MMA lobbies in Albany…again

January 30, 2014

In a story that seems to repeat itself, MMA advocates were in Albany Tuesday starting its annual bid to legalize mixed martial arts in New York State according to the USA Today.

MMA supporters were in Albany to stress that the sport has “evolved” and state regulation would “ensure safety precautions” would be followed.

Aside from the arguments regarding safety, MMA fighters and promoters argue that the sport would be an economic boon for the state as it estimates “about $135 million a year in additional revenue from fights at major venues.”  This includes $67 million from the statewide expansion of UFC Gyms.  A study submitted by the UFC in November suggests a $68 million economic impact on the state as a result of anticipated live events from the UFC, Bellator, WSOF and Ring of Combat.

With the lawsuit over the law banning New York matriculating through the court system, the only way the UFC makes it to New York any time soon is through a law legalizing the sport.

Payout Perspective:

Just like spring training in baseball, MMA proponents are getting ready to give it their best efforts again this year.  The article suggests the key to persuading legislators is educating them on MMA by dispelling preconceived notions of the sport.  Last year, a sexual harassment case in Albany involving a proponent of MMA invoked some of the past stereotypes of the sport.  This was one of the reasons for last year’s stall of legalizing the sport.  Has anything changed since last year?  We will see how this plays out this spring in upstate New York.

One Response to “MMA lobbies in Albany…again”

  1. AK on January 31st, 2014 10:14 AM

    Why bother with these shameless lemmings beholden to union scumbags.

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