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Oklahoma to ban all combat sports

r.prince18r.prince18 Posts: 1,353 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 2012 in Off The Turn Buckle
PRO WRESTLING AND ALL OTHER COMBAT SPORTS BANNED IN OKLAHOMA AT END OF THE MONTH
by Mike Johnson @ 10:44 AM on 3/14/2012

This is enough to make Danny Hodge cry.
The Oklahoma State Athletic Commission sent out letters last week to promoter announcing that they will not be accepting applications for pro wrestling, MMA and boxing events to be held in the State beyond 3/31, effectively banning the events from legally taking place in the State.

The letter noted that the Commission is being "threatened" by an "Out of State threat that could greatly affect the Commission's ability to provide for public safety and for the health and safety of the athletes" competing in the State.

The State currently taxes PPV buys made by Oklahoma residents 4%, no matter where the events are held. The flagship MMA company UFC has made it clear they intend to sue the Commission to stop the tax from continuing. The Commission is claiming that without the tax, they cannot maintain the overhead needed as an authority. The tax currently accounts for 2/3rds of their budget.

Until the threat of the lawsuit is resolved, the Commission has yanked all licenses, including for events already set and scheduled, as of 3/31.

WWE has a live Raw broadcast set for 10/1 in Oklahoma City. Tickets for that event are set to go on sale this summer.




damn i bet jim ross and jack swagger are pissed
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