<!-- <p-->"He rain-made you. A guy says if you pay him, he can make it rain. You pay him. If and when it rains, he takes the credit. If and when it doesn't, he finds reasons for you to pay him more. Clay Davis rain-made you!"
-- Maurice Levy, Attorney-at-Law
About a month or so ago, I wrote about Zuffa contributing almost 75 thousand dollars to the campaign of Andrew Cuomo in his run for NY State Governor. Zuffa did so with the hopes that Cuomo would be influential in getting MMA legalized in NY, thus opening up that market. The thing is. most people don't know that staunch MMA opposition in Sheldon Silver and Bob Reilly are also Democrats. Many MMA fans mistakenly attribute them as conservatives. So Cuomo won the election yesterday and is now Governor-elect, taking over for current Democratic Governor David Patterson. So what does this mean?
Frankly, we don't know. It's a switch from a Democrat to another Democrat though Paterson a) wasn't elected and b) was subject to bits of controversy. Cuomo is more liked by the New York Democrats than Paterson so he might wield a higher level of influence. However, it is not certain that will actually be enough to get done what Dana White and Zuffa want done: the legalization of MMA in New York. It should be noted that Cuomo has been very non-committal in his support, or lack thereof, of MMA.
So to the quote stated by everyone's favorite lawyer Levy and the question of did Dana White and the UFC get "rain-made"? I don't know. In The Wire, they were talking about bribery and I am not suggesting that Zuffa, the UFC, or Dana White did anything illegal or bribed anyone nor am I saying Cuomo is purposefully misleading anyone. It's just an analogy and an interest question, though IMO large campaign contributions are legal bribes. Anyway, Stringer Bell, a smart, yet arrogant businessman, set out to bribe politicians in order to get the buildings he had purchased eligible for funding which would mean more money for him. Now he had a politician, the great Clay Davis, promise him that he would be able to do what he needed just as long as he contributed some funds. Bell contributed and as it turns out, nothing happened. Levy, Bell's lawyer was able to explain to him that he got "rain-made".
In my opinion, it's a risk worth taking. You're only contributing 75K which is a drop in the bucket of the billion dollar Zuffa empire. I mean that's only like more than one PPV undercard's salary, so if it's all for naught, it's no big deal and if it does get legalized, you'll make that money back in your first event. It'll be interesting to see what the future holds for MMA and legalization in New York.
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