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09.14.05.01 - State Athletic Commission - Pending Regulations

 

PROPOSED ACTION ON REGULATIONS
MARYLAND REGISTER, VOLUME 40, ISSUE 3,
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2013

Subtitle 14 STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

09.14.05.01 Boxing and Kickboxing Facilities and Equipment

Authority: Business Regulation Article §§4-205(c)(2), Annotated Code of Maryland

Notice of Proposed Action
[13-051-P]

The State Athletic Commission proposes to amend Regulation .01 under COMAR 09.14.05 Boxing and Kickboxing Facilities and Equipment. This action was considered by the State Athletic Commission at a public meeting held on November 28, 2012, notice of which was given by publication in accordance with State Government Article,§10-506(c), Annotated Code of Maryland.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this action is to reduce the minimum amount of square footage allowed within a boxing or kickboxing ring from 18 square feet to 16 square feet while retaining the maximum amount of square footage allowed within a boxing or kickboxing ring. Such action would be consistent with the Regulatory Guidelines of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) and the regulations of other states.

The purpose of the action also is to reduce the minimum amount of footage required for a ring platform from three feet to two feet beyond the ring ropes which also would be consistent with the Regulatory Guidelines of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) and the regulations of other states.

These regulatory amendments will enable licensed promoters to conduct sanctioned boxing and kickboxing events in the State of Maryland utilizing boxing and kickboxing rings which are used in other boxing and kickboxing jurisdictions in the United States.

Comparison to Federal Standards

There is no corresponding federal standard to this proposed action.

Estimate of Economic Impact

I. Summary of Economic Impact. The State Athletic Commission estimates that there will be an immediate increase in professional boxing events held in the State of Maryland as a result of these proposed amendments. It is estimated that at least four to five additional professional boxing events will be held in Maryland in the first year as a result of these proposed amendments.

 
Revenue (R+/R-)
 
II. Types of Economic
Impact.
Expenditure
(E+/E-)
Magnitude

A. On issuing agency:
  (1) License Fees
  (2) Per Diem Staff

(R+)
(E+)

Indeterminable
$5,4000 to $6,750
 
B. On other State agencies: (R+) $6,000
 
C. On local governments: NONE
Benefit (+)
Cost (-)
Magnitude
D. On regulated
industries or trade groups:
NONE

E. On other industries or trade groups:
  Vendors for Promoters Holding Boxing Events


(+)


$40,000 to $50,000
 
F. Direct and indirect effects on public:
  Boxers Residing in the State of Maryland


(+)


$24,000 to $30,000
 

III. Assumptions. (Identified by Impact Letter and Number from Section II.)

A(1). There will be license fees collected, and licenses issued, for boxers, managers, and seconds at each of the four to five additional professional boxing events projected to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year.

A(2). There will be additional staff expenditures for the per diem inspectors, judges, physicians and referees assigned to work each of the four to five additional professional boxing events projected to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year.

B. The Office of the Maryland Comptroller collects a “Boxing and Wrestling Tax” for events sanctioned by the State Athletic Commission. It is projected that the “Boxing and Wrestling Tax” collected from the four to five additional boxing events to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year will be upwards of $6,000.00. All “Boxing and Wrestling Tax” monies collected are allocated for the General Fund.

E. Excluding paying for boxers’ purse monies, promoters will spend at least $10,000.00 locally on each of the four to five additional professional boxing events projected to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year to pay for event-related expenses such as venue rental, advertising, hotel rooms, travel, food, medical tests, security, printing of tickets, etc..

F. At least half of the boxers who will be competing in the additional four to five boxing events to be held in the State of Maryland are boxers who reside in Maryland and who will be receiving purse monies. The amounts listed are based on an average $1,000.00 purse earned by a boxer competing in a boxing contest.

Economic Impact on Small Businesses

The proposed action has a meaningful economic impact on small businesses. An analysis of this economic impact follows.

Promoters may profit from each of the four to five additional professional boxing events projected to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year. Promoters will spend upwards of $10,000.00 locally on each of the four to five additional professional boxing events projected to be held in the State of Maryland in the first year to pay for event-related expenses such as venue rental, advertising, hotel rooms, travel, food, medical tests, security, printing of tickets, etc.

Impact on Individuals with Disabilities

The proposed action has no impact on individuals with disabilities.

Opportunity for Public Comment

Comments may be sent to Patrick Pannella, Executive Director, State Athletic Commission, 500 North Calvert Street, Room 304, Baltimore, Maryland 21202, or call 410-230-6223, or email to ppannella@dllr.state.md.us, or fax to 410-333-6314. Comments will be accepted through March 25, 2013. A public hearing has not been scheduled.

Open Meeting

Final action on the proposal will be considered by the State Athletic Commission during a public meeting to be held on March 28, 2013 at 2 p.m., at 3rd Floor Conference Room (South), 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

.01 Boxing or Kickboxing Ring.
  A. A boxing or kickboxing ring shall meet the following requirements:
    (1) The boxing or kickboxing ring may not be less than [18] 16 feet square [,] or more than 24 feet square within the ring ropes;
    (2) The platform shall extend beyond the ropes for a distance of at least [3] 2 feet;
    (3)—(7) (text unchanged)
  B.—C. (text unchanged)

PATRICK PANNELLA
Executive Director
State Athletic Commission