Nevada Boxing Commission Has Successful Year

The Nevada State Athletic Commission is wrapping up its 2008 term and starting anew on November 1. In troubled economic times, the commission and its leader, John Bailey, have brought needed income to the state.

Las Vegas, NV, October 31, 2008 --( Beginning next week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission ends its 2008 term and looks forward to the year ahead. John Bailey, chairman of the commission for his second term in 2008, has seen his favorite professional sports thrive amid a challenged economy and some important regulations implemented during his term.

The attorney and managing partner of law firm Bailey Kennedy has served on the commission since 2001, when he was appointed by then-governor Kenny Guinn. He served as chairman in 2004 and again this year, responsible for the regulation of all Nevada contests or exhibitions of unarmed combat including the licensure and supervision of promoters, boxers, mixed martial artists, kick boxers, seconds, ring officials, managers and matchmakers.

Bailey is one of the top health care attorneys in Nevada and specializes in corporate litigation, gaming, and health care law. He has served as vice chairman and a member of the Moral Character and Fitness Committee of the Nevada State Bar for 15 years and is on the board of directors for Shuffle Master, Inc. He has been recommended to the President of the United States for a Judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid. He was also recognized as a Mountain States Super Lawyer in 2008, an honor bestowed upon less than five percent of attorneys in the Western United States.

“We have made several strides in regulation this year,” said Bailey. “The commission implemented required steroid and drug testing for out-of-competition athletes and began publishing important health care information for fighters.” Health care information made available by the commission included a mouth guard study and information on hydration, dehydration and treating concussions.

The popular sports governed by the Commission also brought in needed revenue to the state. Contests including Mayweather vs. Hatton (December 8, 2007), Calzaghe vs. Hopkins (April 19, 2008), Penn vs. Sherk (May 24, 2008) and Griffin vs. Jackson (July 5, 2008) brought in more than $3.6 million to the state of Nevada’s general fund.

“The commission certainly serves an important economic function in Nevada,” said Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. “Millions of dollars are spent by those who attend and support the events.” According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, major events governed by the commission generated an estimated non-gaming economic impact of at least $58.5 million during the November 2007 through October 2008 term.

“Chairman Bailey has done a great job leading the commission through a very safe and prosperous time,” said Kizer. “I am sure he will continue to be a great asset to the State of Nevada and its Athletic Commission.” The group’s 2009 term begins November 1 with a commission comprised of Bailey, Bill Brady, Pat Lundvall, T.J. Day and Raymond “Skip” Avansino, Jr.

John R. Bailey founded Bailey Kennedy, Attorneys At Law in 2001. The firm focuses on litigation, healthcare law and administrative law. Joined by partners Dennis Kennedy and Joshua Dickey, Bailey represents some of the largest companies in the state of Nevada.

Bailey Kennedy’s dynamic team of professionals represents, among others, top healthcare facilities, publicly traded corporations, gaming companies, financial institutions, travel and tourism leaders, public entities, real estate developers, entertainment concerns, and entrepreneurs. For more information, call 702.562.8820.

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