As the NFL continues to allow (and even promote) the anti-American “kneelers” within their organization, it turns out there’s one secret that could spell disaster for the league.
According to one Twitter post, it appears that the NFL relies on over $1 billion in subsidies from American taxpayers, an expense that most citizens would be surprised to hear about. In light of recent developments, Trump should take those funds away.
The NFL is, or at least used to be, one of the most profitable professional sports leagues in the US, earning billions in profits and revenues every single year. However, what most people don’t seem to know is that these profit margins are made possible by the billions in taxpayer dollars that are spent supporting the organization.
Between team spending, tax breaks, and stadium construction, the NFL is getting an extraordinarily good deal off of the government’s dime, something that has left experts aghast.
“I’ve been studying this for 15 years, and I still can not believe cities and states are lined up begging to give money to these very profitable [teams],” said Professor Rick Eckstein, an expert on stadium finance, according to CNN.
Among the largest contributors of financing to the NFL comes in the form of stadium construction. Over the past 20 years, the American taxpayer has spent over $7 billion to help build or renovate NFL stadiums. Stuart Varney went on FOX & Friends to talk about this very topic.
“There’s $1.1 billion in direct subsidies from taxpayers to the NFL…Taxpayer subsidies go to the building of stadiums. There have been 20 new NFL stadiums since 1997. All of them have received a degree of taxpayer subsidies,” he said.
However, with the league making a habit of encouraging disrespect to the anthem–started off by Colin Kaepernick and now influencing 200 different NFL athletes to do the same, many are feeling the league is biting the hand that is feeding them.
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, around one-third of Americans are less likely to watch the NFL games in light of these anthem protests. While that might not seem like a lot, the prospect of one-third of the potential viewership disappearing in the blink of an eye is enough to give even a multi-billion dollar organization pause.
When coupled with the fact that the organization has been struggling to fill stadiums and that they are experiencing historically low ratings, the league has never been in a weaker position. If President Trump should choose to withdraw this $1.1 billion in subsidies in response to these anti-American efforts, then 2017 could very well be the year that the NFL came to an end.
Many Americans are fed up with the league’s recent actions, and many more are frustrated to hear that the government is spending its precious taxpayer dollars on supporting the NFL. “Please Stop My Tax Money from supporting the NFL – Send to FL-TX & P.R,” tweeted Jefferson Creel, just one fed up American.
Whether or not Trump chooses to pull the financial plug from the NFL is yet to be seen, but it would be a move that many Americans would support.