journalism we live in, not just at ESPN but everywhere. Journalism is increasingly more corporate. When you get in bed with the devil, sooner or later you start growing your own horns.A high-profile columnist for ESPN • Speaking off the record to The Nation about the media outlet’s decision to end a collaboration with PBS’ Frontline on the NFL’s concussion problems—this despite the fact that two journalists on ESPN’s payroll worked on the project, which includes a book and documentary, for more than a year. The lesson here? The NFL has a big contract with the network, and money talks.
Just in time for the start of the 2013-2014 NFL season, PBS’ long-running Frontline (in tandem with ESPN’s Outside The Lines) will open its 32nd season with an episode on traumatic brain injuries in football. It’s not just a matter of grim reflection, or an academic subject, however. With more comprehensive, modern scientific data on CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) now on offer, thousands of former players are taking on the NFL for allegedly concealing knowledge of the scope and grisliness of the problem. Indeed, the question raised at the end of the above trailer, on how prevalent these injuries may be, is a worthy one — researchers at Boston University, back in January, had found evidence of CTE in 33 of the 34 brains of NFL players they studied. source
Given the divisiveness and persistent unpopularity of the health care law, it is difficult to understand why an organization like yours would risk damaging its inclusive and apolitical brand by lending its name to its promotion.A letter from Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) • Warning the NFL not to get involved in a marketing campaign involving the Affordable Care Act, which would encourage younger Americans to sign up for the soon-to-open healthcare marketplaces. The letter, which also was sent to a number of other sports leagues, appears to have had an effect—despite claims by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the league was actively involved, NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello offered up a response that sounded far less convinced: “We have responded to the letters we received from members of Congress to inform them we currently have no plans to engage in this area and have had no substantive contact with the administration about (the law’s) implementation,” he said.
Such offensive epithets would no doubt draw wide-spread disapproval among the NFL’s fan base. Yet the national coverage of Washington’s NFL football team profits from a term that is equally disparaging to Native Americans.A letter, signed by ten members of Congress, asking Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name, saying it’s a derogatory term towards Native Americans. The team has repeatedly said that they do not consider the name offensive, and have no plans to change the name. Polling on the football team’s name favors keeping it in place. The effort was led by Rep. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, the congressman for the American Samoa.