Earlier this year when Federal Judge Kimba Wood dismissed a UFC lawsuit against New York alleging the State’s professional MMA ban was unconstitutional the Court noted that the Plaintiff’s did not have standing to sue. The Court did suggest, however, that the law may not withstand scrutiny if the UFC could establish damages and invited … More MMA in New York in 2016? Dissecting the UFC’s Latest Lawsuit
Update June 10, 2015 – Jim Genia has tweeted the following update announcing that the Senate has accepted the revamped Bill leaving it in the hands of the NY State Assembly – ___________________________________________ As the New York State Assembly struggles to gather the needed votes to pass proposed legislation to legalize professional MMA, the Bill … More New York Overhauls MMA Bill as Deadline Looms
Zuffa has been fighting two battles in New York for the past several years hoping the State would reverse their ban on professional MMA. The first being a lawsuit alleging the ban is unconstitutional. The second being lobbying efforts to overturn the ban. While the lobbying efforts appear to finally be paying off, the court … More Federal Court Dismisses UFC Lawsuit Alleging New York MMA Ban Unconstitutional
Update June 9, 2015 – the Bill has been drastically overhauled from its original form addressing many of the below concerns. You can click here for details. ________________________________________ A lot of positive headlines are circulating in the Mixed Martial Arts community celebrating the likely imminent legalization of professional MMA in the State of New York. … More New York MMA Bill Will Regulate All “Gyms, Clubs and Training Camps”
Update January 22, 2015 – Silver has now indeed been arrested and charged in an alleged corruption and bribery scheme. The full criminal complaint can be found here: Sheldon Silver Criminal Complaint —————————————————- As Yahoo Sports writer Kevin Iole speculated in 2013, Legal MMA in New York is not likely “until assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s gone“. In … More Legal MMA In New York One Step Closer to Reality?
I’ve now had a chance to review the recent judicial decision addressing Zuffa’s challenge to New York’s Combative Sports Ban (Zuffa et al v. New York). While it is true that New York was successful in dismissing most of Zuffa’s arguments, they failed to strike a key aspect of the lawsuit; the allegation that the … More New York’s Flip Flopping Allows Zuffa MMA Lawsuit to Continue