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‘Jock Tax’ In Tennessee Coming To An End

from Nate Rau of The Tennessean,

The state legislature on Monday abolished the special tax professional hockey and basketball players pay when they play in Tennessee.

For NHL players, the so-called jock tax would end once it is signed by Gov. Bill Haslam and becomes law. For NBA players, it will continue for two more years. The House vote was 66-25 and the Senate vote was 30-2.

The bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester, said his goal was to end a constitutionally suspect law. Alexander said the jock tax likely would fail to pass legal challenges because professional hockey and basketball players have been subject to the tax since 2009, but professional football players are exempt.

Under the current law, players pay $2,500 per game when they play in Tennessee up to $7,500. The revenue has ultimately been forwarded to the owners of the Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies for the purpose of bringing more events to their arenas.

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J.J. from Kansas's avatar

This is a positive you can credit to the new CBA, in which both sides agreed to work together to pressure Tennessee to end this.

If you perhaps don’t see it as a positive, remember this line:

The revenue has ultimately been forwarded to the owners of the Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies

Those “spoiled” rich athletes haven’t been paying to educate Tennessee schoolchildren or improve Tennessee’s roads, nor cover the cost of Tennessee’s law enforcement. They’ve been paying the Nashville Predators for the privilege of playing against them.  What’s more is that the last few years when the state has asked the Predators to open their books to them and show how they’re spending those tax dollars to “bring more events to to their arenas,” the Predators have refused.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/08/14 at 08:55 AM ET

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Sounds a lot like Obamacare.  Constitionally suspect law that redistributies wealth. 

Sorry.  I couldn’t resist…...

Posted by Jack McFly on 04/08/14 at 10:23 AM ET

awould's avatar

This tax was idiotic to begin with.

Jack McFly…. try harder to resist please. This is a hockey website.

Posted by awould on 04/08/14 at 11:23 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

“Constitionally suspect law”
Already adjudicated by the Supreme Court.


I remember a few years ago there was a Red Wing on the mend from injury and elected not to come back to play against Nashville because the “jock tax” would have been greater than the payout for that one game. Instead, the player sat out one more game in recovery and then came back the next night. I can’t remember who it was - maybe Rafalski?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/08/14 at 11:49 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/08/14 at 11:49 AM ET

Rafalski is one of the players who vocally spoke out against the Jock Tax, but he never got paid a low enough salary to have this happen.  In fact, in his speaking out against it, he was careful to mention that it wasn’t him who would end up paying more than his own salary to play in Nashville.

I think the player in question was Drew Miller.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/08/14 at 12:01 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

Those “spoiled” rich athletes

Ahhh, but remember, “rich” is subjective, and high income does not equate to high net worth.

Posted by TreKronor on 04/08/14 at 12:23 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Ahhh, but remember, “rich” is subjective, and high income does not equate to high net worth.

Oh I know.  I was using the term ironically because whenever I’ve seen somebody argue in favor of such a stupid tax, it’s always been from the position that the people paying it are somehow less-entitled to that money.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 04/08/14 at 02:15 PM ET

awould's avatar

It’s a ridiculous tax to force every NHL player to pay a royalty to the owner of the Predators. I assume the players in Nashville don’t pay this. And players only pay it when they play in Nashville, so you’re doubly screwed if you’re in their Division.

It’s a slush fund for the owner that the city probably felt ok instituting because it likely mitigated their tax-break package on the arena district or concessions revenue.

Posted by awould on 04/08/14 at 02:27 PM ET

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