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Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State

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To our lawmakers and those chosen to represent the citizens of New York State:

This petition is addressing Bill No. S1707A regarding the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State. As of January 10, 2012 there are only 6 states that still don't regulate MMA, with New York being one of them. MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, and New York State would be remiss in failing to join this important revenue generating opportunity that is already highly attended and highly viewed, with a massive fan base both in America as well as the rest of the world.

A study done at Johns Hopkins University recently found that MMA has a lower knockout rate than boxing, which may lead to MMA fighters being less likely to suffer from brain injury than boxers.

The New York State deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year was projected at $9 billion dollars, and legalizing MMA events would create significant revenue for the state. The UFC commissioned an economic study on the financial impact of a large scale MMA event in New York with the following findings:

A UFC event done in New York City would generate a net profit of $11.5 million dollars.

A UFC event done in Buffalo would generate a net profit of $5.2 million dollars.

Also, according to an independent economic impact study presented by assemblyman Dean Murray and MSG Sports President Scott O' Neil, just 2 MMA PPV events done in New York State per year could generate a $16 million dollar profit.

To my fellow New Yorkers: I'm writing this not just as a fan of the MMA and the UFC but as a concerned citizen of the state. I'm writing this because I know how much a $5 million dollar profit could help my hometown of Buffalo, generating revenue for area businesses as well as generating tax dollars for the state. By signing this petition, you're joining me in agreement that MMA should be legalized in New York State.

 Felix Swierski IV

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