Tobacco wants to legalize mixed martial arts

source: silive.com
 

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Assemblyman Lou Tobacco wants to legalize mixed martial arts in New York, saying that would generate revenue, create jobs, boost tourism and help the state's entertainment industry.

Assembly Democrats oppose the idea, in part because they believe it is too violent.

Tobacco (R-South Shore) argued that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has made rules changes to make the sport more mainstream.

He also noted that 36 of the 44 states that have athletic commissions sanction it, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania and California.

Tobacco said it could generate $2 million annually.

"By legalizing mixed martial arts, the Legislature can give New York fans a chance to enjoy the sport live at venues like Madison Square Garden, and bring sorely needed revenue to the state," said Tobacco.

Democratic Gov. David Paterson favors the legalization.

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Ecko Unltd site profile image  

3/27/10 8:57 PM by Ecko Unltd

Join the fight

Monsters Ball site profile image  

3/27/10 8:47 PM by Monsters Ball

"Assembly Democrats oppose the idea, in part because they believe it is too violent."I don't understand this mindset. If two people want to fight each other that should be all that matters. What happened to freedom?

mr nemo site profile image  

3/27/10 7:06 PM by mr nemo

....then more people should smoke.

ThreadRuiner site profile image  

3/27/10 7:02 PM by ThreadRuiner

cigs kill

Fenix site profile image  

3/27/10 6:52 PM by Fenix

What an unfortunate last name.

mr nemo site profile image  

3/27/10 6:42 PM by mr nemo

...his last name is actually Tobacco? That is too cool.

caposa site profile image  

3/27/10 6:34 PM by caposa

 we thank you for your efforts Mr. Tobacco

decu68 site profile image  

3/27/10 6:27 PM by decu68

Misleading title; thought it was light race cars with tobacco companies sponsoring them. I would have been against that.

KTT_Minowa site profile image  

3/27/10 8:40 AM by KTT_Minowa

I think Mr Tobacco is a pretty cool guy. eh causes lung cancer and doesn't afraid of anything