The NFL is now in some serious trouble, not only with its fans but also with the federal government. The protests really have have a huge impact on a wide variety of issues. Ratings, for example, are significantly down this year from years past.
This stems directly from these players decision to protest during the national anthem. Surprisingly, the NFL has done nothing to punish these players for their actions. In fact, they have helped them more than anything.
But that might all be coming to an end after it was announced that the bipartisan effort to defund the NFL has been getting very popular as of late. What makes it even more amazing is that a Republican and Democrat are working together to make sure that this thing gets passed.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) are co-sponsoring a bill that would get rid of any taxpayer money going towards the NFL and building their stadiums. This is something that everyone can agree on. This should not be happening. The NFL has plenty of money to spend on their own.
“Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Booker said. “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.”
Sen. Lanford held similar thoughts on the subject: “The federal government is responsible for a lot of important functions, but financing sports stadiums for multi-million — sometimes billion — dollar franchises is definitely not one of them. Using billions of federal taxpayer dollars for the subsidization of private stadiums when we have real infrastructure needs in our country is not a good way to prioritize a limited amount of funds.”
This is something that should have happened a long time ago. Sadly, it took disrespect from NFL players for it to move forward.
Hopefully this will get passed very easily and taxpayers can finally start stop paying for this billion dollar company’s needs. That is what everyone wants.