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Lawmakers OK bill to remove tax deduction for pro sports owners' fines
Lawmakers OK bill to remove tax deduction for pro sports owners' fines

A bill that would prevent professional sports team owners from deducting league fines from their taxes cleared the California Legislature on Thursday. The measure was introduced soon after then-Clippers owner Donald Sterling came under fire for his recorded comments about African Americans. The National Basketball Assn. imposed an historic $2.5-million fine on Sterling and banned him from the league for life. Sterling's wife recently sold the team to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. Assemblymen Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) and Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) introduced the proposal to prevent Sterling and other sports franchise owners from writing off...

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