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Tim Johnson

Scandals put the NFL in Congress' crosshairs

Scandals put the NFL in Congress' crosshairs

Several U.S. senators have proposed stripping the NFL of its tax-exempt status — a warning analysts say the image-damaged league can't afford to ignore even if the threat proves hollow.

Just as it did during Major League Baseball's steroid scandal nearly a decade ago, Congress is using its bully pulpit — and threatening legislation — to prod change on another of the nation's pastimes.

Lawmakers introduced bills last week threatening to revoke the league's tax exemption for two different reasons.

Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat, unveiled legislation to boost funding for domestic violence prevention programs by revoking the tax exemption of the NFL, technically a...