Fri. 11:49 a.m.: Cleveland to appeal ‘jock tax’ ruling to US Supreme Court

COLUMBUS – Cleveland intends to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the city’s system for taxing visiting professional athletes.

The city filed a motion Wednesday indicating the move. The filing comes after the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that the city’s method for taxing athletes based on the number of games played violates players’ due process rights.

It ruled that the city must assess taxes based on the number of days each visiting player works in a year.

The filing states that the decision has “important widespread implications.”

At issue were challenges by former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer and retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday