Trump questions tax breaks for NFL: ‘Change tax law’

President Trump early Tuesday said that tax laws should be altered, arguing the NFL receives "massive tax breaks" while its players disrespect the U.S. flag and national anthem.

"Why is the NFL getting massive tax breaks while at the same time disrespecting our Anthem, Flag and Country? Change tax law!" Trump wrote on Twitter.


Trump's tweet comes amid his ongoing feud with the NFL, which began last month as a criticism of players who choose to kneel during the anthem.

Trump has said that players who kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" are disrespecting the United States and its flag.

The NFL in 2015 agreed to give up the tax-exempt status for its league office, after lawmakers denounced it as an unconscionable giveaway.

In a memo, Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted that the league's tax status has "been mischaracterized repeatedly."

He also noted that the government taxes income from TV rights fees, ticket sales and any other revenue generated by the 32 professional football teams.

He added that abandoning the tax exemption wouldn't change how the NFL operates.

"The fact is that the business of the NFL has never been tax exempt," Goodell wrote.

CNN Money reported at the time that the league would still receive some tax breaks.