NHLPA Planning To Sue The State Of Tennessee

Source: Aaron Ward, TSN

NHLPA_Logo_2012The NHL Players’ Association is seeking permission to sue the state of Tennessee on behalf of its membership and get reimbursed for a special tax that players must pay each time they play a game in Nashville.

Since the 2009-2010 season, the state has taxed NHL players $2,500 – with an annual cap of $7,500 – under a ‘Professional Privilege Tax’ each time they were on their club’s playing roster for a game in Nashville.

The Players’ Association believes this is unfair and possibly unconstitutional, saying a player making the league minimum would in fact lose money playing there and would be better off financially by not playing.

The reimbursement would only apply to those players who paid the tax prior to the new collective bargaining agreement. Under the current CBA, it was negotiated that the National Hockey League would reimburse players for their Tennessee tax payments, starting with the 2012-13 season.