Thursday, June 17, 2010

'NY State of Mind': bill passes state Senate, next stop--Assembly

The 'Big Apple." The city where dreams are born (and deferred). The capital of the world. The center of fast-living, big lights, and bad attitudes . . . What better place for mixed martial arts?

Well, the reality of MMA's presence in the 'Empire State' just turned a shade brighter as the New York Senate passed a bill to regulate the sport. The bill must next pass the state Assembly before it reaches the desk of Gov. David A. Paterson, who supports and has promised to sign the bill.

The expected arrival of mixed martial arts in New York has led many to imagine, "How will MMA be welcomed in New York, specifically New York City?"

Personally, my imagination has cooked up some flashy images of a New York City MMA event:
  • Jay-Z, P-Diddy, and Spike Lee trading their courtside Knicks/Nets seats for cageside UFC seats (assuming the UFC will hold New York's first 'big show').
  • A parade from Cental Park heading down Broadway to Macy's plaza.
  • A special "Welcoming MMA" ceremony at Rockefeller plaza.
  • Official UFC after party at the 40/40 with celebrity performances.
  • UFC Expo complete with vendors, autograph signings, seminars,  a world championship grappling tournament, and weigh-ins at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
. . . But such images will only remain dreams if this bill does not successfully pass in the state Assembly.

Let's keep our fingers crossed!

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