CHAPTER 444
REGULATION OF BOXING AND MIXED MARTIAL ARTS FIGHTING
444.01   Definitions.
444.02   Licenses and permits.
444.03   Application for license; fee.
444.035   Bond.
444.04   Promoter and club reports.
444.05   Amateur boxing contests.
444.06   Inspectors.
444.09   Conduct of boxing contests regulated.
444.095   Conduct of mixed martial arts fighting contests regulated.
444.10   Physician to examine professional boxing contestants.
444.11   Licenses to matchmakers, referees, contestants, etc.
444.12   Referee to stop contest.
444.13   Sham contests, license revoked.
444.14   Sham contests; contestants penalized; forfeitures; hearing.
444.15   Reports; examination of books and officers.
444.16   Violation, when a misdemeanor.
444.18   Insurance on certain contestants.
444.19   Fee adjustments by rule.
Ch. 444 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See definitions in s. 440.01.
Ch. 444 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 192 Wis. adm. code.
444.01 444.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
444.01(1) (1) "Amateur boxing contest" means a boxing contest or exhibition in which none of the boxers are compensated for participating in the contest or exhibition.
444.01(1g) (1g) "Amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest" means a mixed martial arts fighting contest or exhibition in which none of the fighters are compensated for participating in the contest or exhibition.
444.01(1j) (1j) "Mixed martial arts fighting" does not include any of the following:
444.01(1j)(a) (a) Fighting in which the contestants in a match use the same single form of martial arts, even if the match is part of an event comprising more than one such match and not all the matches in the event use the same single form of martial arts.
444.01(1j)(b) (b) A martial arts match in which the rules prohibit a contestant from striking an opponent's head with the intent to cause unconsciousness or inflict damage.
444.01(1m) (1m) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine and surgery under s. 448.04 (1) (a).
444.01(2) (2) "Professional boxing contest" means a boxing contest or exhibition in which one or more of the boxers is compensated for participating in the contest or exhibition.
444.01(3) (3) "Professional contest" means a professional boxing contest or a professional mixed martial arts fighting contest.
444.01(4) (4) "Professional mixed martial arts fighting contest" means a mixed martial arts fighting contest in which one or more of the fighters is compensated for participating in the contest or exhibition.
444.01 History History: 2003 a. 285; 2009 a. 111; 2011 a. 260 s. 80.
444.02 444.02 Licenses and permits.
444.02(1) (1) The department shall have the sole direction, management, and control of, and jurisdiction over, all professional contests and all amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests conducted within the state by any promoter or club. No club or promoter may conduct professional contests or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests within the state except under authority granted by the department and in accordance with this chapter and the rules of the department.
444.02(2) (2) The department may issue, and for cause limit, suspend, or revoke, a license to conduct professional contests or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests to any promoter or incorporated club formed as provided in this chapter. Every license shall be subject to the department's rules and regulations. The department may limit the number of professional contests and amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests given by any promoter or club in any city, village, or town and may reprimand a promoter or club for violating this chapter or any rule of the department.
444.02(3) (3) No professional contest or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest may be conducted by any licensed club without a permit from the department. An application for a permit shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable $300 processing fee. Every permit shall be conditioned on payment by the promoter or club to the department, within 2 business days after the event for which the permit was issued, of the following fees:
444.02(3)(a) (a) If the number of tickets sold for the event is less than 2,000, an event fee of $450.
444.02(3)(b) (b) If the number of tickets sold for the event is less than 5,000 but more than 1,999, an event fee of $2,200 plus a gate fee equal to the lesser of 5 percent of the total amount collected by the club or promoter in gross ticket sales or $4,000.
444.02(3)(c) (c) If the number of tickets sold for the event is 5,000 or more, an event fee of $4,700 plus a gate fee equal to the lesser of 5 percent of the total amount collected by the club or promoter in gross ticket sales or $12,500.
444.02 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 192 Wis. adm. code.
