1. The Laws of New York
  2. Consolidated Laws
  3. General Business
  4. Article 41: Combative Sports


Section 1007 Licenses; general provisions

General Business (GBS)

1. Except as otherwise provided in sections one thousand six, one thousand eleven, and one thousand seventeen of this article, with respect to all authorized professional combative sports in this state, all corporations, entities, persons, referees, judges, match-makers, timekeepers, professionals, and their managers, trainers, and seconds shall be licensed by the commission. No such corporation, entity or person shall be permitted to participate, either directly or indirectly, in any authorized professional combative sport, or the holding thereof, or the operation of any training facility providing contact sparring maintained either exclusively or in part for the use of professional boxers or professional mixed martial arts participants, unless such corporation or persons shall have first procured a license from the commission. The commission shall establish by rule and regulation licensing standards for all licensees.

  2. Every application for a license shall be in a form prescribed by the commission, shall be addressed to the commission, shall be subscribed by the applicant, and affirmed by him or her as true under the penalties of perjury, and shall set forth such facts as the provisions hereof and the rules and regulations of the commission may require.

  3. (a) The commission shall establish reasonable fees, terms and renewal terms for licenses, permits and other authorizations issued pursuant to this article, provided, however, that all terms, renewal terms and fees in effect pursuant to chapter nine hundred twelve of the laws of nineteen hundred twenty, and any subsequent amendments thereto, immediately prior to the enactment of this article, shall remain fixed at their prior statutory levels for a period of two years from enactment of this article. The commission shall publish all fees, including the aforementioned, in a single location on its website. All fees set by the commission pursuant to this section shall be subject to the approval of the director of the budget.

  (b) With respect to the fees established by the commission pursuant to paragraph (a) of this subdivision, when such fees are payable in relation to authorized combative sports constituting mixed martial arts, the following shall apply:

  (i) by promoters, for contests held where the seating capacity is not more than two thousand five hundred, the promoter shall pay not more than five hundred dollars;

  (ii) by promoters, for contests held where the seating capacity is greater than two thousand five hundred, but not more than five thousand, the promoter shall pay not more than one thousand dollars;

  (iii) by promoters, for contests held where the seating capacity is greater than five thousand, but not more than fifteen thousand, the promoter shall pay not more than one thousand five hundred dollars;

  (iv) by promoters, for contests held where the seating capacity is greater than fifteen thousand, but not more than twenty-five thousand, the promoter shall pay not more than two thousand five hundred dollars;

  (v) by promoters, for contests held where the seating capacity is greater than twenty-five thousand, the promoter shall pay not more than three thousand dollars;

  (vi) for referees and judges, not more than one hundred dollars;

  (vii) for professional participants, managers and trainers not more than fifty dollars; and

  (viii) for chief seconds, not more than forty dollars.

  4. Any license, temporary work permit or other authorization issued under the provisions of this article may be revoked or suspended by the commission when the licensee, permittee or authorized entity has, in the judgment of the commission, violated any provision of this article, rule or order of the commission, demonstrated conduct detrimental to the interests of authorized combative sports generally or to the public interest, or when the commission deems it to be in the best interests of the health and safety of the licensee.

  (a) Any licensee who suffered a knockout or technical knockout in a combative sport may, upon the recommendation of the attending commission physician, be suspended by the commission, for a period determined by the commission, and shall forfeit his or her license to the commission during such period. Such license shall not be returned to the licensee until he or she has met all requirements, medical and otherwise, for reinstatement of such license. All such suspensions shall be recorded in his or her license by a commission official.

  (b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if any other state shall revoke a licensee's license to compete in combative sports in that state, then the commission may act to revoke any license issued to such licensee pursuant to the provisions of this article.