Tuesday, March 15, 2011

UPDATE: NYC Councilman Joel Rivera supports MMA in New York

I am very please to announce that NYC Councilman Joel Rivera (D, 15th District, Majority Leader) has been in communication with the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York, has voiced his support and thrown his hat into the battle for legal MMA in New York.  I have had the pleasure of beginning discussions with Councilman Rivera's office regarding how we can collaborate to help get mixed martial arts legalized this year. Some very interesting projects are in the works. Keep your eyes open folks!

In addition, Councilman Rivera spoke at the UFC press conference at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday, March 16th at 12:30PM.

While on the surface legalizing mixed martial arts may seem to be out of the scope of New York City governement, the reality is that leaglizing our professional sport is critically dependent on support of ALL our elected officials accross the state, both local and otherwise.

On behalf of all New Yorkers, the Coalition would like to thank Councilman Rivera for reaching out to us and lending his support to the fight for legal MMA in New York!

UPDATED: 3/19/2011

Today I was very pleased to meet Councilman Rivera and his Director of Public Affairs, Christine Capetillo at the Radio City Hall press conference. We began discussing some great joint ventures! To learn more about Councilman Rivera and his views on MMA, read:

In 2010 Rivera was co-sponsor (along with Councilman Jumaane D. Williams) of a resultion in the NYC council that calls upon the New York State Legislature to pass Assembly legislation which would legalize Mixed Martial Arts in the State of New York:  Resolution 0318-2010 

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