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Not only does team owner Steve Ballmer not have to pay tax on any real-world Clippers profits, he can use the tax write-off to offset his other income.

Owners like Steve Ballmer can take the kinds of deductions on team assets — everything from media deals to player contracts — that industrialists take on factory equipment, all of which helps them pay lower tax rates than players and even stadium workers. Read more»

Elizabeth Eggers of Oro Valley (in orange hat) will miss spring training here. On March 12, she hosted her brother John, his wife, Erin and their kids Ben, 12, Luke, 10, and Noah, 3, for a Diamondbacks game against the Oakland A's.

After years of negotiations, local official were unable to convince three teams to stay here for spring training. The White Sox left in 2008, and the Diamondbacks and Rockies will leave after this year. Read more» 1