Monday, July 6, 2009

Kerrzy's Notebook: All-Star bonus for STL?

The City of St. Louis is hoping for some big names at the 2009 MLB All-Star game being played in that city this year. I'm sure the fans are too, but for a totally different reason.

You see, the city hopes to get its share of extra money that any players might be pocketing as a result of being voted into the big game. Players aren't paid to play in All-Star games, but many have big bonuses from their teams if they are selected.

Why should the host city of an event get any money from the players? Even if it is just a one per cent tax, what gives them the right? That's ridiculous in my eyes!

It's nothing new for sports teams travelling through the 'Loo though.

According to STLtoday.com, the tax is routinely applied to visiting professional athletes who swing through town, and all National League teams that regularly play the St. Louis Cardinals even have accounts with the collectors office!

It doesn't stop at the players either, anyone that travels with the team, right down to the water boy, is subject to the tax. Are you kidding me?

The article goes on to say that in the last six or so years, the city has "earned" over $7-million in taxes from MLB players...and I'm sure when you factor in the NFL's Rams, the NHL's Blues and all the teams they play each year, you're looking at a far bigger number.

The argument from the players side in this case is that if a player earns an All-Star bonus it's for his work prior to the game (the reason he is voted in), not necessarily for playing in the game itself. So they aren't earning that bonus in St. Louis - they've been earning it all season long.

Is it worth challenging though? Probably not, the government tends to win these types of battles.

Again - one per cent is a small price to pay to ply your trade in the city of St. Louis, but why should visiting pro athletes have to pay a price?

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