Bob Reilly's been re-elected.
Even though Bob Reilly, the New York Assemblyman who's helped to prevent NY from regulating MMA, fought against new legislation, and basically done what he can to make MMA a misdemeanor in NY is expected to beat Republican Jennifer Whalen in New York's 109th District by fewer than 1,000 votes to be re-elected—I think the end of 2010 will see movement towards the sanctioning and regulation of MMA in NY.
Why? Primarily because there’s a change in the air—and not as many people are following Reilly as they once did. Take, for example, Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, the New York Secretary of State. In this article, she discusses the pros and cons of legalizing MMA in New York with foresight and clear thinking.
One of her boldest statements speaks to the issues we have all been asking Reilly; that is, if MMA is so bad and it won’t help the NY economy, then why have 45 (now) plus states already approved the sport?
Per Ms. Cortes-Vasquez: “I believe this is a reasoned middle ground between retaining the ban on MMA and other "combative sports"—which is economically detrimental to us but beneficial to Connecticut, New Jersey and the other 40 states that have already legalized them—and abandoning that ban. That would open the door to unregulated fights that flout the existence of athletic commissions and the health and safety rules they enforce.”
Try as he might – Reilly is losing ground on this one, and we’re going to start to see some real headway before the year is out.