It’s a big sandbox, but sometimes everyone who wants to play in it doesn’t get along with others. Such is the case with the MMA scene in New Jersey, and one promoter in particular who – despite having done 35 MMA shows under the auspices of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board – thinks the agency in charge of combat sports in the state needs a personnel change. Scott Morgan is the promoter in question, and though his New Breed Fighters amateur events have met with some success as a casino-based show in Atlantic City, he remains unhappy.
Just read where NJ is considered to be fiscally the unhealthiest State in the country. “Citing revenue shortfalls, budget practices and high levels of debt”. This should be unacceptable to taxpaying NJ residents.
NJ politics is the same as it was in the 1920’s. Term limits must be applied to all State employees in positions of authority. When someone is running an agency forever it leads to corruption.
Wallmart rotates their buyers in order to eliminate personal relationships being established with suppliers. This eliminates favoritism and illegal kickbacks that ultimately results in higher prices to the consumer.
The State should do the same. The State Athletic Control Board can be the poster child of what is wrong in NJ. One man has spent so much time overseeing the Agency that he believes it belongs to him personally. Thus many decisions that are made are what’s best for him. Not what’s best for the State and her residents.
Every agency head should have a limit to his or her time in office. Its far more difficult and expensive to buy those in power when their time in office is limited.
The “one man” Morgan references in this post is obviously NJSACB counselor Nick Lembo, who oversees the sport in the state.
Here’s a bio on Morgan’s New Breed Fighters promotion from the company’s site. Considering that the promoter is the source of that bio, it should be noted that it might not be completely objective.
Amateur events run in New Jersey are subject to reduced fees compared to those paid by pro shows. These fees go towards paying the commission-trained officials and referees (the cageside doctors volunteer their time). In the past, as amateur MMA events can be very lucrative (remember: the fighters are unpaid), there has often been less-than-friendly competition between promoters to secure commission-approved dates.
One last thing: New Breed Fighters hasn’t run a show since September 8, 2012.