UnderGround Forums >> Health care provision could derail MMA in Conn.
|6/8/13 12:30 PM|
Member Since: 12/3/08
Earlier this week, MMA became legal in Connecticut, and all of Canada, leaving New York State as the last state in the USA to get the world's fastest growing sport.
However, a health care provision in the connecticut bill could derail MMA in the Constitution State.
|6/9/13 1:56 AM|
Member Since: 5/30/11
Fighters are independent contractors technically so I don't think having insurance outside of the fight should be any kind of issue. I would say insurance for the day of the fight and the day before (to cover the weight cut), with a clear upper cap on the amount of damages incurred. Vancouver imposed a $10,000,000 insurance requirement (as in insurance for up to $10,000,000 worth of medical costs if something horrific happened, not an insurance plan that cost $10 million). $100,000 worth of fighter coverage plus $1,000,000 worth of event insurance (for the audience) might be an acceptible compromise. The latter actually I believe costs only a few hundred dollars through the USAMMAF (IMMAF-recognized affiliate and non-profit organization). The former would cost around $7,500. This added cost, of course, would keep any smaller indy promotion out of the state, as well as many mid-sized ones. I can live with that though. Also, promotions like the UFC and Bellator (I think) already have far superior event insurance so they would be a non-issue no matter what.
I believe the Governor will probably sign the bill because someone in his position needs to pick and choose his veto battles and MMA just aint worth it.
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