Super Bowl ticket tax exemption heads to Georgia governor


ATLANTA (AP) – The Georgia Senate has approved a bill eliminating $10 million in state sales taxes on Super Bowl tickets if the National Football League chooses Atlanta to host the event.

The bill goes to Gov. Nathan Deal, who along with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has supported it.

The same exemption will be granted to other sporting events expected to generate at least $50 million in revenue. That includes all-star games for professional baseball, soccer and basketball and national college tournament finals or championships.

Supporters say the NFL requires the exemption from any city bidding to host the event. Opponents called the exemption a giveaway to the NFL.

Atlanta is one of four finalist cities competing for either the 2019 or 2020 Super Bowl, against New Orleans, Miami and Tampa, Florida.

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