NFL Executes Lobbying Blitz on Capitol Hill
(Washington Post) — Forget Troy Polamalu and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Business-suited, briefcase-carrying Washington lobbyists have formed the NFL’s most formidable defense in recent years. Seeking to curry favor, cajole and educate to protect the nation’s most popular pastime – and the $9 billion it generates annually – NFL-funded lobbyists have rushed the halls of Congress in an unprecedented blitz. The NFL has dished out nearly $5.5 million to a cadre of D.C. firms since Roger Goodell became commissioner late in 2006, tripling its lobbying expenses over the previous four years. League officials and supporters also have directed an additional $680,000 to key political leaders and allies through a recently formed political action committee.