Lupardo on Legislation of Legalize MMA Bouts in New York State
5/14/2014 (Updated 10:45:42 PM)As we reported to you earlier, the New York State Senate has--for the fifth year in a row-- passed proposed legislation that would legalize mixed martial arts contest in New York State:
That would clear the way for national champion Jon Bones Jones, of Endicott, to fight in his home state-- and, according to supporters, would bring huge revenues to the state--because of the growing popularity of the sport.
But the assembly has rejected the legislation a number of times before.
We asked State Representative Donna Lupardo what she thought about the measure. She notes that amateur MMA bouts are already allowed in New York:
"My position has always been if every other state is getting economic development off of this activity, also by professionalizing it we can bring greater scrutiny to the amateur bouts that are already happening throughout New York State.
So professionalizing it isn't necessarily a bad thing if the activity is already happening at an amateur level," said Lupardo.
As in other years, the fate of the bill in the assembly this year, remains uncertain.
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