Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law

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It is the central thesis of this Note that the NAAGs recommendations represent the necessary linchpin in creating a coherent regulatory regime for ensuring that professional boxing is both safe and legitimate. In order to place a discussion of regulatory solutions in a proper frame, this Note begins by describing the problems that have long plagued professional boxing. This Note next explicates two federal laws designed to redress the corruption and abuses lawmakers found to be inherent in professional boxing. These laws are the Professional Boxing Safety Act ("PBSA") and the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act ("Ali Act"). This Note then addresses regulations of boxing operating at the state level, paying particular attention to the May 2000 recommendations for state action promulgated by the NAAG. Finally, this Note concludes by considering whether the matrix of regulation designed to reform boxing will achieve its much-anticipated end.