TO SAVE WRESTLING
IN NORTH CAROLINA
is my understanding that Speaker Black has put in this section in order to provide funds
for his friend Shawn
continue to have a job."
in the Legislature Building regarding Sect. 7 of H-232
for Sept 5th
receives Favorable Approval from Senate Finance Committee
actually good news! The bill was modified in the Senate Finance
Committee and a substitute text was approved that DID NOT
CONTAIN THE WRESTLING PROVISIONS. You should thank those
Senators that helped get rid of this terrible section of the
bill and then give yourself a pat on the back for the hard work
that you did to help derail this.
It's Still Not
won this major battle, however, it's not over until the Legislature
is home. The risk is still there that someone will tack this
provision back into a Budget Bill and the new budget gets passed.
Send a "thank you" e-mail/FAX/phone call to your Senator
and ask them to please not approve any budget that contains new
regulations for pro wrestling.
Senate Representation by District
for August 21st
Put to Rest
is a rumor that the NC Boxing Commission can regulate pro wrestling
on Jan 1, 2001 or sooner if they choose to. This is not true.
Executive Director Shawn Lemmond has stated that he has no authority
over pro wrestling until the NC Senate passes the legislation
that is pending.
pressure is certainly working. The Senate Finance Committee is
in no hurry to discuss the bill because of YOU giving them your
Keep it up!
You Need To Do
to focus your calls / FAXes / e-mails on the two chairmen of
the Senate Finance Comittee. We need to request politely, but
sternly, that representatives of the wrestling community be properly
notified and allowed to testify regarding
Section 7 of H-232 that deals with pro wrestling.
David W. Hoyle
Office: (919) 733-5734
Home: (704) 867-0822
John H. Kerr III
Office: (919) 733-5621
Home: (919) 734-1841
to call / FAX / e-mail the members of the Senate Finance Committee
and let them know you want them to reject H-232 specifically
Section 7. It is crucial that you do this immediately. A list
of the members and contact info will be posted below.
we need people that can be part of the "Slam Squad."
This will be people that can get to the Legislative Building
in Raleigh on very short notice. We hope to have a days notice,
but it could be as little as 30 minute notice when the Finance
Committee may bring up the subject for discussion. Hopefully
some of the Slam Squad will be allowed to present testimony,
but their actual presensce will be a determining factor for the
members that see we are aware of what is going on.
Squad members are also encouraged to visit the Finance Committee
member's offices and "sit & wait" to show your
seriousness in this matter.
can help on the Slam Squad, please e-mail me now with all your contact
needs to Contact these Senators Immediately:
David Hoyle (Chairman) (Cleveland, Gaston, Lincoln)
(Chairman) (Greene, Lenoir, Wayne)
(Vice-Chairman) (Davidson, Guilford,
(Vice-Chairman) (Bladen, Brunswick,
Columbus, New Hanover)
(Vice-Chairman) (Bladen, Cumberland,
Hoke, Robeson, Sampson)
(Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Pender, Sampson)
(Carteret, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender)
(Alleghany, Ashe, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga)
(Durham, Granville, Person, Wake)
(Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Sampson)
(Cabarrus, Rowan, Stanly)
Lee, Moore, Orange, Randolph)
(Buncombe, Burke, Madison, McDowell, Yancey)
(Alexander, Avery, Burke, Caldwell, Mitchell, Wilkes, Yadkin)
(Anson, Hoke, Montgomery, Richmond, Scotland, Stanly, Union)
(Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Wilson)
(Alamance, Caswell, Person)
(Franklin, Johnston, Vance, Wilson)
uncovered some very important information regarding the "Fiscal
Notes" on the projected revenues from this bill. This information
will be very embarrassing for anyone that supports the bill.
