Trevor Dueck from MMASucka has published an extensive piece on the formation of a new Athletic Commission in British Columbia, excerpted below.
It appears the B.C. Athletic Commission is starting to take shape and will be open for business as of May 30, 2013.
Although the other details are foggy for the moment, Battlefield Fight League President Jay Golshani was able to inform Sucka about some tidbits surrounding this new Commission.
If any promoter plans on doing a show after June 1st, they have to apply through this new Commissioner. I have been told it will take forty-five-days for an application to be reviewed and for them to do their due diligence like check criminal records and stuff. So if any promoter is saying they are coming to Vancouver with a pro show in June or July that is a lie. I don’t see anybody doing any professional shows in Vancouver or other parts of B.C. until late August, early September. I also know that promoters will have to drop down a $25,000 bond just to put on a show. They don’t want to make it as expensive as Ontario with all their outrageous fees, because a lot of promoters over there went out of business, that said, it will still be expensive, so anyone coming over here will have to be prepared to put up the money.
Another promoter in British Columbia is Darren Owen of Aggression Fighting Championships, who says he knows who the new Commissioner is, but according to him has been told not to reveal the mystery man’s identity.
Although MMA Sucka is not big on reporting rumours, there is one floating around that this new Commissioner will have no experience in the fight game, and will be over seeing professional combat sports in the Province through advisors from the boxing and MMA community.
If I had to guess the Commissioner is someone from municipal or provincial Government.
There are currently at least nine local athletic commissions throughout the province. When the Provincial Athletic Commission is established, the local commissions will no longer operate, as the provincial government will assume responsibility for professional combat sport events across B.C.
If local governments do not want such contests to take place in their communities, they would be able to prohibit these events by passing a bylaw.
MMA Sucka will update this story as more information is released.
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