Why don't they pay taxes? This tax haven was created in 1966 and was tacked onto another Bill that had nothing to do with a non-exempt status (it was basically an earmark/pork), for the merging leagues of the AFL and NFL. Pete Rozelle was pretty much responsible for the deal being cut.
Keep in mind it's supposed to be a non-profit so what do they do to help accomplish this...they pay their people outrageous salaries like Roger Goodell (the commissioner), who will have a $20 million dollar salary per his contract in the next couple of years. Steve Bornstein who is the NFL Network President is making a comparable salary. It's a scam. Please contact your representatives and ask him or her why the NFL qualifies as a non-profit; according to the IRS's criteria, they don't.