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Does New York State have dollar signs in its eyes over the UFC?
Posted on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm
by IDMA Editor

With the nationwide economy in such poor condition, states everywhere are looking to find a few dollars where they can. New York however doesn’t apparently need the cash, as they’ve continued to not allow mixed martial arts (and the subsequent revenue stream) within their state, despite the bloodsport being sanctioned in 44 others. How much cash are we talking about? Well, $23 million if you believe the UFC.

That’s a lot of scratch.

With new Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo preparing to take office, the UFC has come up with a new proposal to show the elected officials of Empire State what they’re missing out on by not sanctioning the league for competition– lots and lots of loot.

The study said the fights would draw 145,000 fans, generate $12.9 million in ticket sales and create 212 new jobs.

If accurate, those numbers aren’t anything to sneeze at, and it seems a little curious for New York to keep a principled stand against mixed martial arts now that the sport has reached such widespread levels of acceptance. The horse is sort out of the gate at this point (the UFC isn’t going anywhere), and it would probably be best to allow professional MMA fights, sanction them closely, and profit off the deprived local fanbase’s hunger for the action (a business model as old as time itself). Besides, boxing is just as dangerous and has an illustrious New York history which goes back over a century– let’s not be afraid to embrace change in the 21st century.

What do you think? Should New York let MMA in? Or is the sport tantamount to human cockfighting, and should remain rightfully forbidden? Let us know in the comments.

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