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If Commissions Can’t Afford Year-Round Drug Testing, Should Promotions Foot the Bill to Keep the Sport on the Up-And-Up?

(Maybe they should let some terrible judges go instead as a cost-cutting measure.)

Last week MMAJunkie reported that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will be cutting random year-round drug testing from it’s 2011 budget due to a lack of available funding. The move will free up upwards of $20,000 that the program required to run in the past. In 2009, NSAC received $18,000 in government funds for the testing program. The governing body requested the same amount last year, but only received $12,000, but before the year was over, were asked to give the money, which was mostly spent by that time, back to State regulators.

Because the costs of effectively running the program are simply too great without an outside funding source, the commission has been forced to suspend out-of-competition drug testing. Athletes are still tested either the day prior to an event or immediately following it — sometimes both —  but with adequate time to clean out their systems, fighters can easily test clean even if they have been abusing performance enhancing drugs for months during the rest of the “off-season.”

The question is, should commissions just throw in the towel in the fight against drug use by MMA athletes or should they come up with other means of procuring the funds to try to keep the sport as clean as possible like other professional sports like football, baseball, basketball and hockey do?

One option would be to implement a “testing tax” that would be paid by promotions as part of their license and event permit applications. A yearly surtax or a small percentage of an organization’s live gate from a show would offset, if not cover all of the costs of running a long-term testing program.

NSAC instituted a similar policy with amateur kickboxing and MMA events, taking a .50 cent cut of tickets up to a $1-million gate and a $1 cut from ticket sales above that ceiling. The commission will decide later this month whether or not to implement similar sanctions to cover drug testing. They will also decide if they will lobby the state of Nevada to change NSAC’s funding in the next state budget, which runs from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2013 but the likelihood of that happening, considering Nevada is facing a near $2.2 billion dollar deficit in the state’s general fund, isn’t good.

Who do you think should be on the hook for drug testing?

Check out the poll on the right and have your say.

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fatbellyfrank- March 2, 2011 at 12:04 am
I'm definitely no expert on drug testing, but from what i'm aware of re: our National rugby league competition and their testing programme $20,000 US will get you fuck all spread out over a 12 month period, is that really the amount of cash NSAC spend on drug tests period, or just MMA?
Dynamo- March 1, 2011 at 11:36 pm
@ccman

I wasn't very specific but I was referring to it in reference to this:

"The question is, should commissions just throw in the towel in the fight against drug use by MMA athletes or should they come up with other means of procuring the funds to try to keep the sport as clean as possible like other professional sports like football, baseball, basketball and hockey do?"

With all the fights they do in Nevada I'm sure they UFC can afford 20k, (the amount talked about being the entire budget) DW can seem to waste that on a bet with Snoopdog so why not use it to make a point. IMO it doesn't really make much difference unless it becomes a strict protocol, but most don't make enough to go through all that like those other sports. Baseball still has it's problems though. Athletic commissions being pointless and ignorant in the place is another story..

Also fights wouldn't have to go anywhere because that isn't a requirement.
RwilsonR- March 1, 2011 at 9:52 pm
@ Turd - I just hope they don't test Palhares for 100% human DNA.
ccman- March 1, 2011 at 9:17 pm
@ dynamo.
If all mma testing in vegas for a year is 20k I would be amazed. Actually I am anyway that that's all that's budgeted. In the grand scheme it is nothing and id legislators will forgo the tax dollars brought in by mma weekends over 20k, well than there's a much bigger problem. If casinos will lose gambling rev from mma weekends over 20? Convention center will forgo the expo rev, and I can go on. Saying its the ufc's scheme to skim this and everyone else who banks has no vested interest so let's hand over all vegas fights to say atlantic city over 20k? 3 guidos are giddy and anyone whose taken either a math or business class should be freaking out. If this is vegas business model I should move there. I would own half the city by Thursday.
Dynamo- March 1, 2011 at 7:35 pm
@ccman What I'm saying is they don't need a system like that for 20k.