444.03 444.03 Application for license; fee. No professional contest or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest may be conducted by any promoter or club except by license granted to it by the department. An application for a license shall be in writing, addressed to the department, and verified by the promoter or by an officer of the club. An application shall be accompanied by an annual fee of $500. The application must show that the promoter or club has entered into a valid agreement for the use of the building, amphitheater, or stadium in which contests are to be held.
444.03 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 192 Wis. adm. code.
444.035 444.035 Bond. The department shall by rule require a promoter or club conducting a professional contest or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest to post a bond or other surety in a reasonable amount determined by the department to ensure payment of the promoter's or club's expenses in conducting the contest, including payments to contestants and to the department.
444.035 History History: 2009 a. 111.
444.035 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 192 Wis. adm. code.
444.04 444.04 Promoter and club reports. Within 2 business days after a promoter or club holds a professional contest or amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest, the club shall furnish to the department a written report, verified by the promoter or by one of the club's officers under penalty of perjury, showing the number of tickets sold for the contest, the amount of gross proceeds, and all other information the department requires by rule to be included in the report. The department may limit, suspend, revoke, or assess a forfeiture to the promoter or club for failure to comply with this section or failure to provide accurate information to the department. Any forfeiture collected under this section shall be deposited in the appropriation account under s. 20.165 (1) (jm).
444.05 444.05 Amateur boxing contests. A person may conduct an amateur boxing contest in this state only if the contest is sanctioned by and conducted under the rules of the national governing body for amateur boxing that is recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee under 36 USC 220521.
444.05 History History: 1979 c. 162; 1979 c. 221 s. 2200 (45); 2003 a. 285.
444.06 444.06 Inspectors. The department shall appoint official inspectors, each of whom shall receive a card authorizing the inspector to act wherever the department designates. The department may be, and at least one inspector shall be present at all professional contests and all amateur mixed martial arts fighting contests and see that the rules are strictly observed. Inspectors shall be reimbursed for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. The department may require a promoter or club to pay the cost of designating additional inspectors, who may include a referee or judge performing the duties of an inspector, for an event. The department may require a promoter or club to pay the department an amount not to exceed $250 for each additional inspector designated by the department.
444.06 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. SPS 192 Wis. adm. code.
444.09 444.09 Conduct of boxing contests regulated.
444.09(1) (1) No professional boxing contest shall be for more than 12 rounds, and no round shall last more than 3 minutes.
444.09(2) (2) There shall be one minute intermission between rounds of professional boxing contests.
444.09(3) (3) Gloves weighing not less than 8 ounces shall be worn by contestants who are in professional boxing contests and who weigh under 140 pounds, and not less than 10 ounces by other contestants in boxing contests.
444.09(4) (4) No person under the age of 18 years shall participate in any professional boxing contest.
444.09(5) (5) No betting at any professional boxing contest shall be permitted before, after, or during any such contest, in the building where the contest is held.
444.09(6) (6) Contestants in professional boxing contests shall break clean, and must not hold and hit. Butting with head or shoulders, wrestling, or illegal use of elbows shall not be allowed by contestants in professional boxing contests. There shall be no unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the contestants. This includes the use of abusive or insulting language.
444.09(7) (7) The department may allow or provide for decisions upon professional boxing contests held under this chapter to be made by the referee or by the referee and 2 judges appointed by the department under regulations prescribed by the department.
444.09(9) (9) Except as otherwise specified in this chapter, boxing contests shall be conducted under the Association of Boxing Commissions' uniform boxing rules.
444.095 444.095 Conduct of mixed martial arts fighting contests regulated.
444.095(1)(1) No individual may be a contestant in an amateur mixed martial arts fighting contest unless the individual can provide evidence that he or she is covered by adequate health insurance.
444.095(2) (2) No promoter or club may conduct a mixed martial arts fighting contest unless all of the following apply:
444.095(2)(a) (a) There is present at least one referee who is licensed by the department and at least 3 judges who are licensed by the department.
444.095(2)(b) (b) A physician examines each contestant immediately before and after each match in which the contestant participates.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before Sept. 3, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after Sept. 3, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 9-3-14)