NBA-player-hating Minnesota rep takes on NFL’s Super Bowl tax breaks

A Minnesota state legislator has introduced legislation to block tax breaks to the NFL in exchange for landing a future Super Bowl, and — omigod, it’s this guy:

Anyway, Rep. Pat Garofalo (not to be confused with the not-crazy Pat Garofalo at ThinkProgress [UPDATE: now the not-crazy Pat Garofalo at USNews, my bad]) wants to make sure that the NFL has to pay taxes on things like hotel stays and restaurant bills if the Super Bowl comes to Minneapolis, which is eminently reasonable, except that the NFL insists on not paying taxes on those things as a condition of granting the game to your city. The bill is an okay media stunt to point out the NFL’s kickback demands, though, which at least means Rep. Garofalo’s bill-crafting staffers are somewhat more on the ball than his social media director.

5 comments on “NBA-player-hating Minnesota rep takes on NFL’s Super Bowl tax breaks

  1. @Ben Miller… look up “Kshama Sawant in Seattle” sometime for an example (the city should take over the taxi cabs, Boeing’s factory in a neighboring city to make public transit….)

    I’m not sure how well this would work considering the NFL is still an approved non-profit entity. Plenty of laws already exist that exempt non-profits from paying certain state taxes. I don’t think a law of “we refuse to recognize the NFL’s non-profit status” would go well in the courts.

  2. ChefJoe, apparently the non-profit status isn’t enough to get automatic tax exemption in many (most?) jurisdictions, which is why the NFL likes to demand that it be spelled out.

    I did a little research into this when I wrote my Super Bowl article for Sports on Earth — there’s a lot of conflicting reporting out there, but the consensus seems to be that non-profit status isn’t a straight get-out-of-tax-free card.

  3. Ok Neil, I guess Florida is one of those that reserves the right to examine your application to use the non-profit tax abatement.

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