New York moves one step closer to legalizing MMA
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Although one particularly pesky state assemblyman by the name of Bob Reilly has made big efforts to keep MMA from being sanctioned in the state of New York, the sport has a new ally. Governor David Paterson included MMA sanctioning in a new budget that he proposed earlier today.
Like many states, New York is dealing with a budget deficit. Understandably, Paterson doesn't understand why his state is passing on the growing revenues generated by the fastest growing sport in America. “Currently, 40 States safely regulate the sport of mixed martial arts and enjoy local and statewide economic benefits associated with the conduct of mixed martial arts events,” reads a summary from Paterson’s office of his revenue proposals. “While New York’s ban on professional combative sports would be removed, conduct of the sport would be carefully regulated.”
New York's budget process has to be completed by April 1st, so if MMA can keep it's place in the final package, New Yorkers could get their fight fix much sooner than expected. Assuming that it could take up to six months for the state's athletic commission to get ready to sanction events, there's still a chance that it could happen this calendar year.
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