Dana White’s Slap-Fight sport is one of the fastest-rising sports in the USA. It has caught the world’s attention with the most recent events in the league and trials going viral. Earlier in the year, one participant received life-threatening injuries and was left with a disfigured face raising many questions about the sport.
In addition, Dana White was made the soul influencer of the game, marketing extensively and providing the latest updates about the sport. He created a league where participants slapped one another until one surrendered.
The president of UFC vowed to make the sport a major leading event in the USA and was pleased with how the viewership online beat major sports like NBA and NFL.
Dana White revealed that he was determined to turn the sport into a major brand. He noted,
“There was just something about it I liked, and I love the challenge of it,” White told the Associated Press this week. “I love taking something and turning it into a big brand.”
How Different States Have Received the Sport (Power Slap)
As power slap gains popularity, some states have approved its existence while others are still reluctant. As much as President Frank Lamicella insists that the sport is safe, there are still uncertainties about it from different individuals and professionals.
Frank notified the Nevada Commission that there were no major injuries and that all the officials in the league had safety in mind as they prepared for the matches.
The Nevada Athletic Commission approved Slap and made it a sport. That was a big boost for Dana White. However, the same commission suggested additional rules to enhance the safety of participants.
Other states like Colorado, Michigan, Delaware, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Washington insisted that the sport would not be approved regardless of any explanations. They noted that the sport isn’t part of their plans and would not consider it.
Massachusetts Declines the Slap Fight on Betting Platforms
As much as the sport is getting crazier in the U.S., there are still hurdles, and the latest one is about Massachusetts declining it on betting platforms. Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted against the sport’s inclusion on the betting platforms earlier in the week.
There were requests from the U.S. Integrity to add the sport to the wagering menu. Commissioner Jordan Maynard voted against the addition noting that the events were disturbing. Another commissioner Eileen O’Brien insisted that the sport was still under trial as more research kept revealing its dangers to the skull and brain.
The decline means that the state’s wagers may just be fans as they wait for years to see if the sport will be accepted on the wagering platforms. It may be a big blow to the sport if not accepted over the years. However, if other states keep approving it, it would be easy for Massachusetts to add it to the menu soon.
As more research into the dangers of the sport continues, more rules are coming up to ensure the sport’s safety. Hopefully, the regulations will improve the sport’s safety and make it more attractive for the regulating commissions.
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