ASSOCIATION OF BOXING COMMISSIONS
“PROFESSIONAL BOXING SAFETY ACT OF 1996” / “MUHAMMAD ALI BOXING REFORM ACT”
[TITLE 15, CHAPTER 89, UNITED STATES CODE]
§ 6301. Definitions
For purposes of this chapter:
The term “boxer” means an individual who fights in a professional boxing match.
(A)  The term “boxing commission” means an entity authorized under State law to regulate professional boxing matches.
The term “boxer registry” means any entity certified by the Association of Boxing Commissions for the purposes of maintaining records and identification of boxers.
The term “licensee” means an individual who serves as a trainer, second, or cut man for a boxer.
The term “manager” means a person who receives compensation for service as an agent or representative of a boxer.
The term “matchmaker” means a person that proposes, selects, and arranges the boxers to participate in a professional boxing match.
The term “physician” means a doctor of medicine legally authorized to practice medicine by the State in which the physician performs such function or action.
The term “professional boxing match” means a boxing contest held in the United States between individuals for financial compensation. Such term does not include a boxing contest that is regulated by an amateur sports organization.
The term “promoter” means the person primarily responsible for organizing, promoting, and producing a professional boxing match. The term “promoter” does not include a hotel, casino, resort, or other commercial establishment hosting or sponsoring a professional boxing match unless—
The term “State” means each of the 50 States, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and any territory or possession of the United States, including the Virgin Islands.
The term “effective date of the contract” means the day upon which a boxer becomes legally bound by the contract.
The term “boxing service provider” means a promoter, manager, sanctioning body, licensee, or matchmaker.
The term “contract provision” means any legal obligation between a boxer and a boxing service provider.
The term “sanctioning organization” means an organization that sanctions professional boxing matches in the United States—
The term “suspension” includes within its meaning the revocation of a boxing license.
 So in original. No subpar. (B) has been enacted.
§ 6302. Purposes
The purposes of this chapter are—
(1) to improve and expand the system of safety precautions that protects the welfare of professional boxers; and
(2) to assist State boxing commissions to provide proper oversight for the professional boxing industry in the United States.
§ 6303. Boxing matches in States without boxing commissions
(a) No person may arrange, promote, organize, produce, or fight in a professional boxing match held in a State that does not have a boxing commission unless the match is supervised by a boxing commission from another State and subject to the most recent version of the recommended regulatory guidelines certified and published by the Association of Boxing Commissions as well as any additional relevant professional boxing regulations and requirements of such other State.
§ 6304. Safety standards
No person may arrange, promote, organize, produce, or fight in a professional boxing match without meeting each of the following requirements or an alternative requirement in effect under regulations of a boxing commission that provides equivalent protection of the health and safety of boxers:
(1) A physical examination of each boxer by a physician certifying whether or not the boxer is physically fit to safely compete, copies of which must be provided to the boxing commission.
(2) Except as otherwise expressly provided under regulation of a boxing commission promulgated subsequent to October 9, 1996, an ambulance or medical personnel with appropriate resuscitation equipment continuously present on site.
(3) A physician continuously present at ringside.
(4) Health insurance for each boxer to provide medical coverage for any injuries sustained in the match.
§ 6305. Registration
Each boxer shall register with—
(b) Identification card
A boxing commission shall issue to each professional boxer who registers in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, an identification card that contains each of the following:
Each professional boxer shall renew his or her identification card at least once every 4 years.
Each professional boxer shall present his or her identification card to the appropriate boxing commission not later than the time of the weigh-in for a professional boxing match.
It is the sense of the Congress that a boxing commission should, upon issuing an identification card to a boxer under subsection (b)(1) of this section, make a health and safety disclosure to that boxer as that commission considers appropriate. The health and safety disclosure should include the health and safety risks associated with boxing, and, in particular, the risk and frequency of brain injury and the advisability that a boxer periodically undergo medical procedures designed to detect brain injury.
§ 6306. Review
Each boxing commission shall establish each of the following procedures:
(1) Procedures to evaluate the professional records and physician’s certification of each boxer participating in a professional boxing match in the State, and to deny authorization for a boxer to fight where appropriate.
(2) Procedures to ensure that, except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, no boxer is permitted to box while under suspension from any boxing commission due to—
(3) Procedures to review a suspension where appealed by a boxer, licensee, manager, matchmaker, promoter, or other boxing service provider, including an opportunity for a boxer to present contradictory evidence.
(b) Suspension in another State
A boxing commission may allow a boxer who is under suspension in any State to participate in a professional boxing match—
(1) for any reason other than those listed in subsection (a) of this section if such commission notifies in writing and consults with the designated official of the suspending State’s boxing commission prior to the grant of approval for such individual to participate in that professional boxing match; or
(2) if the boxer appeals to the Association of Boxing Commissions, and the Association of Boxing Commissions determines that the suspension of such boxer was without sufficient grounds, for an improper purpose, or not related to the health and safety of the boxer or the purposes of this chapter.
