This week the Nevada Athletic Commission published a “Public Notice of Workshop To Solicit Comments on Proposed Regulations and Workshop Agenda” seeking public feedback on a host of potential regulatory changes.
Among the proposed changes is a new regulation clarifying that if a promoter fails to provide required medical coverage the regulator has the power to “order the promoter to reimburse or pay the unarmed combatant for the cost of any medical treatment for injuries sustained during the contest or exhibition up to the amount that would have been covered had the promoter complied with the insurance requirements“.
Basically buy insurance or become personally on the hook for the fighters injuries up to the required insurance policy limits. Hard to see how anyone other than deadbeat promoters could be against such a common sense requirement.
The proposed regulation would be added to NAC 467.149 which calls for at least $50,000 of insurance coverage. The section presently reads as follows:
NAC 467.149 Insurance coverage. (NRS 467.030, 467.125)
1. The promoter of a contest or exhibition shall provide primary insurance coverage in the amount of $50,000 or more for each licensed contestant to provide medical, surgical and hospital care for licensed contestants who are injured while engaged in a contest or exhibition.
2. The terms of the insurance coverage must not require the contestant to pay a deductible for the medical, surgical or hospital care for injuries he or she sustains while engaged in a contest or exhibition.
3. If a licensed contestant pays for the medical, surgical or hospital care, the insurance proceeds must be paid to the contestant or the contestant’s beneficiaries as reimbursement for the payment.
4. A person who promotes an amateur contest or exhibition shall provide primary insurance coverage in the amount of $25,000 or more for each unarmed combatant who is not a licensed contestant to provide medical, surgical and hospital care for unarmed combatants who are injured while engaged in an amateur contest or exhibition.
5. A promoter or a person who promotes an amateur contest or exhibition shall provide excess insurance coverage under the terms set forth in this section if:
(a) He or she provides written proof that primary insurance coverage is not available for purposes of this section; and
(b) He or she provides such proof to the Commission at least 15 days prior to the contest or exhibition.