NFL Attempts to Tackle Congress
Posted at 5:20 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2013
Congress with 535 players and all its legislative maneuvering is very hard to tackle – even if you are the National Football League. Lobbying helps the NFL play the political game on Washington’s turf.
The National Football League reported spending $1.14 million lobbying the executive and legislative branches during the last twelve months, including $270,000 spent in the third quarter of 2013.
The NFL lobbied on issues relating to the use of performance enhancing drugs and drug testing; labor issues generally, including player safety and antitrust issues; issues relating to the NFL Network and broadcast policies, including intellectual property; aviation issues related to the FAA Reauthorization; and federal concussion legislation.
Their lobbyists included Adolpho Birch, Kenneth Edmonds, and Amy Jorgensen. Adolpho Brich is the NFL’s senior vice president for labor policy and government affairs. Amy Jorgenson is the NFL’s government relations manager and used to work for former Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis. Kenneth Edmonds is the NFL’s director of legislative affairs and used to work for former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr., D-Ill.