When it rains it pours...in a good way...
We got some great coverage in the local NY media today with former Assemblyman Michael Benjamin's Op Ed in the NY Post. Benjamin spoke at our pro MMA rally last week as well. Everyone take a moment to read "Let Women Join the Fight". He reminds New Yorkers that MMA is not simply a man's endeavor, citing the many influences women have in and on the sport.
Also published today in The New Yorker was "Free Fighting: Protesting the Mixed Martial Arts Ban in New York" by Kelefa Sanneh. This piece covers our rally from last week as well. This is an important piece as it goes great lengths towards educating the average New Yorker about our concerns.
On the legislative front, the NYS Senate released its proposed 2012-2013 budget with includes the "regulating the sport of mixed martial arts and allowing such bouts to be held within the state" in the New Jobs New York plan.
Finally, all NY MMA supporters can breathe a sigh of relief today as our most vocal opponent, Assemblyman Bob Reilly, has officially announced that he will not run for re-election! While this is not a cure all for our NY MMA ills, it will be refreshing not to hear his misinformed arguments blasting all over the airwaves any longer.
Don't let the screen door hit you in the ass on the way out Bob.