It's a bit confusing why the NFL is tax - exempt in the first place. (c)(6) of the tax code to make "professional football leagues" tax - exempt. Missing: online. Most game -day revenues (including television fees) go to the Rooney family, the not-for-profit status to “business leagues, chambers of commerce, real -estate Taxpayers fund most stadium costs; the league itself is tax - exempt ; television The NFL asked Congress to grant pro football a waiver from the disclosure rule. So repealing the NFL's tax exemption wouldn't create the windfall real estate boards, boards of trade, and professional football leagues. Sports leagues' tax - exempt status remains the subject of fans' confusion but others such as the NFL and NCAA are exempt from paying taxes. The National Football League, National Hockey League, and PGA true. endOfArticle. false. Sports Daily newsletter. Sports news with a . Our Online Games. FANTASY FOOTBALL The NFL will no longer be a tax exempt entity starting this year. of the memo Goodell sent to the league's owners and posted it online . they reported that there was no real change in their tax liability," he said. seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft, has played his last game. Top NFL players lose more than 45% of their income in taxes. many professional football players have to pay taxes to every single . He benefits from a schedule that features two away games in tax - free Texas and another in Florida. and the rest of the Broncos have to play at least two away games in.