A huge change has been made in the state of Nevada when it comes to fighter purses, which is that the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will no longer publicly reveal fighter purses for those who compete in combat sports events in the state.
Bloody Elbow obtained a portion of the following bill that was introduced in February of last year, which has now passed, and it reveals that fighter purses will no longer be made public:
NRS 467.1005 Confidentiality of certain information concerning applicant for license; disclosure of information; exceptions; procedure.
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsections 2 and 3, the Commission shall keep confidential:
(a) Any information that is submitted or disclosed to the Commission or otherwise obtained by the Commission pursuant to this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
(b) Any information that is submitted or disclosed to the Commission by another governmental entity or the Association of Boxing Commissions; and
(c) Any information required to be submitted or disclosed to the Commission and kept confidential pursuant to federal law.
2. The Commission shall reveal the information set forth in subsection 1:
(a) Upon the lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction;
(b) To any person upon the request of the person who is the subject of the information; and
(c) In the course of the necessary administration of this chapter.
3. The Commission may reveal the information set forth in subsection 1 to an authorized agent of an agency of the United States Government, a state, a political subdivision of a state, a foreign government or a political subdivision of a foreign government responsible for regulating unarmed combat in the jurisdiction of the authorized agent.
NAC Commissioner Staci Alonso said the following about the bill during a Senate Judiciary Meeting this past February:
Section 7 clarifies that any information submitted to the Commission be deemed confidential. The purpose and intent of this request is similar to the intent and language under the Nevada Gaming Control Board.
Based on NRS language, as an example, organizations must submit confidential and proprietary drug testing reports in order to receive qualified drug testing tax credits. There is no public benefit to disseminate this information but extreme competitive disadvantages and loss of data integrity if it was not kept confidential. It is also a roadblock for the adaptation of our new regulation.
Another example is a bout agreement. A few years ago, a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match had unique language in the bout agreement that would not have been beneficial to turn over to the Commission for public information. Yet, information specific to that agreement was important for our officials to understand due to the uniqueness of an MMA fighter competing in a boxing match. We view this similar to a casino sales agreement or takeover plan where it would be a competitive disadvantage if that information was made public.
There was only one person who voted against the bill when it went to the Senate and Assembly, with that person being Assemblyman Skip Daly.
The bill actually went into effect in July of last year, but the NAC just recently started enforcing the bill in recent weeks.
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