Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

FYI: The NFL is a nonprofit

Did you know that the National Football League is a nonprofit organization? Yes, that national association of extremely wealthy teams and team owners, with merchandise and sponsorship deals and all. It’s organized as a 501(c)6 rather than the 501(c)3 we talked about in class (so donors can’t deduct their contribution on their income taxes…but there probably aren’t any donors).

From time to time, someone in congress tries to revoke this privilege for one reason or another. This month, it’s about the NFL teams controversial responses (or lack of responses) to domestic violence accusations among players.

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About Andrew Taylor

Faculty in Arts Management at American University in Washington, DC. Consultant on strategy, structure, and organizational design for arts and culture. Blogger as 'The Artful Manager'.

2 comments on “FYI: The NFL is a nonprofit

  1. evanjsanderson
    September 17, 2014

    I knew that super long list we saw in class would have some weird loop-holey thingies pop up somewhere! This is really interesting to me, as a life long NFL fan – I feel like if ‘nobody owns’ the NFL, and it’s in the public trust, shouldn’t it have some feedback mechanism wherein it’s responsible to the public in some way? Because it really seems like the owners and Roger Godell sorta just do whatever they want.

    The Green Bay Packers, the team for which I bleed yellow and green, are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States. If they are community owned, (i.e. ‘owned by everybody’ who has a stake) does that mean my grandma (who has a stake in the Packers) receives some special dispensation from the organization? The thorny issue of who owns what and when rears it’s ugly head again. As long as they score touchdowns, though, I really don’t mind.

    If you want to read about the exact details (it’s pretty interesting) check out the Wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay_Packers

  2. benjamendouglas
    September 17, 2014

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