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California legislator proposes fighters’ bill of rights

Leave it up to the bleeding-heart liberals in the Land of Fruits and Nuts (i.e., California) to try to force their over-intrusive big government “fairness” down our collective gullet. First they took away our right to own our own f*cking pets. As if that wasn’t bad enough, now they’re proposing to not only force MMA promoters to stop handcuffing fighters into exploitative contracts, but also force contributions to a pension fund so that they’ll be taken care of when they’ve lost their ability to amuse us by sustaining brain damage. Pshaw! FightOpinion has the lowdown on Assembly Bill 2100, amended on April 9 by California State Legislator Luis Alejo:

AB 2100 authorizes the State Athletic Commission to revoke or refuse to renew the license of any mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter in California that participates in coercive and unfair contracting practices. This bill also extends the scope of the Boxers’ Pension Plan to include professional MMA fighters licensed in California.

First, let’s take a look at the anti-coercion section of the bill, which has become known in legal circles as the “F*ck Zuffa Clause”:

The commission shall revoke or refuse to renew the license of any mixed martial arts promoter that enters into a contract with a mixed martial arts fighter in the state of California if the contract contains one or more coercive provisions. A contract provision shall be considered coercive to the extent that it does any of the following:

  • (1) Assigns any future merchandising rights to a promoter beyond the term of the promotional contract.
  • (2) Automatically renews the contract or extends the term without good faith, arms-length negotiation.
  • (3) Grants the promoter a right to match the terms of a competing offer or contract.
  • (4) Grants the promoter a right to enter into exclusive negotiations with a mixed martial arts fighter.
  • (5) Restricts a mixed martial arts fighter from sponsoring another firm, product, or individual.
  • (6) Requires a mixed martial arts fighter to relinquish any legal claims for negligence that the fighter has, or may acquire in the future, against the promoter.
  • (7) Restricts a mixed martial arts fighter from contracting with another promoter.
  • (8) Requires a mixed martial arts fighter to forfeit any rights as a condition precedent to the fighter’s participation in a contest.

No word yet on whether Zuffa intends to pull a Zuffa and sue California for the theft of its official fighter contract form, which Alejo photocopied onto construction paper before writing “ILLEGAL” in red crayon and pointing at the text with a giant arrow accompanied by some doodles of Jon Fitch. California also wants to extend its Boxers’ Pension Fund to MMA fighters, and in order to get the money, they’re planning on collecting a 5% tax on TV revenues from MMA fights – sound familiar?

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