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Two down, three to go, nine days left

More futile news from this year’s push to see MMA regulated in New York: the bill has been approved by the Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sport Development committee. So now we’ve got the state’s Senate and a committee’s approval. There’s not much left to do, right? Eeeeeeeeeh if only:

Several obstacles, however, still stand in the way of regulated MMA coming to New York.

The bill will now move on to the Codes committee, which passed another version of the bill in 2010 before it died out. Should it pass again, it will move on to the Ways and Means committee, where it stalled last year. From there it would still have to pass a full Assembly vote and be signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a tall order given the limited time left in the current session, which is scheduled to end on June 20.

Yep, MMA has to get through three more votes in 13 days (9 if you only count working days). While all signs point to the bill winning those votes, unfortunately you need to actually hold the vote for it to pass, and it doesn’t look like this is very likely. Forget that old coot Bob Reilly – the real enemy here is Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. He handles what gets voted on and what doesn’t, and has been perfectly happy letting MMA die on the vine year after year with this goddamn end of session crap.

I’ve pretty much given up on this year, but Dana White hasn’t. Here is his message to fans:

“Getting the State Legislature to allow mixed martial arts has been an uphill battle, but thanks to you guys, we’ve refused to let it die. Today we had some good news. The Assembly Tourism Committee voted to allow regulation of MMA. The Senate passed the bill already, so now all we need is the full Assembly to vote,” he said.

“But this is where we got stuck last year, so we need your help. Please take a minute and call your assembly member and ask them to demand a vote on MMA. The legislature leaves for the summer in two weeks so we have no time to lose.

“New York fans have waited long enough. Let’s finish this!”

If you happen to live in New York, here’s the information on how you can harass your Assembly member.


    If it doesn’t get past the assembly this go around then Zuffa needs to pull back and let NY come to them or at least wait a while to pursue this matter any further. No sense in burning any more time, energy and money when everyone else (other states) gets it and New York doesn’t (or doesn’t want to).

    There’s not a single good reason as to why the sport of Mixed Martial Arts is not sanctioned in the state of New York, NOT ONE! The push back seems to be driven by ignorance and or political pressure and not sound facts or data.

    New York is nothing more than the pretty girl playing hard to get and it’s time to leave her in the rear view mirror. Either they’ll figure it out and come running after us or they’ll be left in the dust all alone.

  • Reverend Clint

    still dont really care since i live on the best West Coast

  • glassjawsh

    left coast

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    New York is nothing more than the pretty girl playing hard to get and it’s time to leave her in the rear view mirror. Either they’ll figure it out and come running after us or they’ll be left in the dust all alone.

    This would be a brilliant metaphor if it wasn’t about NY.

    There’s no good reason except the illusory financial one to legalize it here.  All the tourist “income” generally goes to corporations with tax holes who don’t contribute much to the city/state except a few jobs that’re already here for the never-ending torrent of tourists we already get.  Tough sell.

  • frickshun

    ^^Disagree w/that statement. What are you basing that on??

    What I do agree with is not putting so much pressure on sanctioning here (yes, I’m a New Yawka). I only go to MSG when I can get in for free (my company has a luxury box) & even then, it’s not always worth the hassle to get into the city or buy the expensive ass beer & shitty food from concessions.

    Zuffa made a shitload on the gate @ the 60,000 person arena (or whatever the fuck it was). It’s not like coming to NY will make a sellout @ MSG do much better than their standard venue gates of $3-4 mil. Maybe they’ll get to $6 mil. Is that worth all the time & money they’re putting into NY?


    PS: If it comes to NY, I’ll be there for sure. On my bosses dime…….(actually we get tix in trade for advertising).

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    Hotel chains owned by companies in other states, chain restaurants, chain stores etc.  The city will make money, but not most of what’s being suggested.

  • frickshun

    ^^Correct me if I’m wrong (I’m not), but isn’t the main pitch to NY that we’ll bring revenue to the city & state? That comes in the form of taxes. If you do business in a state, you pay THAT STATE. I think.


  • Reverend Clint

    you get tickets in trade for sex

  • frickshun

    If “sex” is code for “having a waaaaay better quality of life than Clint”, then the answer is yes!!

  • Reverend Clint

    no sex is having another man put his penis inside your colon then move around