The delegate for the District of Columbia is advocating for the revocation of the National Football League’s (NFL) tax exempt status unless the Washington Redskins organization agrees to change its name, which is considered by some to be offensive.
Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), a nonvoting member of Congress, told the podcast Capital Games Wednesday that the NFL’s status as a tax exempt organization should be revoked unless it forces the Redskins to change their name, which she slammed as a “racial slur.”
“The NFL greed is so widespread that they’ve chosen to operate as a tax-exempt organization. So we want to take that choice away from them unless, and until, they decide not to profit from a name that has now officially been declared a racial slur.”
The Washington Post reports Norton was alongside Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell of Washington State when she announced her intention to eliminate the NFL’s tax exempt status because of their refusal to force the Redskins’ hand.
An anti-Redskins group called “Change The Mascot” sent a letter to the NFL’s owners asking them to take action to force Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s hand.
“Under the league’s bylaws, the league is empowered to initiate disciplinary action against any ‘owner, shareholder, partner or holder of an interest in a member club (who) is guility of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.’
“Clearly, Washington team owner Dan Snyder’s continued promotion of this racial slur represents such conduct. This is evident in the recent news that a majority of Washington, D.C. residents now oppose the name, and it is evident in the news that sales of Washington team merchandise is plummeting.
“Put simply, in a country and sports fan base that is becoming ever more diverse, Mr. Snyder is jeopardizing the welfare of the league by promoting an epithet against people of color.”
Snyder said in May he will “never” change the team’s name, according to reports.
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Republican Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma also wants to revoke the NFL’s tax-exempt status, but not because of the Redskins’ name. His concern is over a 1966 law which enabled professional sports leagues to run as nonprofit organizations, reports Yahoo News. The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) also take advantage of this law. Coburn’s question is, “why?”
“The question Americans ought to ask is why? Who cut that deal?
“And why should the very wealthy team owners through their league office not pay taxes, which means all the rest of us pay more taxes.”
H/T The Blaze
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