Informed Consent – What Combat Sports Promotions Can Learn From the NHL Concussion Lawsuit

On the heels of the NFL $765 Million Concussion lawsuit settlement comes a proposed class action filed by 10 former NHL players. This high profile lawsuit seeks damages based on allegations that the NHL fraudulently concealed or otherwise kept relevant data about concussive risks from its players and further that the league failed to take … More Informed Consent – What Combat Sports Promotions Can Learn From the NHL Concussion Lawsuit

PEI Kickboxing Event Shutdown Demonstrates The Realities in the Post Bill S-209 World

I thought that Weyburn Saskatchewan would be the first to teach us what happens when an unsanctioned combat sport is hosted in a post Bill S-209 world but the matter is apparently still “under investigation”.  Moving East, Charlottetown PEI has just demonstrated the modern reality of what occurs when a combat sports event is planned … More PEI Kickboxing Event Shutdown Demonstrates The Realities in the Post Bill S-209 World

MMA Scoring Contraversies; Sometimes the Solution is Right Before Your Eyes

If you spend any time discussing the result of GSP’s title defense at UFC  167 there is no shortage of controversy among fans.  Some believe GSP fairly won three rounds, others say no way, others yet say if GSP won three rounds the two he lost far outweighed those.   From there many are quick … More MMA Scoring Contraversies; Sometimes the Solution is Right Before Your Eyes

The Three Biggest Legal Threats to Mixed Martial Arts

MMA has come a long way in the past 20 years and the biggest promotion in the sport has ambitious plans for continued global growth. Few things can derail ambitious plans faster, however, than foreseeable tragedy and the aftermath of subsequent litigation.  With this in mind there are three potential areas worth canvassing that have … More The Three Biggest Legal Threats to Mixed Martial Arts

Combat Sports Safety Literature Update

In my ongoing efforts to highlight relevant safety studies addressing combat sports,  the following articles are worth reviewing for those interested in this subject: Effects of taekwondo kicks on head accelerations and injury potential Knowledge about sports-related concussion: is the message getting through to coaches and trainers? Dehydration and Performance on Clinical Concussion Measures in … More Combat Sports Safety Literature Update

Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth Can Lead to Undisputed Legal Consequences

(image via Brian Birzer via Wikimedia) In his recently published biography, The Undisputed Truth, Mike Tyson made several revelations including admitting to being on cocaine during some of his bouts and using extreme measures to pass the drug tests. Candid truth is refreshing, however, with truth comes consequences. Most State and Provincial athletic commissions have … More Mike Tyson’s Undisputed Truth Can Lead to Undisputed Legal Consequences

Saskatchewan Athletics Commission Act Passes First Reading

Earlier this year the Government of Saskatchewan legalized amateur MMA and other combat sports and announced plans to create a Provincial Athletic Commission to address professional combat sports.  The first legislative step to make this a reality has now taken place. The Government introduced Bill 108 “An Act Respecting the Athletics Commission and Professional Contests … More Saskatchewan Athletics Commission Act Passes First Reading