§ 6307. Reporting
Not later than 48 business hours after the conclusion of a professional boxing match, the supervising boxing commission shall report the results of such boxing match and any related suspensions to each boxer registry.
§ 6307a. Contract requirements
Within 2 years after May 26, 2000, the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) shall develop and shall approve by a vote of no less than a majority of its member State boxing commissioners, guidelines for minimum contractual provisions that should be included in bout agreements and boxing contracts. It is the sense of the Congress that State boxing commissions should follow these ABC guidelines.
§ 6307b. Protection from coercive contracts
(a) General rule
(B) A coercive provision described in this subparagraph is a contract provision that grants any rights between a boxer and a promoter, or between promoters with respect to a boxer, if the boxer is required to grant such rights, or a boxer’s promoter is required to grant such rights with respect to a boxer to another promoter, as a condition precedent to the boxer’s participation in a professional boxing match against another boxer who is under contract to the promoter.
(2) This subsection shall only apply to contracts entered into after May 26, 2000.
(3) No subsequent contract provision extending any rights or compensation covered in paragraph (1) shall be enforceable against a boxer if the effective date of the contract containing such provision is earlier than 3 months before the expiration of the relevant time period set forth in paragraph (1).
(b) Promotional rights under mandatory bout contracts
No boxing service provider may require a boxer to grant any future promotional rights as a requirement of competing in a professional boxing match that is a mandatory bout under the rules of a sanctioning organization.
(c) Protection from coercive contracts with broadcasters
Subsection (a) of this section applies to any contract between a commercial broadcaster and a boxer, or granting any rights with respect to that boxer, involving a broadcast in or affecting interstate commerce, regardless of the broadcast medium. For the purpose of this subsection, any reference in subsection (a)(1)(B) of this section to “promoter” shall be considered a reference to “commercial broadcaster”.
§ 6307c. Sanctioning organizations
(a) Objective criteria
Within 2 years after May 26, 2000, the Association of Boxing Commissions shall develop and shall approve by a vote of no less than a majority of its member State boxing commissioners, guidelines for objective and consistent written criteria for the ratings of professional boxers. It is the sense of the Congress that sanctioning bodies and State boxing commissions should follow these ABC guidelines.
(b) Appeals process
A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, in connection with a boxing match, until it provides the boxers with notice that the sanctioning organization shall, within 7 days after receiving a request from a boxer questioning that organization’s rating of the boxer—
(1) provide to the boxer a written explanation of the organization’s criteria, its rating of the boxer, and the rationale or basis for its rating (including a response to any specific questions submitted by the boxer); and
(2) submit a copy of its explanation to the Association of Boxing Commissions.
(c) Notification of change in rating
A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, in connection with a boxing match, until, with respect to a change in the rating of a boxer previously rated by such organization in the top 10 boxers, the organization—
A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match unless, not later than January 31 of each year, it submits to the Federal Trade Commission and to the ABC—
A sanctioning organization shall—
The Federal Trade Commission shall make information received under this subsection available to the public. The Commission may assess sanctioning organizations a fee to offset the costs it incurs in processing the information and making it available to the public.
(4) Internet alternative
In lieu of submitting the information required by paragraph (1) to the Federal Trade Commission, a sanctioning organization may provide the information to the public by maintaining a website on the Internet that—
§ 6307d. Required disclosures to State boxing commissions by sanctioning organizations
A sanctioning organization shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match until it provides to the boxing commission responsible for regulating the match in a State a statement of—
(1) all charges, fees, and costs the organization will assess any boxer participating in that match;
(2) all payments, benefits, complimentary benefits, and fees the organization will receive for its affiliation with the event, from the promoter, host of the event, and all other sources; and
(3) such additional information as the commission may require.
§ 6307e. Required disclosures for promoters
(a) Disclosures to the boxing commissions
A promoter shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match until it provides to the boxing commission responsible for regulating the match in a State a statement of—
(1) a copy of any agreement in writing to which the promoter is a party with any boxer participating in the match;
(2) a statement made under penalty of perjury that there are no other agreements, written or oral, between the promoter and the boxer with respect to that match; and
(A) all fees, charges, and expenses that will be assessed by or through the promoter on the boxer pertaining to the event, including any portion of the boxer’s purse that the promoter will receive, and training expenses;
(b) Disclosures to the boxer
A promoter shall not be entitled to receive any compensation directly or indirectly in connection with a boxing match until it provides to the boxer it promotes—
(1) the amounts of any compensation or consideration that a promoter has contracted to receive from such match;
(2) all fees, charges, and expenses that will be assessed by or through the promoter on the boxer pertaining to the event, including any portion of the boxer’s purse that the promoter will receive, and training expenses; and
(3) any reduction in a boxer’s purse contrary to a previous agreement between the promoter and the boxer or a purse bid held for the event.
(c) Information to be available to State Attorney General
A promoter shall make information required to be disclosed under this section available to the chief law enforcement officer of the State in which the match is to be held upon request of such officer.
