Boston City Council sponsors union petition to ban children from UFC events

Robert Cianflone

Why bother making decisions as a parent when you can have the City Council do it for you?

It's bloody, it's brutal and it creates a culture of hate.

That's according to Boston City Council President Steve Murphy, who sponsored a petition to ban children 18 and under from attending any and all mixed martial arts (MMA) events held in "Beantown," which according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, may not be any time in the foreseeable future.

Find out why here.

UFC Fight Night 28 is already scheduled for the TD Garden this Saturday night (Aug. 17, 2013) and has drawn the ire of UFC haters like Wheelock College professor Diane Levin, an alleged "expert" on the impact violent entertainment has on children.

Her words (via CBS Boston)

"What seemed extreme 20 years ago seems almost tame today. [Kids] behave more violently after viewing it in their play and how they treat others. They're less likely to sympathize with victims of violence."

Sound familiar?

It should, considering the petition (read it here) to save our children was sponsored by (wait for it...) Unite Here, the culinary union waging war against ZUFFA -- parent company of UFC -- because of the way Station Casinos is run in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Get all the details behind that power struggle here.

If approved by the city council, the bill would still have to pass the state legislature. But by then, UFC will be long gone, moving on to more favorable markets with looser laws regarding what children can and can't do, which in my day, used to be up to the parents, not the city council.

I guess I'm just old-fashioned that way.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker