The rising protests of NFL players across the country are causing many long-time fans to admit that they have had enough. As it turns out, a bill introduced this summer could be making a huge comeback
According to The Daily Caller, senators proposed a bill that would stop all federal funding given up by the taxpayers from going towards the building or renovation of professional sports arenas. In light of the recent anti-American protests, this may be just the way wake-up call that these “professionals” need to stop the antics and virtue signaling.
Now that people are starting to see that the NFL teams have no plans of stopping their antics, they could come back to revisit this proposal and act on it. The bill would work with a companion measure put in place by Rep. Steve Russell (R-OK).
The new bill, introduced in June by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) would make it so that pro sports teams cannot use municipal bonds to build sports arenas. Considering the amount of money these sports make anyway, it seems odd and unnecessary that federal funding would be used for the arenas.
“Professional sports teams generate billions of dollars in revenue,” Booker noted. He went on to break down the way that the federal taxes impact these stadiums.
“There’s no reason why we should give these multimillion-dollar businesses a federal tax break to build new stadiums. It’s not fair to finance these expensive projects on the backs of taxpayers, especially when wealthy teams end up reaping most of the benefits,” he concluded.
The Daily Caller spoke with Lankford’s office, and they confirmed that since the bill was initially introduced, it has picked up steam. It is believed that this increase of attention is due to the blatant disrespect the sports teams are showing towards the United States — the country that allowed them to be millionaires.
It is worth talking about why taxpayers, who are barely making above 50,000 dollars a year, are funding sports stadiums where players earn more annual salary than many Americans earn in their lifetimes. Yet, the players are still unable to show respect to their country or their fans.
The protests started when Colin Kaepernick chose to kneel during the National Anthem last season to fight “police brutality.” Instead of addressing the issue in a different format, he chose to use his televised publicity and an unrelated song to wage his unAmerican demonstration.
To make matters worse for the NFL players, and their disappointed fans, their behavior is causing many games to be played in nearly empty stadiums. People don’t want to watch, and they don’t want to be there.
According to the stats, during the past 17 years, there have been 37 new stadiums built or refurbished. The total funding for all of this is $3.2 billion in tax dollars.
It looks like it may finally be getting to the point where the NFL players are going to have to be respectful if they want to keep their stadiums nice and new. Otherwise, they better start using their millions of dollars to fix up their home stadiums, because at this rate, this bill will likely end up passing.