If or when the Committee discussing the bill, it will be presented
and the fun will begin.
is still waiting to be discussed by the Finance Committee. If
you'd like to see what the projections of revenue are for this
bill (prepare to laugh) and how much the three commission members
make in salary, click
has its first reading on Monday (6/25/01) and was referred to
the Senate Finance Committee. At this point, no one knows when
the bill will come up for discussion. The Finance Committee can
recommend that things be removed, table the bill, reject the
whole bill, or give it a favorable rating and send it back to
the floor of the Senate for a 2nd reading and possible 3rd reading
Carolina House passed bill H-232 also called the "Budget
Revenue Provisions 2001" act. There are all kinds of potential
laws buried in this bill, but section 7 of it, is entitled
"MAKE BOXING COMMISSION INDEPENDENT/ADDITIONAL DUTIES."
thing comes down to this. The NC Government is running short
on the budget. In order to "save" money, someone decided
to take the Boxing Commission out of the general fund and have
it operate on it's own finances. Of course, boxing doesn't generate
much money in North Carolina, so someone figured that wrestling
must make tons of money so it should fund the Boxing Commission.
anyone that promotes or participates in independent wrestling,
knows that is not the case. It is a struggle just to keep a promotion
going finacially. These outrageous fees will make it impossible
for promoter's besides the WWF from promoting in North Carolina.
runs shows infrequently in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and
Fayetteville. They are never going to come to any "small"
towns that currently enjoy indy wrestling. The WWF may choose
to quit running these cities as well due to the high fees eliminating
pro wrestling altogether from the state. Cities, vendors, and
other companies that benefit from the additional revenues caused
by pro wrestling shows will suffer losses as well.
has generalizations that do not reflect the realities of how
pro wrestling is promoted, and the bill likely will not raise
revenue, rather it will eliminate pro wrestling. Additionally,
the bill is so vague and poorly written as it relates to wrestling
it is likely subject to legal actions.
several promoters have already approached legal counsel to prepare
their lawsuits based on the poorly written bill.
worse, is that up coming talent will not be able to hone their
skills to be the next WWF superstars. Matt and Jeff Hardy
wrestled in every small town armory, rec center, high school
gym there is in North Carolina. They developed their skills on
the indy circuit that will be destroyed by this legislation.
YOU CAN DO
5 minutes of your time to save indy wrestling. Call your State
Senator immediately. Tell him nicely and politely that you want
him to represent you by stopping H-232 unless all provisions
regarding pro wrestling are removed. Tell him that H-232 will
eliminate pro wrestling from the state. Tell him that you are
a fan and want to continue to see indy wrestling.
Ask him to please object to H-232.
stress how important it is to act now and to act politely. I
contacted my senator, Hugh Webster. His staff was fantastic about
derail this monster. Tell him thanks too!
has to be read 3 times before a vote can occur.
reading is Monday - June 25 at 7:00pm.
call, FAX, and e-mail your objection to this bill.
below to find your State Senator, his phone numbers, and his
e-mail address. Please note, all e-mails must have phone numbers
or will be disregarded.
Senate Representation by District
the text of the bill for yourself here
House Bill 232
H-232 POINT OF CONTACT
wrestlers, fans, reporters... you can contact Jeff Rudd at
This is what some genius in Raleigh projects that
will generate in new revenues:
this doesn't mention the medical insurance that has to be purchased
for every wrestler by the promoter, nor does it list the $5000
cash bond that has to be placed for an event. Coincidently, the
"penalties" start at $5000.)
(refs, announcers, etc.)
This Boxing Commission
has a total budget of $217,454. Of that, $170,185 is used for salaries and benefits
for three staff members, leaving $47,469 for operating costs. The total
revenue generated in FY99-00, under the current fee structure,
was $43,415. It is unclear how the Commission will generate the
additional funds needed, since they will no longer receive a
General Fund appropriation, and the current and new fees combined will
not generate the amount of the current operating budget.
Makes you wonder
how many $5000 bonds will be forfeited to make up those $56,000+
salaries that will come up short by their own projections.
And do we really
have 2,590 wrestlers in North Carolina??? And 584 referees and
announcers??? All working for 28 promoters?