New York MMA Sanctioning Not Happening
By: Eric Shapiro | Jun 19, 2008
Remember when people thought that obtaining MMA sanctioning in New York was the UFC’s big announcement? Well that dream is now more defeated than ever, thanks largely to a man by the name of Bob Reilly:
“A measure to legalize Mixed Martial Arts, AKA Ultimate Fighting, or Cage Fighting, is apparently down for the count in the Assembly Tourism committee after it looked like it didn’t have enough votes to move forward this afternoon. Among those taking credit for the knockout was Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie who argued that the state shouldn’t sanction a sport characterized largely by its brutality.
“We ban cockfighting and dog fighting — should we allow humans to enter a cage to knee, kick, and punch each other?” asked Reilly. Last week Reilly had expressed concern that the measure might pass, given the big money and lobbying pressure involved here. But ultimately, the argument against it prevailed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship, the organization that promotes such activities, has been lobbying to get in New York since 2001. It’s currently illegal in over 20 states, including New York, said Reilly.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship said Reilly is wrong, and that the sport is banned in only 10 states: Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.”
Clearly the powers that be do not exactly have a masters understanding of MMA, but at least the battle continues to be fought. Here’s to hoping these policymakers either get replaced by the less closed-minded, or at least receive a proper education as to why MMA deserves its place in the sanctioning universe.
Lorenzo Fertitta resigned from his position as president of Station Casinos yesterday. Fertitta stated that his time was being increasingly divided between the family-owned off-Strip Las Vegas casino and the Ultimate Fighting Championship which the family also owns a portion of.
Fertitta’s brother Frank Fertitta will be taking over the full time operation of the Station Casinos while Lorenzo dedicates his time to working at the UFC.
UFC fans are particularly excited about this move as many recognize it as meaning a proven business expert will be having a greater impact on the league. This is potentially an important factor for assisting the UFC president Dana White with operations and building the league out to a more global scale.