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Help Us Stop Restrictions for MMA Fans!
Boston City Council president Stephen Murphy wants to ban underage fans from attending mixed-martial fights. Under his proposed resolution no one under the age of 18 would be admitted to a mixed-martial arts event at the Garden— even with adult supervision.

UFC Wants To Express Itself In New York
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sport’s largest promoter, is suing to overturn New York’s ban on live bouts, saying the 1997 law runs roughshod over its freedom of expression, a novel argument that likens MMA to live ballet, music or theater.

Ultimate Fighting Dips a Toe Into the Mainstream
There were forceful critics of these spectacles, people who thought a no-holds-barred fight was a shameful about-face in the march of civilization. Eight years into its existence, the U.F.C. seemed caught in a chokehold on its revenue windpipe, with many cities and states prohibiting the fights and cable companies dropping the bouts from pay-per-view telecasts.

UFC Sues New York: Fighters Have First Amendment Right to Mixed Martial Arts
As we reported last week, New York is one of the few states where the sport of mixed martial arts is still illegal. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, MMA’s biggest league, has lobbied for years to get this changed so they could hold lucrative live events at venues like Madison Square Garden.

Forbes: Ultimate Cash Machines
It's the Ultimate Money Machine. That night before the Super Bowl 10,700 fans packed the arena, paying an average of $340 for a ticket to witness nine mixed martial arts fights. Another 500,000 fans paid $45 ($55 for high definition) to watch five of the nine fights at home. The total haul from the event: $25 million.

Sports Illustrated: The rising interest in mixed martial arts is tied to Ultimate Fighting
Saturday night was all right for fighting. But the pageantry for the 69th card in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's tough-and-rumble existence began much earlier that week. Long before the fighters unhinged the latch of the steel Octagon on April 7 and fought on a card titled UFC 69: Shootout, thousands of fans had converged on Houston, tribalists on a pilgrimage. The prefight weigh-ins drew massive crowds. The line for the fighters' autograph show wreathed the girth of the Toyota Center, the venue for UFC 69. The downtown bars and restaurants were overrun by fight fans.

Assemblyman Hevesi: Time For MMA To Be Legal In New York State
A debate on this issue is necessary and should happen immediately. Considering that the State Senate has already passed this legislation, I respectfully call upon the leadership in my house, the Assembly, to bring the bill legalizing MMA in New York to our Democratic conference and then to the floor of the Assembly for a vote. June 15, 2011

NY Daily News: N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick
If you've paid any attention to mixed martial arts over the past decade, you know the sport has exploded. It has the highest pay-per-view numbers of any sporting event, is broadcast on numerous cable, satellite and network television stations, enjoys mainstream sponsorships and has a large and diverse fan base. It is sanctioned in 45 of 48 U.S. states that have athletic commissions and across Canada and Australia. June 13, 2011

Newsday: MMA passes tourism committee vote in NY assembly
June 8, 2011

NY Post: Let 'em fight
In particular, the Assembly should follow the Senate's lead -- and overturn the ban forthwith. New York needs to be more creative in attracting new industries -- and the added jobs and tax revenue that comes with them. Legalizing ultimate fighting looks like a no-lose proposition. May 28, 2011

Albany Times Union: Addressing concerns of Senator Liz Krueger and others who oppose the legalization of MMA
On Monday the New York State Senate passed a bill to legalize Mixed Martial Arts, but it was not without its critics. One of them was Senator Liz Krueger of New York County. She was the only one who actually spoke during debate in opposition of the bill, and as such I’ve decided to take some of her concerns and discuss them. May 25, 2011

Huffington Post: Mixed Martial Arts In New York: Still Fighting For The Right
Recent media coverage of mixed martial arts has been uncharacteristically positive. So far in 2011, the sport, once referred to as human cockfighting, is credited for stopping an alleged mass murderer on the New York City subway and a robbery suspect in New Jersey. May 23, 2011

Las Vegas Review-Journal: Culinary challenging UFC to rile Fertittas
The union, through the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, has squared off with Zuffa LLC, the Las Vegas-based owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship, a multibillion-dollar-a-year business. May 22, 2011

MMA Fighting: Union Memo Reveals Its Arguments Against MMA In New York
"It has nothing to do with mixed martial arts the reason that we're not in New York," White said. "It has to do with the Culinary Union. The Culinary Union is spending millions of dollars of all these people who pay dues to keep us out of there because my partners, the Fertitta brothers, are the largest non-union gaming company in the country. So these union idiots, all these people work in the Culinary Union, pay their money towards dues, this is what all their money's being spent towards. Fighting the UFC from coming there and bringing money into the state of New York." May 11, 2011

NYU News: High time for MMA in New York
As opinion editor, I often undertake the grim duty of siphoning through all of the unfortunate events going on in our world. I read about Libya and Japan and scores of other struggles and tragedies, but what often hits the hardest is the fight over the New York state budget and the continual discussion of what stays and what goes. Though I'm not originally from Manhattan, nor am I any sort of fiscal expert, it hurts to see that the state has to make education cuts year after year. I've spent time volunteering in New York City public schools, where I've witnessed firsthand just how important education funding is in hiring motivated teachers and enhancing the futures of our city's youth. April 24, 2011


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