While the NFL Counts its Super Bowl Cash, New Jersey Taxpayers Are Left With a Big, Big Bill

February 6, 2014 at 5:10 PM Leave a comment

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Another example of the power of lobbyists:

As the NFL packs out of town, with their self-proclaimed all-American extravaganza, we should say good riddance, and make sure they don’t come back with their big money, big everything, big game.

Because you, New Jersey taxpayer, are on the hook for the league’s big party for itself.

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—  The NFL pays nothing for security. It’s right there in the bid contract, which was obtained by The Star-Ledger. So who pays for the 700 state troopers who patrolled the game and circled overhead in two choppers? Or the New Jersey National Guard in their Humvees, who guarded the rail lines and stadium perimeter? Or the local police from a few dozen towns from New Milford to Millville.

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—  The NFL bid contract forbids host states from collecting sales tax on ticket sales, parking, luxury box sales, etc. It keeps 100 percent of the revenue, so there was no state tax benefit to offset our costs.

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With their military flyovers, stars and stripes electronic banners and armed forces color guards, the NFL constantly wraps itself in the American flag.

But as a nonprofit corporation, they pay no federal taxes. Nothing for defense. Nothing for veterans’ benefits.

The NFL is a nonprofit corporation?  How did that happen? Lobbyists.

What a nice gig for NFL owners:

Let’s put that in perspective: The cost of each of the 109 luxury boxes the league sold at MetLife for Sunday game was $400,000. Do the math. That’s $43,600,000, for a sliver of the stadium.

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Ah.  Mazing.  The 1% have managed to set things up very, very nicely for themselves indeed.

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Entry filed under: Corporatocracy.

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