Regulated MMA Soon to Be Legalized in New York reports Manassa MMA
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The bill, which has been sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to conduct professional competitions in New York, and gives the Athletic Commission within the state the ability to regulate professional mixed martial art promotions, participants, bouts, as well as exhibitions.
The bill has now been sent to the Assembly. Griffo has stated that he believes the official recognition of the sport within the state is long overdue.
“It’s long past time that we officially sanction this sport in the state,” Griffo said. “For five years, I’ve been making the case that the numbers don’t lie; bringing MMA events to New York State will have a tremendously positive impact through the jobs that can be created and the spending that will stimulate the economy.”
Currently, 47 states allow for MMA matches. The most prominent organization of the sport, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is also known as the most heavily regulated, according to Griffo.
In 2011, UFC has employed rather strenuous rules upon itself and participants to protect its athletes and the legitimacy of the sport, including medical testing, safety requirements, and more rigorous overall rule sets for participants than in sports like professional boxing.
“New York needs to capitalize on opportunities that would continue strengthening our economy,” Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said. “I applaud Senator Griffo for leading the charge to legalize MMA in New York to help create new jobs, generate revenue, and bring our state in line with nearly every other state.”
In 2008, a study noted that the UFC event within New York City would generate $11.5 million in new economic activity, with $5.3 million in direct spending, with $1.5 million in non-lodging spending, and $4.9 million in indirect or induced benefits generated in auxiliary revenue.
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