NO MORE FREE LUNCH: Trump Threatens to End Tax Breaks for NFL Stadiums Over Anthem Protests

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In a new tweet posted today, President Donald Trump stated that NFL teams who protest America should lose the tax incentives that the country they seem to despise gives to them.

The tweet is the latest salvo in Trump’s culture war with the NFL, that has divided the country along patriotic and racial lines.

In his tweet, Trump stated “Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!”

His statement may resonate with many people, including Democrats, but the issue isn’t so simple. The NFL gave up its tax exempt status in 2015, so most of the tax breaks they get now come in the form of incentives to build new stadiums. In most cases, those are decided by local government entities, not the federal government.

President Trump, however, likely knows this, so his tweet is probably aimed to jump-start a national discussion on NFL tax breaks for new stadiums. It would have to be taken up by individual states, but it could start a legislative tidal wave that will end sweetheart deals for NFL teams that take advantage of cities eager to keep their NFL team.

Here is the tweet from the President.

After much initial criticism, it appears President Trump has gained the upper hand in his feud with the NFL. Teams are beginning to clamp down on protests, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins. The President even thanked Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones for pledging to bench any player who knelt during the National Anthem.

Public opinion has obviously shifted in the President direction, as ratings for NFL games continue to drop overall, leading the media to report that the owners and the league are looking to end the controversy.

Yesterday’s suspension of ESPN’s Jemele Hill, who called President Trump a “white supremacist,” was seen as a major blow to the pro-protest crowd at ESPN.

The loss of NFL tax breaks for new stadiums could be a major shift for the league, and force them to listen to the citizens and politicians who have been critical of their recent actions.

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