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A note on the Pennsylvania athletic commission…

By Zach Arnold | February 23, 2009

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With the news that Pennsylvania has now passed legislation to regulate Mixed Martial Arts, let us take a look at who exactly is running the show in the state.

The main boss of the athletic commission is a man named Greg Sirb. Sirb is a well-known name in boxing circles and the (public) reaction to him is all over the place (good, bad, ugly).

In terms of media articles on Greg Sirb, investigative writer Charles Jay has a series of articles on Sirb and the ABC in boxing. The articles from CJ take some time to read, but lay out a pretty negative attack against Sirb.

Inside Boxing has an article detailing the role of the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) in relation to safety in professional boxing. Here is a transcript of when Sirb appeared on ESPN’s Outside the Lines several years ago to talk about Greg Page.

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3 Responses to “A note on the Pennsylvania athletic commission…”

  1. Chuck says:

    I have heard about the PA State athletic commission legalizing MMA sometime ago, and I am psyched! I think Scranton, Pa (where I live) at the former CYC (Catholic Youth Center) would be a great place. ESPN2 had a few Friday Night Fight specials there with very big crowds. And WWE used to have house shows there up to 1999. It would be a fantastic place to have MMA shows.

  2. Chuck – I’m right outside Allentown. They are planning on a multi-purpose arena in the area in hopes of grabbing the Philly Phantoms which would also be great for MMA. Even if I have to drive to Philly or Scranton, its better than anything else right now. Shoot me an e-mail if you want to meet up for future events!

  3. Chuck says:

    Nice! I definitely look forward to MMA events in Scranton. Allentown isn’t bad (it’s only a little over an hour away from Scranton), so maybe I will see you at some events man.

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