I agree with the tax thing, but if those athletes deduct the probably hundreds of thousands they spent to get there, they may actually end up ahead on the deal. I'm sure they're running it like a business, keeping track of all expenses and whatnot.
Of course, I also think it's wrong to tax lotto winnings, but hey. You are more likely to be hit by lightning, run over by a bus, and bitten by a shark simultaneously than win a Lotto, but in the off chance you do hit it, the IRS is there to grab about 30 percent of it. Shakedown.
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