Oklahoma State Athletic Commission Halts Combat Sports

| March 9, 2012 | 1:16 pm | 12 Replies

As MMA is nearly legal in every state, one state is halting all combat sports from being approved within the state. Effective right now the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission has halted approving event permits for all combative sports (MMA, Boxing, etc.) the Commission regulates for events after March 31st, this according to the Director of Oklahoma State Athletic Commission, Joe Miller who talked with MMAValor regarding the matter.

It should be noted that there is one boxing event scheduled for April 7th 2012 but that was approved only because they requested and were approved prior to the issues that have arisen.

Those issues are money, or better yet the lack thereof. But there is a little more to this story than the Commission not having any money. The UFC has threatened the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission with legal action against the states Pay-per-view law, which has been in effect since 2004. The law means the promoter most pay the Commission based off receipts from their PPV, which according to Miller is approx. $80k per year from the UFC.

Without this tax the commission would no longer have the funds to operate. In an email to MMAValor, Miller laid it out thus:

“It takes approximately $360K for the Commission to provide regulation for the approximately 275 events per year we regulate.  The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission does not receive any state funding.  We are funded solely from license fees, assessment on live events, and an assessment on pay-per-view events.  We receive approximately $137K per year through license fees and assessments on live events.  Receipts from Pay-per-view are approximately $240K per year.  About $80K per year comes from UFC PPV.  The UFC has threatened a law suit against our PPV law unless our legislature repeals our PPV law during this legislative session.  The Commission loses either way.  OK has been collecting on PPV since 2004 and this is the first time the issue has been brought to light.  For the Oklahoma Commission to survive and for Combat Sports to continue in Oklahoma it will be up to the Oklahoma legislature to come up with a solution to the funding shortfall.  You can do the math.”

What do you guys think?

The Commission sent a letter out to local promoters, below is a copy:

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  1. Rush-fit says:

    That is a shame

  2. It really is and it doesn’t look like its going to change either.

  3. getiton says:

    It dosnt matter if theres a commission, events will still go on because they are not illegal there just a commission to rape the promoters of all the money. Its Really a good thing. thats how it should be in every state no commissions, I dont blame the UFC I’d Sue them too, the abc and state commissions already take thousands out of promoters why should they get more hows that even fare.

  4. getiton says:

    Events can still be done they will just go on records as nsf, they commissions saying its a freeze only because they have no power now and want to make the people think they have to go to tribal land now only so the abc still makes all the money its all political, this meeans open game for the state of oklahoma promoters can actually make money now.

  5. Jimmy Compton says:

    You can still see MMA at the tribal casino’s, the State does not have a compact with the tribal casino’s and the Okla Boxing Commission have put the Chickasaw Tribe on the commission board thinking they will have an impact with or on the “uncivilized tribes”. I hope the tribes keep their sovereignty and do not fall to the State of Oklahoma.

  6. Paul says:

    …How did wrestling get caught up in this? It’s a TV show, not a sport. You’d might as well ban Jeopardy from ever taping there.

  7. It will not change anything for wrestling at the scholastic level (I believe), just combat sports that must be approved by the commission. As someone wrote previously though there can still be events held at Indian reservations.

  8. Paul says:

    Sorry, I mean’t pro-wrestling; the source letter specifically mentions it. Pro-wrestling is definitely not a sport; there’s no competition.

  9. Oh I gotcha man, was confused.

  10. Paul says:

    It’s cool! I forgot to specify.

  11. Samantha says:

    This is Bull!!!!

  12. brock landers says:

    to paul: how dare u say that pro wrestling is not a sport.are u aware that there are baseball,football,basket all etc players that cant do what we do in that ring.i do believe that brock lesnar said once in an interview that pro wrestling is 100 times harder then mma. so dont critisize my profession if u dont know what we go through everytime we step through those ropes

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