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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

De Blasio says Madison Square Garden, other NYC sports venues should pay more taxes

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that he supports calls to compel the owners of local sports stadiums, including Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium, to pay more taxes to aid the city’s bid to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio, a Democrat, was asked at his daily press briefing to respond to a letter last month from nine lawmakers on the New York City Council who called for the Garden, Yankee Stadium, the Barclays Center and Citi Field to pay property taxes. The mayor said he hasn’t seen the letter and was unfamiliar with the legal specifics, but supported the concept of requiring New York’s local teams to increase their contributions.

“Let’s be clear – sports franchises have gained incredible value over the years,” de Blasio said. “They clearly have the resources. I think the history in this city and pretty much all over the country was stadium deals were not good deals for the public, by and large. Some of the more recent ones have been better, but mostly they haven’t been that good. Everything should be reevaluated especially at a point when the city is going to need resources for our recovery.”


anonymous said...

Spoken like a true socialist!

Anonymous said...

What's with this "let's be clear" all these worthless pieces of trash use ad nauseum. That lying ghetto trash B.O used to say that all the time.

Anonymous said...

YES!!!!! How in the hell did the NFL get a "Nonprofit" status from the IRS??

Anonymous said...

Good luck..get woke go broke those teams will be losing fans/money!!!

Here is an idea find your wifes missing money

Anonymous said...

No one to blame but the population..if they re-elect any of these commies. We know which district need reality checks

 what country can preserve it’s liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? let them take arms. the remedy is to set them right as to facts, pardon & pacify them. what signify a few lives lost in a century or two? the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants. it is it’s natural manure.

Anonymous said...

They ALL READY pay taxes.

We should be taxing the churches.

Anonymous said...

The IRS doesn’t work for Me or You.
It was created along with the Fed Bank.
It’s job is to collect taxes do the bankers are paid interest on the National Debt.

IRS works for the bankers.

Anonymous said...

Seriously, what is the argument against this? What is the argument that the billionaires that own these tax payer funded stadiums shouldn't have to pay taxes?

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
YES!!!!! How in the hell did the NFL get a "Nonprofit" status from the IRS??

September 15, 2020 at 10:26 PM"

Same as like nursing homes conglomerates They don't make a profit but pay in the case of nursing homes the CEO's and upper management millions in salaries.

Anonymous said...

These sports franchises create a tremendous amount of jobs and those people pay taxes. Those stadiums create a tremendous amount of positive economic impact to the communities they are in. This is why they get "deals". For instance, if the Yankees decided to leave the Bronx, that neighborhood would suffer and fall apart. You people need to think things through before you decide to take other people's money.

Anonymous said...

NFL remains a non-profit, but lost their tax-exemption status in 2015.

Still an issue though.