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Tennessee State Senate To Hold Hearing On Taxing Athletes

Reps of the NHLPA and NBPA and Grizzlies COO Jason Wexler are scheduled to appear at a Tennessee state Senate hearing today to discuss a bill that would repeal the state’s tax on NHL and NBA players. The bill, introduced in February, would repeal the '09 tax of $2,500 a game or a maximum of $7,500 total. 

Scheduled to speak in favor of the bill are NHLPA General Counsel Don Zavelo, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Exec Dir Mathieu Schneider, NBPA counsel Dave Kiefer and Steve Kidder, outside counsel to the NHLPA and the NBPA. Wexler is scheduled to speak in opposition to the bill. Each side will have 30 minutes to make their statements in front of a three-senator ad-hoc committee chaired by Sen. Jack Johnson, who introduced the bill. This is the first hearing of the ad-hoc committee, and the Tennessee legislature cannot vote on the bill until January '14.
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