senate Bill S2350

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Exempts white collar boxing from regulation by the state boxing commission

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Jan 08, 2014 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation
Jan 16, 2013 referred to cultural affairs, tourism, parks and recreation

S2350 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Boxing
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง31, Chap 912 of 1920
Versions Introduced in Previous Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: S2708
2009-2010: S1596

S2350 - Bill Texts

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Exempts white collar boxing from regulation by the state boxing commission; provides that a "white collar boxer" is a person who is not a professional boxer or an amateur registered with the U.S. Amateur Boxing Federation, and who engages in boxing or sparring contests and exhibitions where no cash prizes having a value of more than $35 are given or prizes in excess of an amount established by the United States White Collar Boxing, Inc.

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BILL NUMBER:S2350

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend chapter 912 of the laws of 1920
allowing and regulating boxing, sparring and wrestling matches, and
establishing a state boxing commission, in relation to exempting white
collar boxers from the provisions of such act

PURPOSE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a sustainable venue
for white collar boxing in New York State.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section one adds white collar boxing contests and exhibitions to the
list of events which are excepted from the provisions of chapter 912
of the laws of 1920, defines white collar boxing, and places
regulation of such events under the supervision of United States White
Collar Boxing, Inc.

Section two establishes the effective date.

EXISTING LAW: Current law provides no specific exception for white
collar boxing.

JUSTIFICATION: "White Collar Boxing" is the term used to refer to
branch of "competitive" boxing in which athletes who are neither
professional nor amateur boxers train and participate in boxing
exhibitions and contests. Many of the participants are professionals
such as lawyers and bankers, hence the team "white collar boxing."

White collar boxing began at Gleason's, the famous Brooklyn gym, and
has grown immensely both nationally and internationally. In fact,
white collar boxing has become an important source of income for gyms
which are facing high rents and other expenses. White collar boxers
make up an overwhelming percentage of membership at many gyms (at
least 80% according to Boxing News), and the entry and admission fees
collected during events offer a supplemental stream of income.

While popular and lucrative, white collar boxing events were never
technically legal. Under current law, all boxing related events and
exhibitions must be supervised by the New York State Athletic
Commission, with certain exceptions. There is no specific exception
for white collar boxing, and as a result, NYSAC began to shut down
events it learned of, essentially dealing a death knell to white
collar boxing in New York.

This legislation would create an exception for white collar boxing
under sponsorship of United States White Collar Boxing, Inc. By doing
so, it will allow white collar boxing to return to New York, not only
giving busy professionals an athletic form of stress relief but also
helping to ensure the survival of boxing gyms across the state.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.2708 of 2011 - Passed Senate 06/20/12 A.10671
of 2012 - Referred to Tourism, Parks, Arts & Sports Development

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.


LOCAL FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2350

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 16, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  GOLDEN -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism,
  Parks and Recreation

AN ACT to amend chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 allowing and  regulating
  boxing,  sparring  and  wrestling  matches,  and  establishing a state
  boxing commission, in relation to exempting white collar  boxers  from
  the provisions of such act

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 31 of chapter 912 of the laws of 1920 allowing  and
regulating  boxing,  sparring  and wrestling matches, and establishing a
state boxing commission, as amended by chapter 437 of the laws of  2002,
is amended to read as follows:
  S  31.  Exceptions.  The  provisions of this act except as provided in
section 29 of this act shall not be construed to apply to  any  sparring
or  boxing  contest or exhibition conducted under the supervision or the
control of the New York state national guard or naval militia where  all
of  the  contestants  are members of the active militia; nor to any such
contest or exhibition where the contestants are all amateurs,  sponsored
by  or under the supervision of any university, college, school or other
institution of learning, recognized by the regents of the state  of  New
York;  nor  to any such contest or exhibitions where the contestants are
all amateurs sponsored by or under the supervision of the U. S.  Amateur
Boxing  Federation or its local affiliates or the American Olympic Asso-
ciation; NOR TO ANY SUCH CONTEST OR EXHIBITION WHERE THE CONTESTANTS ARE
ALL WHITE COLLAR BOXERS SPONSORED BY OR UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF  UNITED
STATES  WHITE  COLLAR BOXING, INC.; nor except as to the extent provided
in sections 5, 9, 19, 20, 28-a, 28-b and 33 of this act, to any  profes-
sional  wrestling  contest or exhibition as defined in this act. For the
purpose of this act, an amateur is deemed to mean a person  who  engages
in  boxing, sparring or wrestling contests and exhibitions where no cash

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD01264-01-3

S. 2350                             2

prizes are awarded to participants, and where  the  prize  competed  for
shall  not  in value exceed thirty-five dollars or, in boxing, a maximum
amount established by the U.S.  Amateur  Boxing  Federation.    FOR  THE
PURPOSES  OF  THIS  ACT, "WHITE COLLAR BOXER" SHALL MEAN A PERSON WHO IS
NOT A PROFESSIONAL  BOXER  NOR  AN  AMATEUR  REGISTERED  WITH  THE  U.S.
AMATEUR  BOXING  FEDERATION,  AND  WHO  ENGAGES  IN  BOXING  OR SPARRING
CONTESTS AND EXHIBITIONS WHERE NO CASH PRIZES  ARE  AWARDED  TO  PARTIC-
IPANTS,  AND  WHERE  THE  PRIZE COMPETED FOR SHALL NOT EXCEED, IN VALUE,
THIRTY-FIVE DOLLARS OR A MAXIMUM AMOUNT  ESTABLISHED  BY  UNITED  STATES
WHITE  COLLAR  BOXING,  INC. Any individual, association, corporation or
club, except elementary or high schools or  equivalent  institutions  of
learning  recognized  by  the  regents  of the state of New York, who or
which conducts an amateur contest  OR  A  WHITE  COLLAR  BOXING  CONTEST
pursuant  to this section must register with THE APPROPRIATE SANCTIONING
BODY, NAMELY the U. S. Amateur Boxing Federation or its local affiliates
OR UNITED STATES WHITE COLLAR BOXING, INC. and abide by [its] THE  rules
and regulations OF THE APPROPRIATE SANCTIONING BODY.
  S 2. This act shall take effect immediately.

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