The time is now to legalize professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in NY. I am a cosponsor of S.2755, which passed the State Senate on March 6th with bipartisan support, 47 to 14.
The sport has the fastest growing fan base of any sport in the world. In America, 47 states allow professional MMA matches including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California and Florida. The most notable of the professional MMA leagues, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is also the most heavily regulated.
A 2008 study reported that a UFC event in New York City would generate $11.5 million in new net economic activity: $5.3 million in direct event spending, $1.4 million in non-lodging visitor spending, and $4.9 million in indirect/induced benefits. UFC events would produce substantial employee compensation: UFC events require over 300 staff working the event, equivalent to the creation of 88 full-time local jobs per event. The 2008 study found that a UFC event in Buffalo would generate $1.7 million in direct event spending, $1.4 million in visitor spending, $2.1 million in indirect/induced benefits.
Sign this petition today to tell Assembly Speaker Silver to “Pass MMA Now”!