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MMA bill picks up more than 60 Assembly sponsors


By TG Branfalt Jr.
Staff writer

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Under a bill in the Legislature, New York state would receive 8.5 percent of gross ticket sales for mixed martial arts events, which is almost triple the 3 percent cut they see from boxing events. The New York State Athletic Commission would sanction mixed martial arts bouts. This is the fourth year in a row a bill regulating MMA in the state has passed the Senate and is gaining support in the Assembly. Photo by AP.
April 15, 2013
Mixed martial arts has a fighting chance in New York.

Legislation (S.2755), sponsored by Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, would regulate the controversial sport in the state and passed the Senate 47-15.

The bill was sent to the Assembly March 6 and sent to the Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sports Development Committee the next day.

The Assembly bill (A.6506) is sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, and boasts 13 co-sponsors as well as 50 multi-sponsors. There are 150 members in the Assembly.

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"It's long past time that we officially sanction this sport in the state," Griffo said in a statement posted to his official state website. "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."

In 2008, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, considered the major league of MMA, released a financial impact study by HR & A Advisors which showed the positive economic impact legalization of the sport would have on the state's economy.

According to the report New York City would see $11.5 million in "net new economic activity" per UFC event. An event held in Buffalo would take in $6.9 million.

Under the proposed regulations New York State would receive 8.5 percent of gross ticket sales, which is almost triple the 3 percent cut they see from boxing events. The New York State Athletic Commission would sanction mixed martial arts bouts.

This is the fourth year in a row a bill regulating MMA in the state has passed the Senate. In prior sessions the bill was defeated in the Assembly.

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