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Pro-athlete says Tennessee 'jock tax' too much

Detroit defenseman Brian Rafalski says Tennessee is unfairly taxing professional athletes to play in the state.

The Red Wings star has been running the numbers, and he estimates 17 teammates will be paying more money in taxes to face off against the Nashville Predators on Saturday night than they will earn for playing the game.

Rafaski says the new Tennessee privilege tax on NHL and NBA athletes is a tax rate of more than 100 percent.

Paying taxes isn't his issue. A total of 18 states now charge what's commonly called a "jock tax" to make money off highly paid pro athletes. But Tennessee's tax, which took effect July 1, 2009, is different from the other 17 because players cannot get any relief through a deduction back home.

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