Update: New Bill to Allow Tennessee to Regulate Boxing, MMA Until June 2016

By Tristen Critchfield Feb 3, 2015
Photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com

Just a couple weeks ago, the Tennessee Athletic Commission was on life support, and its expected dissolution on June 30 would have ended boxing and mixed martial arts events in the state.

However, a new bill introduced by Sen. Mike Bell last week will likely extend the commission’s life until June 30, 2016, according to a report by Yahoo Sports. The legislation still technically ends the commission on June 30 this year, but places it under Tennessee Governmental Entity Review law, which, in short, gives the TAC an additional year to find a solution to its woes.

Although what is known as a “sunset” bill was passed a year ago to give the TAC a chance to fix its issues, it did not specify who or what would assume the commission’s duties when it became obsolete. If it had dissolved as expected this summer, combat sports could have run unsanctioned in the state because no entity or law would have existed to say they were illegal.

By placing the bill back under Tennessee Governmental Entity Review law, those involved can either find a way to make the commission work or take the necessary steps to be prepared for when it is disbanded entirely. According to Yahoo Sports, the TAC’s total compound debt currently stands at $230,445.

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