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  • In most pro sports, the athletes are paid by the teams they play for, not the league itself.
  • Players on teams sign contracts for a year or more. They get paid even if they don't play. They could be injuryed or even released and they still will get paid because they signed a contract.
  • Pro athletes are paid an annual salary as dictated by their contracts. However, where they play each game influences the state taxes that they pay. If a New York Yankee is playing in Minnesota, the portion of his salary that he earns (whether actually playing or not) while the team is in Minnesota is taxed by the state of Minnesota, and likewise with every other state. Federal income tax applies to us all. State income taxes vary by state -- some have high rates, others low, and still others have none at all.

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