Since it’s that time of the year when the struggle to get the sport sanctioned in New York becomes a recurring news item, it makes sense to have a weekly update post. So here it is! This week, things are looking grim. Pretty damn grim.
• There are only a few days left in the State Assembly’s legislative session, and though anything can happen when it comes to politics, thanks to 35 Assembly Democrats and a letter to Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver coming out against the sanctioning of MMA, the situation appears bleak. Apparently, bills rarely get introduced to the floor for a vote if they don’t have enough party support to pass, and simple math has that 35 killing our hopes for another year.
• Here’s Mark LaMonica of Newsday reminding us that we’re running out of time. Thanks, Mark.
• Even Shaquille O’Neal thinks MMA should be sanctioned in New York.
• Here’s a nice, well-researched piece on MMA in New York by Columbia University j-school grad Dina Abdel-Haq. Anything that takes into account the underground scene here definitely has my attention.