Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/17/06 at 10:54 AM ET
For many years, sports in Russia was primarily associated with the word “patriotism.” Now the word you most often hear in conversations about sports is money. Many Russian athletes have found it difficult to adapt to this new reality. The commercialization of sports has been a worldwide phenomenon over the last few decades but, in Russia, it coincided with the period of market reforms that completely changed the economic situation. ...“Many Russian clubs can offer them salaries of hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Igor Shabdurasulov, the chairman of Moscow’s Spartak Hockey Club. “When you take into account Russia’s [13-percent flat] income tax rates, at the end of the day they can take home more money than in the NHL.”more
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