Brian Rafalski Doesn’t Like Tennessee’s Way of Doing Business

March 28th, 2010 by Kyle W. Brown Leave a reply »
This is a bit of a weird story coming out, hiding in the back pages of sports sections.

It seems that Detroit Red Wings' and US Olympic team defenseman Brian Rafalski is tired of Tennessee taking his money for being a professional athlete.

The issue stems from a new law that was introduced last summer, which essentially states that any professional athlete who plays a game in the Volunteer State must pay $2500 per game, a maximum of three times a year. (Note that NFL players are exempt from this rule, as the league has a stipulation that would allow them to sue the state for charging its players.)

What this means is that any player for the Predators or the Grizzlies (as far as I have found, minor leaguers are exempt also) must pay $7500 for essentially playing on a team in that state. As is the case with Rafalski, it also means that anyone on an opposing team that must play against a Tennessee team also pays $7500 (the Red Wings and anyone else in the Central Division play three games in Nashville).

Essentially, it's a cash grab that no-one's really going to care about seeing as pro athletes make so much money. A new player in the NHL makes aroun ...

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