If you don’t think getting MMA is a serious concern, you must be living under a rock. Zuffa, LLC hired Brown, McMahon & Weinraub in November of 2007 and pays them $10,000 a month to help them lobby for the sanctioning of MMA in New York.
It was all but a done deal when UFC President Dana White was set to make a special announcement back in June, but lawmaker Bob Reilly spoke on his disapproval of the sport and the committee that voted on the bill had agreed.
There’s no secret that there’s a lot of money to be made in New York if MMA could be sanctioned and oversought by the New York State Athletic Commission. The only issue at hand is there are still people within the committee who feel that the sport is far too violent.
Meanwhile, Zuffa, LLC continues to lobby within the state and make donations to the Republican and Democratic parties to help their cause. It also doesn’t hurt having former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission Marc Ratner as the UFC Vice President of regulatory and governmental affairs.
We’ll see what happens next year.