Cuomo backs MMA in NY if it makes economic sense

March 13, 2013

The Albany Times Union reports that New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo is warming to the idea of a bill allowing professional MMA in the state.  Governor Cuomo indicated that the economic benefits would be the primary reason for his opinion.

Although officially legalizing professional MMA in the state is something the governor would like to address before the end of June, it has not been discussed in negotiation over the budget with the legislature.

The governor realizes the opponents of the sport but is interested in examining an “in-depth economic analysis” looking at the potential business upside for the state as a result of MMA events in the state.

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Dana White stated that Governor Cuomo’s comments were “music to his ears” during his appearance on “The Jim Rome Show” Wednesday.  The comments reflect support so long as its an economic driver within the state.  The economic component is a big issue and the governor’s comments appear to be a call for Zuffa to produce some updated information on how it could impact the state economically.  We shall see whether the latest support for MMA will turn into legislation granting professional MMA within the state.

2 Responses to “Cuomo backs MMA in NY if it makes economic sense”

  1. jim genia on March 14th, 2013 6:27 AM

    New York State’s current Governor is Andrew Cuomo. Mario was from years ago.

  2. Jason Cruz on April 23rd, 2013 8:48 AM

    Sorry Jim. Correction made.

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