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william clegg

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a 10% tithe on all pro athletes salaries and team owners profits

that tithe would then be directed towards amateur and local sports infrastructures, equipment and activities within the teams province/state so as to allow as many youth as possible to have a chance to participate

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  • Jan 21 2014: It's called taxation. Tithing is done to a religion. If someone wants to assess a special tax on professional athletics, just go through the appropriate legislatures. Expect a corresponding increase in ticket prices and merchandise to make up the difference. That being said, it would be very difficult under US law to target a specific profession for a tax. It would violate the "Equal protection" clause of the US Constitution. In essence, small groups are not to be singled out by government for special penalties. Likewise, an additional tax levy against team owners could run afoul of the Constitutional guarantee of "equal protection". However, there may be a way around this. Team owners in the USA are constantly hungry for new stadiums. Thus, one could write a special sales tax to cover professional sports stadiums that would be diverted, by law, to "physical education and amateur sports". There is a tradition of special-purpose sales tax (or excises) in the USA, and it could be seen as a reasonable use of public interest in sports in general. There are already several products in the USA subject to additional taxes, such as alcohol or tobacco. Thus, tickets and pay-per-view to for-profit sporting events could be assessed an additional sales tax surcharge. In the case of professional sports memorabilia, it would have to be a Federal excise or only assessed on such items sold at such events.
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      Jan 22 2014: While the term has been co-opted by organized religion, the origins of the word tithe has far deeper roots, referring to a commitment to the service and protection of one's community. But more and more often tithing has been imposed rather than a civic duty..

      There is some merit to your suggestion of using stadiums which are central to professional sports as a good place to collect the tithe.
      • Jan 22 2014: I speak the modern English language, not some play-pretend fantasy based on cherry-picked obsolete former usages. In the modern, REAL world, a "tithe" is a religious fee. It is silly and self-centered to demand the rest of the world stop using it in that fashion and use it in another fashion when the perfectly functional word "tax" already exists.
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      Jan 23 2014: I agree, there are numerous problems with the culture of professional sports with sexism and violence both overt and covert heads the list. But community based sports is a great way to engage youngsters in communities and to distance them from trouble making activities.

      Surely it is time that those who benefit the most from organized sports helped support the communities and the people they get rich off of.
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    Feb 17 2014: so throw the children under the "I don't like professional sports" bus as well? How sad considering the games those so-called professionals all came out of kids having fun in their communities.

    Playing in pickup games and on local teams can be healthy and empowering. It is time the "professionals" ponied up the $$ to support the kids instead of wallowing in conspicuous consumption.
  • Feb 16 2014: With all the gambling, drugs, fixes, & violence, I'd like to see it kept as far-away from children as possible!!
    My vote: do-away with it altogether.
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    Jan 22 2014: I was wondering if a voluntary tithe, publically sought and honoured, might be just as successful in raising the badly needed monies but without the involvement of politicians who would eventually use the monies for their own pet projects?