The NFL has a dirty little secret that every fan needs to know.
And it has to do with money — a lot of it. In particular, how much money the league takes from taxpayers.
Fox Sports reported in March that taxpayers have spent a mind-blowing amount of money to help fund the building of new football stadiums in the past two decades, and we’re not talking peanuts — we’re talking in the billions of dollars of public funds.
Fox reported that over the last 20 years, taxpayers have spent more than $7 billion nationwide to build or revamp NFL stadiums, amounting to roughly 46 percent of the costs of the projects.
The news outlet also provided a spreadsheet of costs that broke down the costs by individual team and noted that it was not complete because it did not factor in how much it costs the public to run a stadium on game days and it did not include the value of tax breaks given to NFL teams.
Sports Business Journal reported that the NFL will rake in about $14 billion in revenue this season, a number that seems to suggest that the league does not need one cent of taxpayer money.
Over the summer, Sens. James Lanklford, R-Okla., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., sponsored a bill that would prevent federal taxpayer dollars from going towards the construction of professional sports arenas, according to The Daily Caller.
Now that the NFL has allowed itself to become politicized, there is a good chance the bill could gather steam.
Even a liberal like Booker sees a problem with the amount of money the league manages to take from taxpayers.
“There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits,” he said in a statement.
Funny as it is to hear a Democrat complaining about how taxpayer money is used, he’s got a point.
It looks like ratings and national anthem protests are just the beginning of the NFL’s problems.
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