No MMA Bill in New York this year
June 11, 2013
The New York Daily News reports that the bill to legalize MMA in New York will likely be passed over again for vote this year. The report indicates that at least 35 Assembly Democrats oppose the measure.
The opposition includes 18 women – a bone of contention occurred in recent days as Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver came under criticism for his handling of sexual discrimination claims involving Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez.
What it boils down to is the need for 76 Assembly Democrats to support the MMA bill. With 35 expressing opposition, that leaves just 69 Assembly Democrats. If this holds, the bill will not go forward again.
One of the reasons for the lack of support is a classic opposition argument which the opposition stated in a letter explaining its position.
Via The New York Daily News:
…the 35 Assembly Dems blast MMA as “brutal and barbaric” as well as anti-women and anti-gay.
The letter cites a shocking online parody “how-to” rape video made last year in which Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter “Rampage” Jackson pretended to try to rape a woman in a parking garage using chloroform and zip ties.
“The hateful incidences associated with MMA and the violent nature of the sport raise serious concerns about the adverse effect that legalizing professional MMA events in New York could have on the well-being of our citizens, especially our children,” the 35 Dems wrote in their letter.
Seems like we’ve been here before. The UFC does its usual grab and grin in Albany, everyone says this year is the year. And, eventually, the momentum fizzles by June. With Connecticut legalizing MMA, New York is the last notable
(sorry Montana and Alaska) state that has not legalized MMA.
UPDATE: To clarify as pointed out by Marc Ratner of the UFC, Montana and Alaska do not have athletic commissions. Thus, those states do not have regulating bodies to govern MMA events. So, Montana and Alaska could hold MMA events in its respective state.
What makes this disappointing is that the UFC has spent so much money in the effort to educate and lobby on behalf of MMA. Still, its the same reasons we heard before the UFC’s efforts.