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TN Legislature debates pro privilege tax

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Is it fair that NBA and NHL players in Tennessee have to pay a privilege tax when other professional athletes in the state do not?

The Professional Privilege Tax issue is up for debate in the Tennessee Legislature in Nashville.

Every member of the Memphis Grizzlies pays it, and so does every player in the NBA who plays a game at the FedExForum.

The Nashville Predators and NHL players also pay it when they play at Bridgestone Arena, yet NFL players aren't hit with the same tax, nor are NASCAR drivers when they race at Bristol.

Grizzlies guard Tony Allen appeared at the hearings this week in Nashville to support the NBA's position that the tax was unfair. NBA and NHL players are taxed roughly $2,500 per game, and up to $7,500 a year, which adds up to almost $3 million in taxes from the NBA and NHL combined.

Allen says that it's unfair that the tax targets two professional programs but not all.

Complicating the issue, the Grizzlies owners are in favor of keeping the tax intact, since they say the funds generated are in turn used as incentives to lure entertainment acts to FedExForum.

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