At the stroke of midnight in Las Vegas, a black-eyed creature with the legs of a man and the head of a reptile slithers out of its presidential suite on the top floor of Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and jumps 200 feet onto South Commerce Street...pausing briefly to cackle at a connecting avenue called West New York, then sprints over the concrete...toward the Strip, licking his lips with greed, drooling behind the dank alleys of Las Vegas Boulevard and attempting frantically to recall which building held the office of the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Oh, but who are we kidding? - the President of the Culinary Workers Union in Las Vegas, Ted Pappageorge, would never act that strange. Never! At least not on the night prior to a crucial vote on the legalization of mixed martial arts in New York. But how would the citizens of New York react if they only knew that the news of New York state assembly tabling the legalization of MMA for a fourth year, was solely due to the sniveling agenda of Pappageorge, and his minions on the executive board?
Unfortunately, their reaction would seemingly be like the rest of the MMA community: confusion. How does a culinary union in Las Vegas control New York citizen's rights to watch a sport? What world are we living in, here? Have we all devolved back in snarling primordial beasts?
Well, it appears, without contact with the culinary union, that since Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta's company Station Casinos employs non-union workers, the Las Vegas culinary union sought revenge years ago. And in their attempt, they have coerced several politicians in New York to uphold the ban on MMA.
Anyone else confused?
Well there is no clear cut answer. Because, despite UFC President Dana White's constant promise on the legalization, 40 out of 104 Assembly Democrats opposed the bill. The bill had 64 co-sponsors.
But instead of directing our anger and confusion toward the UFC or even Dana White, we should investigate New York's legal system. What is the correlation between Culinary Workers Union Local 226 and New York politicians?Are the politicians voting on merit or out of bribe? How is this sort of blatant corruption legal?
My goodness, we shouldn't feel enraged as MMA fans, but as citizens of the United States!