WASHINGTON — Making good on her threat Tuesday, Sen. Maria Cantwell has introduced a bill to deny tax-exempt status to sports leagues that allow its franchise teams to use the term “redskins.”
Thursday’s bill follows the Washington Democrat’s earlier pledge to strip the National Football League of its nonprofit status over Commissioner Roger Goodell’s inaction so far in forcing Washington D.C.’s NFL team to change its name.
The bill was co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D.
Although many consider the name offensive or racist, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington team, has resisted calls for a new mascot.
The NFL is a $9.5 billion franchise. But unlike Major League Baseball, the league itself operates as a nonprofit that funnels any profits back to its 32 teams.