ESPN Being Sued By Los Angeles, Yes The Entire City

Monday, February 02, 2009

Well that's one of the odder headlines I've ever written, but it's true. TMZ is saying that ESPN owes the city of Los Angeles over $40,000 business license for X Games, and they're suing the WW"L".

Kaleeeefornia and parts thereof are broke-ass broke -- and ESPN may be partly to blame.

It all boils down to this: ESPN allegedly stiffed the City of LA out of $43,159.50 in back taxes from 2004-2006. Details are a bit sketchy, but the taxes were assessed as part of production on the X Games.

In the lawsuit against ESPN filed Friday, the City claims it mailed the bill to network offices in Bristol, but nobody ever sent a check.
ESPN has since told TMZ that the "check is in the mail", but it'll be interesting to see how this one plays out. It's certainly not the time to be messing with someone's money, let alone an entire city.

Update: I mistakenly said $40 million when first posting, and after getting word from ESPN, have changed it to the correct total of $40K. That seems like a total that should be easily taken care of, and is ultimately just a miscommunication.

ESPN Accused of Screwing Los Angeles (TMZ)

Posted by Awful Announcing at 5:35 PM


Ha, LA can always collect from Simmons, I guess.

GMoney said...
Feb 2, 2009, 5:40:00 PM  

I am sure whoever is responsible for not paying these taxes will be nominated for a position in Obama's cabinet by weeks end.

Math Geek said...
Feb 2, 2009, 7:21:00 PM  

Will ESPN now follow the Charles Barkley recent line of events.
1. Someone comes after you for money.
2. You are in a car with Erkle, a hooker, and some bear claws.

Ethanator1088 said...
Feb 2, 2009, 8:27:00 PM  

A little more than $40,000? ESPN should pull that amount of cash for those Federal Loan Modification ads they stick on ESPNews phone interviews.

Feb 2, 2009, 10:38:00 PM  

i have already's better to pay tax.

David said...
Feb 3, 2009, 5:54:00 AM  

$40k just seems like a ridiculous amount for ESPN to not pay, and for L.A. to whine about not receiving. $40k is, what, an actor's coke binge for a week?

Rob in WI said...
Feb 3, 2009, 12:34:00 PM  

This is a great blog. I just read of something similar on a Los Angeles personal injury attorney's blog. I think that it's really interesting.

Feb 16, 2009, 4:59:00 PM  

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