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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-30-2012, 05:51 AM Thread Starter
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California State Athletic Commission faces money trouble.

Things are not going well for the California State Athletic Commission. It is having severe financial troubles, and recently censured George Dodd, its executive director, for not telling the board just how bad the money situation is.

MMA Fighting is reporting the group that oversees MMA events is already under water, and could run a deficit of $700,000 by the time the year is over.

"Without the ability to pay for even basic services, the Commission will have no choice but to cease operation immediately and cancel or postpone indefinitely all Commission regulated events," Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) director Denise Brown wrote in a recent letter to CSAC's executive director George Dodd.

Zuffa has three events scheduled for California in the next two months. UFC on Fuel 4 will be in San Jose, UFC on Fox 4 will take place in Los Angeles, and Strikeforce's championship bout between Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman is set for San Diego. None of these events are expected to be affected, but California is a go-to state for Zuffa. California hosted four UFC and Strikeforce events in 2011.

Considering the state's financial problems, it's not a surprise to see the CSAC stumble. California is projecting a deficit of $4 billion and has been running in the red for four years. Its financial problems are so well-known there is a Wikipedia entry devoted to California's budget crisis.

But where the true problem lies for the CSAC is how to dig out of its hole. Without money, it can't run high-grossing events, but without high-grossing events, it can't earn money.

Well this kind of sucks. In my own closed up bubble i somehow felt that commissions were just ran on government money and they had no way of having financial problems (And yeah i know how far in debt the U.S. is, scary stuff). I guess this is a reality check for me that it isnt how things work. It would suck really bad if the UFC has to cancel an event or isnt allowed to have one in California because of the commission financial trouble. I wonder if the UFC would be forced to donate them money if this were to happen. (That be ridiculous though wouldnt it???) I dont know much about this subject so im replying with an uneducated opinion. Im sure many of you know alot better then i do about how this stuff works and how something like this can happen and if this is even a big deal now or possibly in the future.

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