Today in New York City at one of the most famous arena’s in all of sports, a brief press conference was held to once again reiterate the UFC’s intention of bringing an event to the city.
“Fans in New York have to travel to outside states. When they do that, they’re spending tourism dollars that impact those local economies; we have cities bidding for our event. This sport is now global. It’s time to hold events in New York.” Said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
A study conducted by HR&A Advisors was introduced to show the economic impact in the state should/once the law is overturned. Although the promotion seems to have many supporters which include newly appointed Republican Assemblyman Dean Murray, as well as 100% of males in the 18-34 yr old demographic, as per company president Dana White.
The main hurdle however, still remains Assemblyman Bob Reilly who has never been a supporter to say the least. “I think that this basically is a glorification of violence, but it certainly promotes violence.” said Reilly back in a 2009 interview with MMA Weekly.
Scott O’Neil, Madison Square Garden Sports President is an obvious supporter of both, the UFC co-owners and of the sport itself as he told a story of his first live UFC event in Newark last year, an event he attended with his nephew and even had a chance to meet UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. He couldn’t have been more excited at the prospect of having a UFC event at the Garden.
White for his part seems optimistic about the future of MMA in the state of New York.
“I’m a little baffled but not frustrated, it’s an education process, we’ve got a good team here in New York, and I feel like we’re going to get this thing done… I think we’re right there.”
Assemblyman Murray had this to say about the possibility of having MMA sanctioned this year. “I’ve actually contacted the Governor’s office (Andrew Cuomo) and asked him to include this in the Governor’s budget this year. So we’re going to wait and see if it is included in the budget. If it’s not, I’m hoping that we’ll bring it to the floor for a vote, if it’s in the budget, it has a much better shot of staying in the budget.”
Will we finally get to see MMA events in the state of NY in 2011? That’s anybody’s guess. One thing is for sure, Dana White and co. will not stop until it happens, it’s just a matter of time.
If you would like to make your opinion be known with someone that actually has a say in this, feel free to contact Assemblyman Bob Reilly at email@example.com