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Golden Boy’s ESPN debut consisted of Teddy Atlas dumping on matchmaking & California commission

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Golden Boy debuted on ESPN and the theme of the show ended up being all about Teddy Atlas.

ESPN’s brutal weight cutting video package demonstrates the incompetence of the fight industry

Monday, March 20th, 2017

There is a full-blown crisis in combat sports over the issue of weight-cutting, especially in the field of Mixed Martial Arts. Fighters are sacrificing long-term damage to their internal organs. Taking away their money isn’t going to solve this problem.

California State Athletic Commission seeking permission to spend $200,000 more on athletic inspectors

Monday, March 13th, 2017

The California State Athletic Commission is seeking to get permission from the California Legislature to spend an extra $200,000 on athletic inspectors and inspector training.

Jumping from the California State Athletic Commission to running California’s most powerful agency

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Why do so many California politicians obsess over the machinations of the California State Athletic Commission? Because it’s a launching pad to gain future power in other state agencies.

If UFC Sacramento is a taste of things to come for the “new UFC”, fans should panic fast

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

The political and production stylings of the “new UFC” were on display at the Golden-1 Center in Sacramento and it was quite a striking difference from the Lorenzo Fertitta era.

New data shows that without Al Haymon & WWE’s cash, California’s athletic commission would be hurting bad

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

The California State Athletic Commission’s financials are shakier than they seem to be. Without cash from Al Haymon & WWE events, California would likely be in the red and hurting.

UFC’s three economic weapons for retaliation against Andy Foster for giving Conor McGregor a boxing license

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Andy Foster’s decision to give Conor McGregor a boxing license in California could spark a damaging political war with UFC.

Self-congratulatory California State Athletic Commission thinks they can win Canelo vs. GGG fight

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The California State Athletic Commission thinks they can get the Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin fight in Los Angeles and is in overdrive to kiss the ass of promoter Tom Loeffler.

California enacts new concussion law for kids under age 18 in boxing and martial arts

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Anyone under the age of 18 participating in a youth sports program in the state of California will now be subject to new concussion & head injury protocols requiring at least a seven day break from full return to sporting activities.

The dirty secret: Athletic commissions do not want the Ali Act amended for MMA

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

There are major political headwinds against amending the Ali Act to cover Mixed Martial Arts. The clock is ticking and the optimal time to make a change is during the lame duck session of Congress this November.

Embroiled in one anti-trust case, UFC finds itself lobbying California anti-trust defense bill

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The UFC is already involved in one anti-trust lawsuit and doesn’t want to see their business allies get hit with one, either. UFC is now stuck in a California political fight with nurses over a senate bill to protect the state’s immunity.

Los Angeles judge rules against California State Athletic Commission, AG over abuse of due process

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Bellator fighter Alexander Shlemenko and against the California State Athletic Commission for abuse of due process rights after increasing Shlemenko’s steroid suspension to 3 years.

California rejects enforcing Nevada’s suspension of fight promoter Roy Englebrecht

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Roy Englebrecht is continuing to do business as a fight promoter in California despite being suspended in the state of Nevada for perjury. And the California State Athletic Commission appears to be just OK with this arrangement.

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