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Lawmakers Take Aim at NFL's Tax-Exempt Status

By    |   Tuesday, 16 Sep 2014 08:56 PM

Lawmakers are questioning whether the National Football League should retain its tax-exempt status in the wake of several scandals and other issues surrounding the league.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, said Tuesday that she intends to file a bill that would strip the league of that status. She says her reason is the Washington Redskins' name, which some people have termed offensive and racist.

"The NFL needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century. We can no longer tolerate this attitude towards Native Americans," Cantwell said, according to ABC News. "This is not about team tradition. It is about right and wrong."

Added Brian Cladoosby, president of the National Conference of American Indians: "Members of Congress and the millions of constituents that they represent are told every Sunday by the National Football League regime that Native Americans aren't people, but instead they are mascots, cartoons and relics."

Elsewhere, Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, introduced a bill that would prevent all professional sports organizations from becoming tax-exempt. The Securing Assistance for Victim Empowerment Act would redirect $100 million to programs that work to prevent domestic violence, reports ABC.

Last week, a video of running back Ray Rice was posted on the Internet that portrayed him punching his wife in the face in February. The NFL immediately suspended him indefinitely and the Baltimore Ravens severed his contract. The NFL has been doing damage control ever since.

Later in the week, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted on child-abuse charges after he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son with a "switch."

"This legislation will help ensure that victims of domestic violence have the resources they need to break away from abusers and begin rebuilding their lives," said Booker, according to ABC.

Earlier this year, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma proposed that no  professional sports organization generating annual revenue of more than $10 million should be tax-exempt.

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