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#SubCMT to Hold Hearing on Mixed Martial Arts NEXT WEEK


Subcommittee to Examine the Economic Potential of the Billion Dollar Industry

The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, December 8, at 10 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Mixed Martial Arts: Issues and Perspectives.”

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing and rapidly evolving sports in the world. As this sport continues to increase in its popularity here at home, this hearing will provide members with an opportunity to learn about the industry including its potential growth; the state-level rules and regulations guiding the industry; the complex interrelationships between fighters, promoters, regulators, and sponsors; and health and safety protections for fans and fighters. The committee will hear from a variety of stakeholders representing different perspectives from this industry.

“Over the last several decades, we’ve seen mixed martial arts transform into a mainstream sport with a devoted fan base and enormous growth in corporate sponsorships, merchandise, and marketing of athletes and events,” said Burgess. “Next week’s hearing will provide an opportunity to examine the sport and discuss the policy issues it raises as well.”

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

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