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Marc Ratner Says MMA Will Not Be Made Legal In New York In 2014
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.09.2014

In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner said he doesn't expect an MMA legalization bill to pass in New York this year. Here are highlights:

On the status of the bill: "It's never made it to the floor; I would say it will not make it to the floor again (this year). I'm always cautiously optimistic. But right now, I feel like the handwriting is in big block letters on the wall and we're not going to get it done this year."

On his frustration over the failure to legalize MMA in New York: "I say not only is this un-American, this whole situation, (but) it circumvents the democratic process. All we're saying is give us a vote. If we lose, then we need more education. But to never get a vote and have the votes is very frustrating. I've been to (New York state capital) Albany 20 times throughout the past five years, and it's just wrong. One of my biggest analogies would be, give us a turn at bat, and if we strike out, then it's on us. But to never, never get a chance and have the leadership of the Democratic assembly look around the room and say, ‘Not enough interest this year, let's talk about medical marijuana,' that's all we get. It never comes to a vote."

On how needing 76 Democratic Assembly members to pass: "We have 60 sponsors. You would think that's pretty good; we just need another 15, 16 votes. But the powers that be have not let us be on there. It's really wrong, and I'm frustrated. Mixed martial arts is a very small thing when you really look overall in the state of New York, (which is) billions of dollars in debt. We would bring in money, no doubt about it. But they have other things this happens to. Maybe this happens more around the country. I don't know why they'd be afraid to bring it to the floor. But there's some underlying reason, and so far, we've never been there."


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