The NFL: America's Favorite Nonprofit Entity?

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Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo waits for the snap from the center during a game held Dec. 14, 2008.
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For a few weeks each fall, the National Football League (NFL) gives fans something to cheer about: From warrior-like heroes to exciting smackdowns, the game can provide a sense of belonging to a team—even if you’re just on the sidelines wearing a jersey.

But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions from the cities and states in which they operate.

Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”