Fighting is big business in Nevada, and they can't afford 20k?
Turd Furgeson- March 1, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Just stop the testing. I'm pretty sure CP had an article a long time ago that said that juicers lose more than 50% of the matches in which they test positive anyway. And that was back in the days of Old Dad, so you know it was legit.
ccman- March 1, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Actually problem is maybe 5 or 6 ppvs are vegas. Only those can go to vegas.
ghostboner- March 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Actually scratch that. the taxpayer should not have to foot the bill, the people watching the events should. So Dana should pledge 1 cent from each ppv buy to pay for testing. So say the UFC does 12 events per year that average 250k buys each, then that .01 per ppv buy turns out to be $30,000. Problem solved.
ghostboner- March 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Didn't Karo get fined like 20 g's for his pill popping incident? Maybe the fines collected from roiders should pay for it. Or: take 5 worthless overpaid public servants i.e school superintendents, high paid administrators etc, and ding them 4k annually.
ccman- March 1, 2011 at 4:39 pm
The govt can give away billions because it goes to minorities and senators.
Ufc is a way for white guys to fight again. Just ask mayweather. Can't give money to white people, that would not equate to being a good comrade, oops, I mean American. Betcha this did not hit boxing.
ghostboner- March 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm
Really though, 20 fucking grand? They can't come up with 20 fucking grand a year? Dana shits out more than that after a big breakfast. He sneezes 20 grand into platinum plated silk napkins. He uses 20 grand to wipe off his wank after porking $200 hookers or strikeforce ring girls. He bets 20 grand on basketball games with Snoop Dogg. Why can the govt give away trillions of dollars to retarded businesses, tax the pants off of me, and then ask for their 12k of anti-juice money back? I know I know it comes out of the state budget and Nevada is pretty had up right now, but WTF?
El Guapo- March 1, 2011 at 4:19 pm
Farealtho(sound it out), axing the drug testing altogether is just plain nuts! 20 g's a year is peanuts to Zuffa. They probably charge more for a 30 second commercial on TUF broadcasts..
ghostboner- March 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm
I say just make Josh Barnett pay for it all. If he is in Japan then Chael has to cover it. Nah, fuck it, even when he is in Japan. (Chael will not likely be able to cover it from his cell)
El Guapo- March 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm
Karma... Move back to Vegas, hit the juice, fight Bones Jones at 205, bang Arrianny.
ccman- March 1, 2011 at 3:55 pm
I'm not sure which comment was t-shirt worthy so ill just demand 2 to make BG hate me more. Even though I sport CP proud at every ufc.

Where's my 2 shirts BG? My girlfriend can't be expected to do my laundry every 2 weeks and still do all the house\yard\regular job shit I require to give her her monthly double C..... there's only 24 hours in the day mate.
KarmaAteMyCat- March 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Maybe I should move back to vegas.
Bighouse- March 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm
So the commision would get .50 or a dollar for every ticket sold?? That doesn't seem to bad to me. Seeing as how I paid 300 bucks to see 118 Idon't think it would hurt promoters too bad to give them a dollar from that sale. Overall it should be the promoters resposability, It's their busniess, why wouldn't they foot the bill?

Hosetly though I think they should just make Performance enhancers mandatory, that would solve the whole problom.
CungwantsCookies- March 1, 2011 at 3:42 pm
ccman ftw. someone get that man a tshirt.
RwilsonR- March 1, 2011 at 3:41 pm
I'm kinda with Skeletor on this. I just would rather see the money go to expanding the sport, and increased pay for everyone. Of course, I suppose there is the argument that a cleaner sport helps expansion of it, but I don't really think Bob Reilly would change his mind if they did Olympic-style testing.
So I say just let the commissions do it as they are doing it. Except for Overeem, cause, you know... I want proof.
Get Off Me- March 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Goldy: Our tale of the tape
Rogan: Everything is virtually identical, both the NSAC and The promotions see a need for testing, except Dana does drugs and the NSAC councilmen(or is it persons, help my fuck) do not.

This is so bush league, Moriparty hit the nail on the head.

@ccman
Clapping in the background, distinguish man tippin' his glass to you.
ccman- March 1, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Dynamo... please reread the article and then read your conspiracy theory then smack yourself with the keyboard on the forehead 200 times repeating "this is govt overspending and has nothing to do with my hatedred of everything successful"
Meister574- March 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Just make it part of the licensing fees. There does not have to be a per ticket surcharge or anything like that. So it will just have to cost some more for a fighter, promoter, and manager to be licensed in the state of Nevada. This should have been done like this in the first place.
Dynamo- March 1, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Also this just sounds like another way for the Fertita's to skim of the top; what happens to overages?

"taking a .50 cent cut of tickets up to a $1-million gate and a $1 cut from ticket sales under that ceiling."

That doesn't sounds like a system just to cover commission costs.
Dynamo- March 1, 2011 at 1:45 pm
Why am I not surprised this is coming from Nevada.. The UFC already accounts for a good part of the NSAC so that's pretty much the case already.
skeletor- March 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Just keep it the same. If the guys can cycle off and not get caught then it's not really cheating. Worry about the shitty ref/judging/scoring criteria first. Lets just take this one step at a time people.
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