New York Times: NFL PAC Gave Nearly $600,000

October 28th, 2010

The New York Times yesterday ran an Associated Press story detailing the NFL’s recent financial contributions to lawmakers “that could pay off during a looming dispute with the players union.”

 “The National Football League’s political offshoot handed out almost $600,000 in campaign cash in its rookie election cycle,” according to the AP report.

 The NFL’s political action committee, “Gridiron PAC,” has made donations to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both the House Minority and Senate Majority leaders and the chairmen of the House and Senate judiciary committees, who oversee the league in numerous capacities, as well as several other influential lawmakers.

 These donations, “along with other individual contributions from owners and league executives,” come at a time when NFL owners are preparing to lock out players and fans next season. The NFLPA does not have a political action committee, but continues to tell lawmakers of the extremely negative impact a lockout would have on their own communities and economies. It is estimated that more than 150,000 jobs would be impacted by a lockout and cause more than $140 million in lost revenue in each NFL city.

 “The union wants Congress to use its leverage to help prevent a lockout. The NFL, by contrast, wants Congress to butt out,” wrote the AP.

 The NFL has stated that they believe these labor negotiations are private discussions and do not want members of Congress to help the cause. Joe Browne, a senior adviser to commissioner Roger Goodell, told the AP, “We have not asked (Congress) members to do anything to help bring these negotiations to a conclusion.”

 Browne, however, also appears to contradict the NFL’s claims that it doesn’t want Congress’ help. Said Browne, “Commissioner Goodell believes we have a responsibility to our owners and our employees to represent their interests the best we can in Washington.” 

  For the complete story, click HERE.

2 Responses to “New York Times: NFL PAC Gave Nearly $600,000”

  1. Johnny Says:

    Great article.

  2. NICOLE LEBLANC Says:

    Its time for the NFL OWNERS to open their books and show the players the financial records and its time for the NFL TO Agree to the concession for an 18 game schedule! GET A DEAL DONE NOW! FANS WILL LEAVE IF YOU LOCKOUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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