Ontario seeks to double cost of fight regulation

source: cbc.ca

CBC News has learned the McGuinty government wants to more than double the share the province is paid from professional prizefights.

The government currently gets two per cent of the gross receipts from ticket sales for prizefights, like boxing or kickboxing.

But now that the province is moving to add mixed martial arts to the list of legalized sports, the government also wants a bigger take of all professional prizefights — more than doubling the share to five per cent.

Conservative critic Lisa MacLeod said the move is nothing but a cash grab.

"Dalton McGuinty is only allowing mixed martial arts in Ontario for one reason and one reason only — he knows he can make money off it," she said.

"I think this is why we've seen this very cynical move of Mr. McGuinty wanting more money from other regulated sports as well as mixed martial arts."

MacLeod accused McGuinty of viewing mixed martial arts as a "cash cow" for the provincial government.

"It's just unfortunate that he looks at everything through the lens of a piggybank," she said.

However, the provincial government argues the current two per cent take from ticket sales does not cover the costs of regulating professional fights, and raising it to five per cent would bring it in line with other jurisdictions.

"Well, we're talking about a more complex undertaking here which requires significant oversight," McGuinty said.

"There are additional measures that you have to take given the nature of the sport, they tell me, so there are more costs for government and I understand it's in keeping with the Canadian norm."

Events on the mixed martial arts circuit known as the Ultimate Fighting Championship typically gross about $2 million each.

If the province raises its take to five per cent, the government's share would be an estimated $100,000.

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KidBaize site profile image  

9/14/10 7:48 PM by KidBaize

Just par for the course with these parasitic goons. Keep skimming from private ventures we VTFU voluntarily to pad provincial budgets with BS services nobody wants.This clueless govt has got to go.

smoogy site profile image  

9/14/10 7:20 PM by smoogy

 Total non-story, two percent is very low and their proposed hike puts them right around the norm.

guardbr8kr site profile image  

9/14/10 7:08 PM by guardbr8kr

"in all seriousness though, these guys are worse than the mob "also correct

qp222 site profile image  

9/14/10 7:06 PM by qp222

lmfao at the goverment idiots believing they've found some kind of cash cow2 million per event on average??? lol where they get their figuresin all seriousness though, these guys are worse than the mob

guardbr8kr site profile image  

9/14/10 7:02 PM by guardbr8kr

Dougie is correct and awesome!

Dougie site profile image  

9/14/10 6:59 PM by Dougie

 It was the only way that MMA would get legalized in the first place. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

ticktick site profile image  

9/14/10 6:57 PM by ticktick

I don't agree with it, I can see why they would do this. Ontario has a population of over 13 million people. The sports fans have the Leafs, Sabres, Red Wings, Senators, Raptors, Pistons, Lions, Bills, Blue Jays, the Argo's, the Ti-cats and the Tigers. No other state or province has that many teams to support. Also they buy the most PPV's. In terms of trends, Alberta already has close to 10 established MMA, I can see this happening in Ontario as well.

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9/14/10 6:48 PM by Dougie