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The most audacious Al Haymon court argument yet: the TV networks are the promoters, don’t look at me

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Al Haymon’s two legal defenses against Golden Boy’s anti-trust lawsuit boil down to this: I’m not a promoter (the TV networks are) and Golden Boy is the one engaging in restrictive activity by not letting their fighters sign with me.

Take Mark Hunt’s legal threats against UFC seriously but don’t fall for the racketeering ploy

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Mark Hunt has paid good money to hire San Diego attorney Christina Denning on retainer. Forget the big talk about possibly suing for racketeering and focus on the other causes of action instead.

A vulgar push of false hope for amending the Ali Act during a prospective Hillary presidency

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Those in the MMA industry who think that Hillary Clinton will be any more interested than Donald Trump in amending the Ali Act to cover MMA fighters simply aren’t following the money.

Nevada’s athletic commission demanded USADA & UFC provide its contract. So where is it?

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

Actual journalism gets actual results in MMA. Erik Magraken, attorney, discovered through a records request that USADA has not submitted a required third party drug testing contract with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

UFC’s impending declaratory judgment & anticipatory breach fight with Georges St. Pierre

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Georges St. Pierre said his contract with UFC has been terminated. UFC appears to be ready for the legal fight in Las Vegas. What’s at stake and what will the causes of actions be?

UFC’s Nate Diaz running into Nevada conflict of interest buzzsaw in punishment hearing

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Athletic commissions are a motley mix of business and politics. It is a breeding ground for conflicts of interest. The Nevada State Athletic Commission is no different and it’s forcing fighters like Nate Diaz to roll over.

Conor McGregor’s (empty) threat to not fight in Nevada exposes how vulnerable Athletic Commission is

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is about to find out the hard way what happens when big name fighters don’t want to fight in your state and what impact it has on your financial operations.

Cash grabbing trial taxes by Nevada athletic commission makes state dangerous for fighters

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Nevada is no longer a safe state for fighters to compete in given the hard-charging money grabbing tactics by the state’s Athletic Commission after losing state funding for its budget.

Are the Feds setting up Goldman Sachs for legal action over the UFC sale?

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Bloomberg reports that Federal Reserve regulators have sent Goldman Sachs a warning letter over representations the bank made to prospective buyers when pitching the UFC for sale. The consequences could be serious.

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.

Despite recent TV ratings, UFC’s overall success rips the scab off of uncomfortable truths for Fox

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Without the UFC, what justification is there for the existence of Fox Sports 1 as a cable sports channel?

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.

Heading for the exits: UFC fighters are “interchangeable” but what about management?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

UFC’s $4 billion dollar sale to Ari Emanuel means major changes are coming. Joe Rogan hinted he would leave in the future and now UFC matchmaker Joe Silva is reportedly out.

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