Friday, December 9, 2016

FACE-OFF FRIDAY: Unionization in Professional Combat Sports?

It's FACE-OFF FRIDAY!

There have been efforts lately in the professional mixed martial arts community to create associations or what is essentially a union among the fighters.

These efforts include the Mixed Martial Arts Athlete Association (read more here) and the Professional Fighter's Association (read more here).  The former is not calling itself a union and is being formed by fighters.  The latter is definitely a traditional unionization effort led by non-fighters, for the most part.

Ignore, for a moment, the chances of success or failure of these efforts to get off the ground - let's presume that's not an issue.

Do you think a union will benefit the fighters in the mixed martial arts?  What are some of the downsides of unionizing for the fighters, or for the sport?  Do you support a fighter's association over a traditional union (or the other way around)?

I want to know what you think:

SHOULD MIXED MARTIAL ARTISTS FORM A UNION?