Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment. That helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers.
by Robert Faturechi, Justin Elliott and Ellis Simani, Pro-Publica
(July 8) – At a concession stand at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Adelaide Avila was pingponging between pouring beers, wiping down counters and taking out the trash. Her Los Angeles Lakers were playing their hometown rival, the Clippers, but Avila was working too hard to follow the March 2019 game.
When she filed taxes for her previous year’s labours at the arena and her second job driving for Uber, the 50-year-old Avila reported making $44,810. The federal government took a 14.1% cut.
When legendary enforcer Bob Probert (L) died in 2011, doctors found CTE in his brain tissue | Rick Stewart/Allsport/Getty Images
By Pierre Saint-Arnaud
Canadian Press (May 10, 2023) – A study of former National Hockey League players shows that enforcers who spent a lot of time dropping their gloves or in the penalty box lived significantly shorter lives than their peers.
Researchers at Columbia University in New York reached the conclusion after analyzing data from 6,039 NHL players from 1967 to last spring.
The study, published Wednesday in the JAMA Network Open, found that enforcers died on average a decade younger than comparable peers who were drafted at the same rank, were of similar height and weight and played the same position.
Aristotle, in the 4th century B.C., observed that it was “not inappropriate” to compare swimming to running. And it’s true, one could do a kind of head count of body parts and see that each one is engaged while swimming: eyes, mouth, nose, lungs, heart, shoulders, chest, arms, hands, neck, back, abdominal muscles, buttocks, legs, feet.
(April 19, 2023) – In the newspaper game, the Sports section is sometimes called “the toy department.” The term originated decades ago as an insult wielded by the more hard-bitten “real” news folks, but it’s hard to be offended, because there’s also an element of truth to it: Most of us developed our appreciation for sports at a young age, and whenever we watch or play, there’s a childlike element threaded through the enjoyment. Besides, why should kids be the only ones to enjoy the simple pleasures of a well-thwacked ball, or the clang of a puck as it caroms off the crossbar and into the net?
Note to readers – From July 22, 2022 to April 8, 2023 this blog – as well asTony Seed’s blog – has been shut down by WordPress after the password was inadvertently deleted. Sincere thanks to all those who expressed their interest, support and patience. Expect an uptake in posts as we endeavour to make up for lost ground.
Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) will resolve the appeal on this issue only after full payment of the fine.
By Marina Krizhanovskaya
According to British media reports, the UK Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club have been fined just over $1 million for excluding tennis players from Russia and Belarus from participating in three tournaments. It is noted that tennis players were not allowed to tournaments held in Eastbourne, Nottingham and Birmingham.
(July 6) – Kazakh tennis player Elena Rybakina says she sympathized with the Russian tennis players, who were not allowed to Wimbledon, because every athlete wants to play in the biggest tournament of the Grand Slam series.