NFL: (National Freeloader League)

Feb 1, 2014

 

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click here: National Freeloader League

 

 

NFL owner benefits:

1) Non profit status

2) Antitrust exemption

3) The Bell/Rozelle disability plan does not pay valid disability claims. example – if the disabled player applying for full disability is rated “80% or greater” disabled by the NFL’s own doctors and required by this same NFL doctor to “must rest frequently on the job”, his disability claim will be denied. He will then be told to go find a “sedentary job”. And there is NO VOCATIONAL evaluation or short term disability (as in Corporate America). If there was an audit by the “US Department of Labor” then and only then would this unlawful act cease.

3 (b) The proposed concussion settlement will be the same type of scam. This is why discovery is so important. What did the NFL know and when did they know it? Besides, if only 100 disabled players qualify for the $5,000,000 proposed benefit there is nothing left for the other 17,900 retired players. (Amount) $768,000,000 minus (100 players at $5,000,000) is $500,000,000. minus another 128,000,000 for the lawyers and there is only $140,000,000 left. And that is ear marked for more studies and medical testing for brain damaged retired players.  This proposed concussion settlement stinks just like the Bell/Rozelle disability plan!

4) The public pays for their fancy football stadiums.

5) Team doctors pay to be team doctors because it will help their private practice to say they are an NFL doctor for a team

6) Entertainers at half time during the Super Bowl do not get paid. They have the privilege of donating their services to a non profit called the NFL.

7) Social Security disability and medicare picks up the tab for disabled players medical bills. May be this is one reason why medicare is going broke. example – retired player Dave Pear has spent over $600,000 of his own money on medical bills for injuries he sustained from playing football in the NFL. He played from 1975 to 1980. During these 6 years as a player he made $600,000 as a pro bowler and super bowl player. Since 2004 his medicare bill is around $500,000 and he is having more surgery next at the expense of medicare. The NFL HAS NOT PAID ONE PENNY! NOTHING! ZERO! So much for Roger Goodell’s player care foundation.

 

Politico ?
But we digress. Back to the toxic part. While you’re enjoying the epic Richard Sherman vs. Peyton Manning matchup this weekend, the NFL is pulling a fast one on us. Dodging taxes. Pocketing government handouts. Passing the buck on workplace injuries……..
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7 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Tom Beer
    February 4th, 2014 at 3:52 pm #

    Dave- Thanks again for the sobering truth behind the grandiose headlines the NFL publishes regarding concern for the retirees who, for decades, suffered the consequences of dangerous rules that allowed crack back blocking, interior line clipping, head slaps, bump and run mugging, feet first wedge busting, etc. How many former players had their careers terminated after sustaining injuries from the aforementioned “open season”rules. And how many former players were impacted physically while playing on inferior Astroturf type fields that resembled your living room carpet. Hell, in New England, we not only played 10 games a season on the thin carpet, but we practiced on it as well.

    What troubles me, Dave, about the concussion settlement, is that after the deal was struck, thousands of former players who never played a game in the NFL after getting cut in training camp or who played a few games before getting cut during the season jumped on the bandwagon. How do you separate the wheat from the chaff and justly compensate those who played a number of years?

  2. Patrick Scoggin
    February 6th, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Please don’t take this wrong as I certainly appreciate receiving items of newsworthy importance, however, the publication of partial and or/un-truths damages credibility and may serve to confuse an audience, to wit… The opening of this post states, “NFL owner benefits: 1) Non profit status…”

    #1: As stated, this is not true as each and every one of the of the individual teams is considered a taxable entity; thus the owners do not benefit from non-profit status.

    #2: As a trade association, the only the league (NFL) itself is considered a tax-exempt (NOT a non-profit) organization. The inference, as stated, is that the league’s $9B in revenues goes untaxed. In fact, the vast majority of this revenue (ticket sales, merchandise sales, etc.) is indeed taxable as the revenue is allocated to the individual teams and subject to taxation just like any other for-profit business. It is worth noting that much of this revenue is still untaxed, but only because is it offset with deductions for common business expenses. This, however, does not constitute special treatment, as these same deductions are afforded every tax-paying business.

