As of July 2020, the Nevada Athletic Commission has made all combat sports purses confidential, further reducing public access to information about fighter pay in both MMA and boxing.
When asked about this seemingly sudden change, Bloody Elbow was referred by a public records official to the NSAC’s statement on the matter. As it turns out, the move to confidentiality has actually been in the works for more than a year.
Senate Bill 29 was pre-filed in November 2018 and formally introduced in February 2019 during the 80th Session of the Nevada Legislature. The bill’s purpose was to “make various changes relating to unarmed combat.” Among the list of amendments made to Nevada statutes was NRS 467.1005, which now reads as follows:
NRS 467.1005 Confidentiality of certain information concerning applicant for license; disclosure of information; exceptions; procedure.
1. Except as otherwise provided in subsections 2 and 3, the Commission shall keep confidential:
(a) Any information that is submitted or disclosed to the Commission or otherwise obtained by the Commission pursuant to this chapter or the regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
(b) Any information that is submitted or disclosed to the Commission by another governmental entity or the Association of Boxing Commissions; and
(c) Any information required to be submitted or disclosed to the Commission and kept confidential pursuant to federal law.
2. The Commission shall reveal the information set forth in subsection 1:
(a) Upon the lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction;
(b) To any person upon the request of the person who is the subject of the information; and
(c) In the course of the necessary administration of this chapter.
3. The Commission may reveal the information set forth in subsection 1 to an authorized agent of an agency of the United States Government, a state, a political subdivision of a state, a foreign government or a political subdivision of a foreign government responsible for regulating unarmed combat in the jurisdiction of the authorized agent.