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UFC Officials Meet With New York State Legislators, Hopeful Of MMA Legalization

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Officials and fighters from UFC were in Albany yesterday “to meet with legislators to discuss the long-stalled professional MMA legalization effort in New York,” according to Matthew Hamilton of the Albany TIMES UNION. Bills have “passed the Republican-controlled state Senate in re...

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New Jersey Paying $2.3M In Sports Betting Case

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Lobbying On Behalf Of Fantasy Sports

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McMahon Loses Bid For Conn. Senate Seat

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Former Athletes Star In Political Races

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Republicans Buy Ads During Sports Events

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NFL's Gridiron PAC Hands Out About $600k

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Narrow Ruling Made In American Needle v. NFL

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