- Associated Press - Monday, May 11, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Cleveland is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling that the city’s system for taxing professional athletes is unconstitutional.

The court ruled April 30 that Cleveland’s method of taxing athletes based on the number of games played violates players’ due process rights. A unanimous court ruled the city should base municipal taxes on days spent in the city as a percentage of an entire season of games, practices and team-related activities. The court said former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer, who filed the suit, is due a partial refund from Cleveland.

Justices didn’t consider an argument by the NFL, NBA and NHL that professional athletes shouldn’t be excluded from an Ohio law that disallows taxing anyone performing services 12 days or fewer per year.


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