NFL kneeling controversy upped support for closing stadium loophole, GOP rep says

 

 

The NFL in many ways is like the circuses of ancient Rome, where gladiators fought lions, bears, and each other for their freedom. Now NFL players do basically the same. They fight for a chance at FINANCIAL freedom. So what if 96% of players end up having some sort of brain damage. At least one can drool in style in one’s golden years. That is if you happen to be one of the players who doesn’t go bankrupt after leaving the league.

Add in the deep cronyism in the league, and the way some of the players just flat out insulted the fans this season, (I know, I know, it was a protest.) and I don’t see why the league should get any breaks at all. In fact I don’t know why anyone still watches the league.

(From The Hill)

Small-government advocates already supported the measure co-sponsored by Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Russel said. But following “the disrespect to our national colors,” he told The Hill, “it gained some support because of that.”

Russell’s provision, included in the House-passed tax reform bill, would ban the NFL from using municipal bonds to pay for stadiums tax-free.

“We need to preserve municipal bonds for what they were originally intended for … does anyone really think that professional sports franchises lack capital? They don’t, and people in Oklahoma, or in New Hampshire don’t need to be paying for something in Nevada,” Russell said.

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