Albany, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he's not personally opposed to mixed martial arts and is inviting its promoters to make the case that New York will get an economic boost from legalizing it.
The state Senate last week again approved a bill to legalize and regulate the combat sport that includes boxing, judo, wrestling and kickboxing. Most states allow it, with bouts sometimes broadcast on national television.
The Assembly has blocked the legislation for seven years. Opponents criticizing the sport's violence and calling it a bad example for children.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said last week he now expects it to be legalized, though he's unsure when.
Cuomo says Tuesday he wants to discuss its economics during the current legislative session.
He says it's something that "should be pursued, definitely."
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