2.4.14

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN UNIONIZED COLLEGE FOOTBALL BECOMES A BUSINESS?

Northern Illinois athletics director Sean Frazier, Big Ten upgrade for an Illinois public or not, seeks to add amenities to Huskie Stadium.
In terms of Huskie Stadium, there are already some changes to the building and gameday atmosphere that will take place this upcoming season. There’s the new Coaches Club – which will be located inside the grandstand on the west side of Huskie Stadium where the old coaches offices were before the construction of the Yordon Center.

Fans will not have a view of the action, but the club will feature flat-screen TVs with a live feed of the contest, plus a cash bar and expanded food buffet are included. Season passes to the club will require a $650 donation to the Huskie Athletic Fund in addition to a season ticket.
Under the rubric of amateur athletics as a non-profit institution, that club membership is deductible in full as a charitable contribution, an immediate $650 off your Adjusted Gross Income.  Change football to Local 1895 of the United Steel Workers.  Does that club membership qualify as a business expense?  If so, it's not necessarily fully deductible, nor, in some cases, will the taxman even accept it.

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