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Do counterfeit NFL goods take jobs away from Americans?

It is reported that DHS has seized $21.6 million in counterfeit NFL goods.

“Our agents are committed to combating the criminal enterprises selling counterfeit products which undermine our economy, and take jobs away from Americans,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director John Sandweg said in a statement.

Do counterfeit NFL goods really take jobs away from Americans? The counterfeit goods are made in foreign countries such as China. The genuine goods are made in foreign countries such as China. Possibly in the very same factory! Why should American workers care either way?

How come no one from the government is worried about the millions of jobs that are being taken away from Americans by illegal immigrants?

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I think that destructure has correctly answered the question:

“How come no one from the government is worried about the millions of jobs that are being taken away from Americans by illegal immigrants?”

Because the NFL has political clout and the people losing their jobs don’t.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 31, 2014 at EDT am

Posted in Economics, Immigration

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  1. The only person or entity which loses money is the NFL, which of course is the world’s wealthiest and most successful sports league. In fact it’s one of the most successful businesses, period, enjoying a worldwide monopoly and a near-guarantee against financial loss. Barring a Weimar-style collapse of the US economy there’s no possible way the league could lose any money.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    January 31, 2014 at EDT am

    • And you neglected to mention that it’s a nonprofit enterprise:

      “The National Football League takes in more than $9.5 billion per year and is exempt from Federal taxes. As a nonprofit, it earns more than the Y, the Red Cross, Goodwill, the Salvation Army Salvation Army or Catholic Charities – yet it stands as one of the greatest profit-generating commercial advertising, entertainment and media enterprises ever created.”

      For the love of Richard Sherman, how can this be?

      http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomwatson/2014/01/30/the-real-super-bowl-question-should-the-nfl-be-a-nonprofit/

      Richard Sherman

      January 31, 2014 at EDT am

      • I did not know that.
        So, can I count a season ticket as a tax-deduction?
        /sarcasm

        Half Canadian

        January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

      • The LEAGUE is non-profit. But are the individual teams non-profits as well? And how much does the “League” make? Or is that just combining revenue that actually goes to teams which might be taxed? Just a question, I have no idea (nor, really, do I care).

        peterike

        January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

      • The MLB was formely a non-for profit organization. The NBA, NHL and NFL are all non-profits. I can’t wait till the day when hockey becomes a mainstream NAM sport, and all these sport organizations will become the way of the US Postal System with McDonalds workers.

        JS

        February 1, 2014 at EDT pm

  2. yeah but then the money ultimately ends up in chinese capitalists instead of american capitalists. could make a difference.

    rivsdiary

    January 31, 2014 at EDT am

  3. >>How come no one from the government is worried about the millions of jobs that are being taken away from Americans by illegal immigrants? <<

    It's a feature, not a bug. People with modestly decent incomes, especially if they are white, may vote Republican. People who are marginally employed or unemployed and desperate will either vote Democratic or if they are white with a tendency to vote Republican, be demoralized and not vote at all.

    Thrasymachus

    January 31, 2014 at EDT am

  4. Well, since those counterfeit goods are often sold by street vendors for cash, they aren’t taxed. So the gubmint certainly doesn’t like that. And the people selling them are often immigrants and I’m guessing plenty of illegals among them, so yeah, that takes jobs from the “Americans” (to use a quaint old term) that work in the stadium gift shops.

    But then, it’s one game on one day. The gift shops aren’t making hiring decisions based on how many illegal shirts get sold outside the stadium. So I call B.S. on this. Typically, the government is only concerned about “jobs for Americans” in areas where it makes no real difference, other than rhetorically.

    peterike

    January 31, 2014 at EDT am

  5. Do counterfeit NFL goods really take jobs away from Americans?

    Trickle down economics. /sarc

    Portlander

    January 31, 2014 at EDT am

  6. “How come no one from the government is worried about the millions of jobs that are being taken away from Americans by illegal immigrants? “

    Because the NFL has political clout and the people losing their jobs don’t.

    destructure

    January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

  7. “How come no one from the government is worried about the millions of jobs that are being taken away from Americans by illegal immigrants? “

    Because the NFL has political clout and the people losing their jobs don’t. Also, people don’t think they’re affected unless they’re unemployed. Not true. They also earn a lot less if there are more workers vying for the same jobs. Supply&demand and all that.

    destructure

    January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

  8. “Because the NFL has political clout and the people losing their jobs don’t. ”

    The NFL gets a cut of the revenue on the genuine goods and it does not get anything on the fake goods. The government is protecting the licensing revenue of the NFL. I think that is what the government is suppose to do, protect American business (the NFL) from illegal foreign competition.

    Why is the government not doing anything about illegal immigrants? That is easy. Big business likes illegal immigrants. They help keep wages low. Agriculture and construction rely heavily on cheap labor, much of it by illegal immigrants. The government could crack down on employers that hire illegals. They could require all employers to verify that their employees are legal and have heavy fines for non-compliance. Big and small business would scream bloody murder about the extra paper work and delays, so it never happens. Instead congress votes billions more for added border enforcement. Of course, half of illegal immigrants entered the US legally, and border enforcement does nothing to stop people overstaying their visas or working when their visas does not allow them to work.

    mikeca

    January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

  9. “The NFL gets a cut of the revenue on the genuine goods and it does not get anything on the fake goods. The government is protecting the licensing revenue of the NFL. I think that is what the government is suppose to do, protect American business (the NFL) from illegal foreign competition.”

    From wikipedia: “The National Football League is an unincorporated nonprofit 501(c)(6) association, meaning its league office is not subject to income tax because it does not make a profit.”

    Why would the government wish to protect an organization that is unincorporated and is not subject to income tax? More likely, lobbyists from the NFL have convinced the federal government that counterfeit NFL goods are the work-of-the-devil.

    DdR

    January 31, 2014 at EDT pm

    • No one owns the residual profits of the league. Certainly there are a lot of stakeholders associated with the league (team owners, players) who are making massive amounts of money.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 31, 2014 at EDT pm


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