OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING BOXING EVENTS AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS MATCHES.
This bill eliminates mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters' liability to pay the health care costs an MMA competitor incurs from an injury, illness, disease, or condition resulting from an MMA match for the entire duration of the injury, illness, disease, or condition. It instead requires MMA promoters to provide liability insurance and death benefits on the same terms as boxing promoters (see below). The bill applies to any person, firm, or corporation that employs or contracts with someone to compete in an MMA match.
The bill eliminates (1) the 5% gross receipt tax that boxing and MMA promoters must pay under current law, (2) the requirement for promoters to file a surety bond with the emergency services and public protection commissioner as a condition of being licensed, and (3) related reporting provisions on matches and event receipts.
The bill also makes conforming changes.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2017
By law, MMA is unarmed combat involving the use of a combination of techniques from different disciplines of martial arts, including grappling, kicking, jujitsu, and striking.
INSURANCE AND DEATH BENEFITS
The bill requires MMA promoters to provide (1) insurance coverage of at least $20,000 for an injured competitor's medical, dental, surgical, and hospital care and (2) death benefits of at least $50,000 to the estate of an MMA participant who dies as a result of participating in an MMA match. Boxing promoters must provide these same amounts under existing state regulations for boxers (Conn. Agencies Reg. § 29-143j-15a). The bill codifies these requirements in statute for boxing and sparring promoters.
Public Safety and Security Committee
Joint Favorable Substitute