    #3: Of the league monies (that which is tax-exempt), the bulk comes from the teams membership dues (~$6M from each of the 32 member teams); the balance is collected from fines levied, investment income and other miscellaneous sources, totaling about $255M. Worth noting here is that, as a tax-exempt entity, the NFL CANNOT deduct normal business expenses. Without the exemption status, expenses such as salaries paid, marketing costs, grants/donations, etc. would quality as normal business expenses, and as such, in offsetting the income, little to no taxes would be paid anyway.

    Again, with no disrespect intended, I just felt if necessary to ensure that we are disseminating the truth in our efforts to educate and inform.

    Best regards,
    Patrick Scoggin, Exec. Dir.
    endzone sports charities

  3. Larry Kaminski
    February 12th, 2014 at 10:54 am #

    Tom:

    I hope all is well. Regarding your concrens regarding the selection of players who are in need or just looking for quick money, not to worry.

    The whole NFL concussion issue is a big illusion. I recently sent Dave my thoughts regarding the Commish and his scam. It took me three years to settle my issues with CA comp. The finings show 100 disability with serious brain and head damage. I talked to the attorney represe nting me in the NFL lawsuit regarding any possible compensation. Even though I have proof of injury, diagnosis, x rays, etc; I was told it would be a tough sell due to the caveats and structure of the settlement. You could be laid out on a stretcher helpless with no recourse but to hear…Not Qualified.

    This NFL concussion scam is nothing but a puff of smoke or like the fluffy cloud above your head. It looks real but nothing but an illusion. I would not get excite d about anything happening for any of us from the 60′s through the 80′s

    Best to you,

    Larry Kaminski

  4. RICK "FREDERICK" HAYES
    February 12th, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    Tom Beer: LUCKY YOU ! Do you have any compassion for your Fellow Players that did not meet the required years for EVEN being Vested – which were behind the average of all Player’s Careers – thanks to the outstanding bargaining the Union did in the time.

    Who voted for your Player Reps. and Union Leaders? Check the numbers, before you disregard the Players who were cut by Clubs because of their SERIOUS injuries [ Usually after phony Doctor Reports, and a walk through Monday practice.

    I think every Player Player knows the possibility of being crippled on ONE Play. Why make the distinction – greed ?

    Split the Membership, ” chaff ” – “The SHIELD’s MOTTO” !

    Mahalo BROTHER,

    ps: As Larry mentions – we will all be in the dirt before the NFL pays “anybody”. They are sitting on their LEAR JETS laughing, while they collect teir interest $$$$, while the so-called FORMER PLAYERS bite their own butts.

    RICK “FREDERICK” HAYES
    L.A. RAMS 1974-76

    RICK “FREDERICK” HAYES

  5. Sue Brodie
    February 18th, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    Is the NFL truly a 501c (non-profit)? How can it be?

    Sue Brodie

  6. Dave Pear
    February 18th, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Sue Brodie,

    Yes (unfortunately for tax payers) the NFL is a non-profit.

    The reason is they have the best lawyers and politicians money can buy.

    Dave Pear
    Pro Bowl 1978
    Super Bowl XV
    Social Security Disability at 50yo.

  7. RICK "FREDERICK" HAYES
    February 19th, 2014 at 7:22 pm #

    ALOHA FORMER PLAYERS AND FOLLOWERS:

    Yes – Dave Pear is right on!

    I can not tell you the number of times I have witnessed the Past and now Former Fed Chairman, Alan Greenspan and his 60 Minutes’ CBS wife, Leslie Stahl; enjoying wide smiles while they drink Martinis in Daniel Snyder’s Private Personal Luxury Suite.

    Many people in Washington D.C. believe the Federal Reserve Chairman to be the most powerful person in the U.S.A. – More than the President, himself!

    CHEERS MATES,
    Rick Hayes “Frederick”
    L.A. Rams 1974 – 76