Farenthold: Exclude major pro sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations

National Football League (NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell delivers remarks during an event at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., launching an initiative between the Army and the NFL to work to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury Aug. 30, 2012. Goodell and U.S. Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the chief of staff of the Army, jointly signed a letter formalizing the initiative during the event. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Released)

A congressman from Texas has reintroduced legislation that would exclude major professional sports leagues from qualifying as tax-exempt organizations.

U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the Properly Reducing Overexemptions for Sports Act (PRO Sports Act). The bill continues the work of former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

“Professional sports leagues should not be exempt from paying taxes,” Farenthold said in a statement. “These are highly profitable businesses that make tens of millions of dollars each year and have been exploiting loopholes to game the system. It’s time we blow the whistle on this foul, and get this bill over the goal line.”

The National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL), PGA Tour and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) are registered with the Internal Revenue Service as nonprofit organizations. These organizations together generate more than $1 billion in annual revenue, according to Farenthold.

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