ABE FROMAN -
ABE FROMAN -
bigtreechris - That would work if public interest is what's stopping mma regulation, but the public interest is already there, it's pure politics that's holding this up.
When I went to the Strikeforce event the line was around an entire New York block.
Getting the vote of the MMA fan is easy. Getting the vote of people who don't follow the sport is the trick.
I'm not entirely sure that's the case. If we had a tidal wave of fans in NYC I'm not sure it would make the difference. I think we've covered interest, money and viability. The UFC has been pumping NY with grease-palm money for a few years now.
It's just down to being stubborn now. The question is what can put pressure on Sheldon Silver and his cronies enough that there will be consequences? What can make the Unions back off?
Seems to me that an expose of some sort detailing this fiendish little accord to block everything UFC needs to go public. Perhaps somebody needs to make a video putting the faces to the facts and put it out there.
They've been able to hide in the shadows up to this point.
A big spotlight on the issue would dispel all shadows.
As a fan I would welcome any MMA show that comes here, I just can't shake the feeling that without knowing the background story nobody will follow up.
People have a way of mobilizing when they feel like somebody is getting away with something, but I'm not sure the simple fact that MMA is illegal here will make the difference.
Perhaps the story framed around the show would work. I would personally love to see 'THESE ARE THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE' so they can get enough hate mail that they become the targets. NY understands dirty politics, it causes people to move here.
I think any show has to be pointed squarely at the people preventing it, otherwise it becomes just like the Strikeforce event, lots of noise but no where to voice your complaint.