Tenn. bill would impose tax on NBA, NHL players

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A legislative proposal would impose a $2,500 privilege tax on professional basketball and hockey players when their teams play in Tennessee.

The tax would apply to members of the Nashville Predators, the Memphis Grizzlies and their opponents for up to three games a year. The tax would not apply to NFL players.

State Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz says the move would bring Tennessee into line with taxes charged by other states when Tennessee-based players travel there. Tennesseee does not have a state income tax.

Proceeds from the tax would be directed to the cities where the games are played.

The measure is part of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen's annual "technical corrections" bill.

Read SB2318 at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov

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