AND NOW, THE FAKE BRUINS/IRS STORY
Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs filed a petition in the Tax Court last month disputing the 50 percent limitation on the meals provided Bruins players in their away games during the years 2009 and 2010. The Bruins practice of taking 100 percent of deductions for team meals during road trips was similar to the exception for employer-operated eating facilities, the petition maintained, since the hotels at which the team meals were consumed constituted its “base of operations” during away games.
"We spend a ton of money feeding these guys," the Bruins owner stated. "Have you ever seen Seidenberg eat? My idea is to save some money on expenses, and then pass those savings onto our fans. We are seriously contemplating reducing the price on hot dogs from $9.75 to $9.50, and we've had two meetings on dropping the price of 4 ounce draft beer from $7.25 to $7.00."
It cited the fact that the purpose of the hotel stay “is all business.” For example, players are required to sleep at the designated hotel and abide by a designated curfew, and the coaches and staff conduct business meetings at the hotel. In fact, the petition said, “The time spent at the away city hotel is substantial, and far greater than the 60 minutes of ice time that each away game requires.” Of course, the IRS could contend that not all Bruins have spent substantial time in team hotels.
"Now I know that not all of these young fellas has always spent the night in our team hotels," said Jacobs. "I remember a few years back during the playoffs I'd be up early and see Tyler Seguin walking back in at 6am. I called him out on it, and he said our policy of having four players sharing two king beds was a bit awkward and that he had a cousin in town he stayed with. He must have a big family because he always seemed to be visiting cousins no matter what town we were playing in."
Seguin and 'cousins'
JEREMY JACOBS TAKING THE IRS TO COURT
The Bruins are dropping the gloves with the Internal Revenue Service over its habit of deducting 100 percent of the cost of away-game meals.
Employers may generally deduct up to 50 percent of the cost of meals for employees. An exception is if the meals are furnished for the convenience of the employer and on the employer’s business premises, in which case the employer may deduct 100 percent of the cost.
Jeremy Jacobs filed a petition in the Tax Court on July 27 disputing the 50 percent limitation on the meals provided Bruins players in their away games during the years 2009 and 2010. The Bruins practice of taking 100 percent of deductions for team meals during road trips was similar to the exception for employer-operated eating facilities, the petition maintained, since the hotels at which the team meals were consumed constituted its “base of operations” during away games.
“Use of the away city hotel is extensive, requiring that the hotel provide rooms for each player and staff member, private meeting rooms, eating facilities, and space for physical therapy and medical treatment,” Jacobs contended in the petition filed with the Tax Court.
Moreover, according to the petition, “The away city hotel is the club’s business premises during the club’s travels in the away city.”
It cited the fact that the purpose of the hotel stay “is all business.” For example, players are required to sleep at the designated hotel and abide by a designated curfew, and the coaches and staff conduct business meetings at the hotel. In fact, the petition said, “The time spent at the away city hotel is substantial, and far greater than the 60 minutes of ice time that each away game requires.” Of course, the IRS could contend that not all Bruins have spent substantial time in team hotels (IE- Tyler Seguin.)
Naturally, the case will be closely followed by the rest of the National Hockey League and other professional sports teams.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The current rivalry between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will not be the only one celebrated at the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.
The League announced Wednesday there will be an alumni game played at Gillette Stadium on Dec. 31, pitting legends against each other one more time.
For many who have been involved in the competition between the Bruins and Canadiens over the past nine decades, the mere sight of the other's logo rekindles a rivalry that never goes fully dormant.
Yvan Cournoyer, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and a former Canadiens captain, said the rivalry defined a huge part of who he was as a hockey player.
He entered the NHL during the 1963-64 season, when he was 19 years old, and his second game was at Boston Garden. Asked about the reception from Bruins fans, he shook his head and laughed as he stood on the playing surface at Gillette Stadium.
"We won the game, so …," Cournoyer said, suggesting that he and his Canadiens had the last laugh. "So many memories against the Bruins. I started with six teams [in the League]. That was a lot of action with six teams. I almost say we grew up together, the Boston Bruins and me with the Montreal Canadiens."
Cournoyer is 71 years old, and almost 50 years have passed since he first took the ice against Montreal's most bitter rival, but he is ready to pick up the torch again in service of the Canadiens.
No, Cournoyer will not strap on his skates and dazzle fans and opponents with his blazing speed, a skill that earned him the nickname "Road Runner." Those days, sadly, have passed him by. He said he has had multiple back surgeries and procedures done on a knee and a shoulder, so playing in the game is out of the question.
Instead, he said he will help coach the team of Canadiens alumni on New Year's Eve. He joked that he is already on the recruiting trail, making sure his team is stocked with the best players possible.
On the other side, Bruins president Cam Neely said the lure of playing against the Canadiens may pull him back onto the ice for the first time since he played in the alumni game for the 2010 Winter Classic at Fenway Park. On Jan. 2, 2010, Neely and other Bruins alumni split into two teams and played during a heavy snowfall.
As Neely took his skates off that day, he thought it was likely to be the last time he did so after playing in a public exhibition. Now, five years later, the mixture of the setting at Gillette Stadium and the presence of the rival Canadiens has Neely reconsidering his options.
"I've been asked a bunch and right now I am on the fence," the 50-year-old said. "The last game I played was the Winter Classic at Fenway Park, so it has been a while. I don't know, but it is going to be hard to not do it, but right now I am on the fence."
Hopefully Stan Jonathan, John Wensink, Pierre Bouchard and Gilles Lupien all play in the Alumni Game, although it should be noted that Wensink now has short hair and it'll be tougher for Lupien to pull it.
This month's show, with an interview with Providence College Head Coach Nate Leaman.
NEED A MANSION IN ARIZONA? JR'S GOT ONE FOR YOU
After failing to sell his Scottsdale, AZ, mansion last year, Jeremy Roenick is trying a different tack: Renting it out for the whopping sum of $30,000 a month. Of course, if you wish to buy it, you can shell out $5,750,000 (or a reasonable offer.)
Roenick, a fan favorite, scored over 500 goals during his All-Star hockey career, playing for six different teams—most notably the Chicago Blackhawks and Phoenix Coyotes. Since his retirement, the former center has managed to remain the center of attention as a hockey analyst and reality TV judge, as well as buy a golf-course.
The seven-bedroom, 10,000-square-foot home sits on nearly 19 acres of desert, with stunning views of the nearby mountains and forests. Southwestern-style balconies overlook the private pool and landscaped yard. There’s also a large stone patio that’s perfect for entertaining friends (or just lying out in the sun).
You could take a lazy dip in the pool, play a few innings on the baseball field, or practice putting on the three-hole course. With so many activities to be found outdoors, there’s no reason to go inside.
However, if you do head indoors, you won’t be disappointed. The Southwestern design style continues throughout, including the spacious living room with a distressed wood box ceiling, stone fireplace surround, and copper inlays.
If you have more than six cars, no problem. The garage can hold seven.