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PA Regulates Professional Wrestling Just To Extract Taxes

The Wrestling Act portion of the state athletic code is a three-page document and very little of it actually concerns wrestler safety. The portion of the code governing boxing is more than six times as long.

The key provision of the Wrestling Act is the imposition of a 5-percent tax on the face value of all tickets sold to a wrestling performance, which is turned over to the Athletic Commission. The commission boasts on its website that is is financially self-sufficient, a fact made possible by the state’s strong pro wrestling culture. ...

After all, Santorum had argued, professional wrestling is not a sport and should not be treated as such.

The General Assembly agreed and granted his wish. Lawmakers eliminated most of the health restrictions on wrestling, but kept the ticket tax, maintaining a healthy stream of tax revenue. Many other states followed suit and eliminated regulation.

Source: PA Independent. Read full article. (link)

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  • Creeper||

    The Pa State Athletic Commission relies on boxing and mma for most of it's revenue and is entirely self funded.

    Most pro wrestling shows in the state are of the local variety as the WWE visits infrequently.

    If wrestling promoters did not pay the 5% commission tax, they would immediately fall under entertainment and pay the 10% entertainment tax....if you were a wrestling promoter, which would you rather pay?

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