Today I got a comment on this blog (check out my “About” page) with a follow up e-mail, requesting a guest post slot on Still Racing In The Street. The person works for a firm that sells equipment for mixed martial arts and they are part of an effort to convince the NY State legislature to legalize the sport in our state.
1) This is either the most desperate lobbying group I’ve ever come across or the most thorough. They are leaving no stone unturned in their campaign, soliciting blogs like mine in order to reach my 10-15 regular readers. I guess through tagging and links they could reach a couple hundred more (maybe.)
2) They reached out to me because my blog “hosts some political news and related information.” Yeah, amongst the Springsteen reviews, community organizing tidbits and pictures of my doggies and garden! I very rarely write about state politics–Albany is a fetid swamp where good people and ideas go to be corrupted.
3) Mixed martial arts? Have you ever watched this crap on TV? Dudes pounding on each other in a cage match. For me, the most dominant image of MMA is when both fighters drop to the canvas. They wrap their legs around each other and hammer each other in the head. It’s a mix between sexual intercourse and a bar fight. (ick!)
4) As with everything else in NY State, it comes down to $. MMA is a big business and that business now flows to NJ and Connecticut. many folks want a slice of what could be a lucrative NY market–and are willing to spread their largesse around to cash-strapped localities.
5) MMA combatants are not even as remotely skilled as professional boxers, but MMA appeals to more people. It appeals to the attention-deficit disordered crowd, the crowd that can’t abide any lapse in slugging.
6) The only issue is the health and safety requirements for MMA fighters. If the MMA can show the same sort of oversight that boxers currently have and agree to state licensing like boxers, the state should vote for legalization. Bread and circuses. Besides, how much further can the state raise tobacco taxes without seeing an actual downturn in revenue?