NFL gets non-profit status at a corporate level. Why? Plus they get other goodies from the government. Taxpayers fund the stadiums, antitrust law doesn't apply to broadcast deals, and Commissioner Roger Goodell makes $30 million a year. Plus subsidies for college football training. Governor Bob McDonnell, who styles himself as a budget-slashing conservative crusader, took $4 million from taxpayers’ pockets and handed the money to the Washington Redskins, for the team to upgrade a workout facility.
In Minnesota, the Vikings wanted a new stadium, and were vaguely threatening to decamp to another state if they didn’t get it. The Minnesota legislature, facing a $1.1 billion budget deficit, extracted $506 million from taxpayers as a gift to the team, covering roughly half the cost of the new facility.
Many cities, counties, and states also pay the stadiums’ ongoing costs, by providing power, sewer services, other infrastructure, and stadium improvements.
I guess one could argue that the government subsidizes the cost to train wrestlers at the college level for the UFC.
But still, non-profit status? That seems to be rubbing it in a bit.