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“And remember,” Ganis said, “beyond the chance to play alongside one of the all-time greats, Florida has no state income tax. And when you make the kind of money these guys are bringing home, that can be a very, very persuasive selling point.”

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Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org and follow him at Twitter.com/Jim Litke.