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Massive CSAC Budget Deficit Threatens to Halt MMA Events in California

(CSAC boss George Dodd, everybody. Is it really surprising that a guy who dresses like a blackjack dealer would be responsible for blowing so much money?)

California’s state athletic commission is in big financial trouble and with it, the possibility of future MMA and boxing matches held in the state. At a meeting on Tuesday it was revealed that the CSAC, led by Executive Director George Dodd, is insolvent, and has been spending far more than it is bringing in through event revenue.

The budget officer for California’s Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), Taylor Schick, released a memo with numbers detailing that if the commission continues on its current path it would face a deficit of nearly $700,000 by the end of 2013’s fiscal year. Such a deficit would force the state to stop putting on athletic events, including MMA and boxing contests, according to DCA director Denise Brown in a letter to Dodd.

“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,” she wrote.

California’s commission has at least two upcoming UFC events on the docket to regulate — July 11th’s UFC on Fuel 4, which will take place in San Jose, and August 4th’s UFC on Fox 4 event in Los Angeles. At present, no scheduled fights are likely to be affected but subsequent ones may be in peril.

Dodd’s leadership was brought into question at Tuesday’s meeting. The Executive Director has kept his job for now but was censured by his commission for “not adequately informing the commission about the insolvency of the athletic commission fund.” On Thursday, commissioner Linda Forster resigned, saying she was shocked to learn of the commission’s financial problems.

In an unrelated story, Nick Diaz‘s home city of Stockton filed for bankruptcy yesterday. Damn, California…would it kill you to get your shit together?

- Elias Cepeda

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Mr_Misanthropy- July 1, 2012 at 9:51 pm
California Uber Alles
California Uber Alles
Uber Alles California
Uber Alles California

Zen fascists will control you
100% natural
You will jog for the master race
And always wear the happy face

Close your eyes, can't happen here
Big Bro' on white horse is near
The hippies won't come back you say
Mellow out or you will pay
Mellow out or you will pay!


Now it is 1984
Knock-knock at your front door
It's the suede/denim secret police
They have come for your uncool niece

Come quietly to the camp
You'd look nice as a drawstring lamp
Don't you worry, it's only a shower
For your clothes here's a pretty flower.

DIE on organic poison gas
Serpent's egg's already hatched
You will croak, you little clown
When you mess with President Brown
When you mess with President Brown
KidDinomite- June 30, 2012 at 8:26 am
Is there any relation between Chris Dodd and George here?
rockhuddy- June 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm
No surprise here, government commissions are only there to control and to collect revenue, and they still lose money. They enforce stupid rules, pick crappy judges and refs, have haphazard drug testing policies, and apply arbitrary punishments. They do not benefit the consumers of MMA, the promotions, or the fighters.
XENOPHON- June 29, 2012 at 1:14 pm
I don't like the UFC way of strangling their signed fighters, but clearly see a shake down from California is in the works due to governmental mis-management and incompetence. Good, let them stop having fights here in California. The UFC can have the fights in Tijuana at a discounted rate. Doesn't bother me a bit - just like never watching a live fight broadcast from NYC. What's the big deal?
The12ozCurls- June 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Sorry Elias -
My home state of California is crazy liberal and will give away money & benefits to whoever wants them. Unless you have a job - then all you get is to pay more taxes to cover the others. Not trying to be insensitive or politically motivated because I am neither. I am just tired of California giving away free shit to whoever has their hand out. "Damn, California…would it kill you to get your shit together?"

And the answer is NO they won't.
XENOPHON- June 29, 2012 at 1:17 pm
Word up.
Fried Taco- June 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm
The UFC can afford to bail out the Commission, but I'm not sure about Stockton.