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.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.
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.
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)