As the world begins to return to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma is looking to potentially be the first state to bring back live combat sporting events with fans in attendance.
According to a report from the recent Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt is trying to bring in pro wrestling, MMA, and boxing events as a way to generate revenue for the state. The only way to generate revenue from these events is by having live audiences in attendance which would also include people traveling into Oklahoma specifically to come to the events.
The report notes that from a political perspective, this could lead to less interference as combat sports generate less mainstream press. Also, while there is a positive to being the first state open to these kinds of events, there is still a sense of risk involved.
WWE and UFC have found a home for the time being in Florida, with Governor Ron DeSantis deeming these businesses to be essential. President Trump has also been very forthwith about saying that “the great” Vince McMahon and Dana White will be a part of his committee advising on how and when the country should reopen.
As states begin to enter phase one, more details will be uncovered about how and when many states will allow live sporting events once again. In the case of Florida, there is a hope to have fans in stadiums by July at the latest. Learn more at this link.