NHL Expansion: Tax Law was the Deciding Factor

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 7: The new T-Mobile Arena at Toshiba Plaza (expected to be the home of an NHL team) is viewed on June 7, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tourism in America's "Sin City" has, over the last several years, made a significant comeback following the Great Recession, with visitors filling the hotels, restaurants, and casinos in record numbers. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

via Derek Helling, LastWordOnSports.com

There were several bids for NHL expansion, but ultimately Las Vegas has won out. Among many things, the difference in tax laws between Nevada and Quebec may have tipped the scales in favor of Sin City.

NHL Expansion: Tax Law was the Deciding Factor

Nevada has no state income tax, making Las Vegas attractive for several reasons. Players for the new team in Las Vegas won’t have to pay state income tax on their salaries, and the same goes for other franchise and NHL staff. Additionally, dividends paid to investors in Nevada won’t be diminished because of a state income tax, either.

How big is the difference? Using the average player salary as an example demonstrates it clearly.

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