Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Coburn still being felt: NFL to drop tax-exempt status

Although he is no longer in the U.S. Senate, Tom Coburn's influence is still being felt. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent out a memo today that announced the league's office is dropping their tax-exempt status.

Several years ago, Dr. Coburn began to push for eliminating tax-exempt status for professional sports organizations. The status made it into editions of Coburn's annual Wastebook catalogue of wasteful government spending. Since Coburn's retirement, a growing number of members of Congress have taken the issue up.

Goodell called the tax-exempt status "a distraction", and said dropping it would not greatly affect operations at the NFL's central office.