§ 6307f. Required disclosures for judges and referees
A judge or referee shall not be entitled to receive any compensation, directly or indirectly, in connection with a boxing match until it provides to the boxing commission responsible for regulating the match in a State a statement of all consideration, including reimbursement for expenses, that will be received from any source for participation in the match.
§ 6307g. Confidentiality
(a) In general
Neither a boxing commission or  an Attorney General may disclose to the public any matter furnished by a promoter under section 6307e of this title except to the extent required in a legal, administrative, or judicial proceeding.
(b) Effect of contrary State law
If a State law governing a boxing commission requires that information that would be furnished by a promoter under section 6307e of this title shall be made public, then a promoter is not required to file such information with such State if the promoter files such information with the ABC.
 So in original. Probably should be “nor”.
§ 6307h. Judges and referees
No person may arrange, promote, organize, produce, or fight in a professional boxing match unless all referees and judges participating in the match have been certified and approved by the boxing commission responsible for regulating the match in the State where the match is held.
§ 6308. Conflicts of interest
(a) Regulatory personnel
No member or employee of a boxing commission, no person who administers or enforces State boxing laws, and no member of the Association of Boxing Commissions may belong to, contract with, or receive any compensation from, any person who sanctions, arranges, or promotes professional boxing matches or who otherwise has a financial interest in an active boxer currently registered with a boxer registry. For purposes of this section, the term “compensation” does not include funds held in escrow for payment to another person in connection with a professional boxing match. The prohibition set forth in this section shall not apply to any contract entered into, or any reasonable compensation received, by a boxing commission to supervise a professional boxing match in another State as described in section 6303 of this title.
(b) Firewall between promoters and managers
(1) In general
It is unlawful for—
(A) a promoter to have a direct or indirect financial interest in the management of a boxer; or
(B) a manager—
(c) Sanctioning organizations
(1) Prohibition on receipts
Except as provided in paragraph (2), no officer or employee of a sanctioning organization may receive any compensation, gift, or benefit, directly or indirectly, from a promoter, boxer, or manager.
Paragraph (1) does not apply to—
(A) the receipt of payment by a promoter, boxer, or manager of a sanctioning organization’s published fee for sanctioning a professional boxing match or reasonable expenses in connection therewith if the payment is reported to the responsible boxing commission; or
§ 6309. Enforcement
Whenever the Attorney General of the United States has reasonable cause to believe that a person is engaged in a violation of this chapter, the Attorney General may bring a civil action in the appropriate district court of the United States requesting such relief, including a permanent or temporary injunction, restraining order, or other order, against the person, as the Attorney General determines to be necessary to restrain the person from continuing to engage in, sanction, promote, or otherwise participate in a professional boxing match in violation of this chapter.
(b) Criminal penalties
(1) Managers, promoters, matchmakers, and licensees
Any manager, promoter, matchmaker, and licensee who knowingly violates, or coerces or causes any other person to violate, any provision of this chapter, other than section 6307a (b), 6307b, 6307c, 6307d, 6307e, 6307f, or 6307h of this title, shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned for not more than 1 year or fined not more than $20,000, or both.
(2) Violation of antiexploitation, sanctioning organization, or disclosure provisions
Any person who knowingly violates any provision of section 6307a (b), 6307b, 6307c, 6307d, 6307e, 6307f, or 6307hof this title shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned for not more than 1 year or fined not more than—
(A) $100,000; and
(B) if a violation occurs in connection with a professional boxing match the gross revenues for which exceed $2,000,000, an additional amount which bears the same ratio to $100,000 as the amount of such revenues compared to $2,000,000, or both.
(3) Conflict of interest
Any member or employee of a boxing commission, any person who administers or enforces State boxing laws, and any member of the Association of Boxing Commissions who knowingly violates section 6308 (a) of this title shall, upon conviction, be imprisoned for not more than 1 year or fined not more than $20,000, or both.
Any boxer who knowingly violates any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be fined not more than $1,000.
(c) Actions by States
Whenever the chief law enforcement officer of any State has reason to believe that a person or organization is engaging in practices which violate any requirement of this chapter, the State, as parens patriae, may bring a civil action on behalf of its residents in an appropriate district court of the United States—
(1) to enjoin the holding of any professional boxing match which the practice involves;
(2) to enforce compliance with this chapter;
(d) Private right of action
Any boxer who suffers economic injury as a result of a violation of any provision of this chapter may bring an action in the appropriate Federal or State court and recover the damages suffered, court costs, and reasonable attorneys fees and expenses.
Nothing in this chapter authorizes the enforcement of—
(1) any provision of this chapter against the Federal Trade Commission, the United States Attorney General, or the chief legal officer of any State for acting or failing to act in an official capacity;
(3) section 6307b of this title against a boxer acting in his capacity as a boxer.
 So in original. Section 6307a does not contain a subsec. (b).
§ 6310. Notification of supervising boxing commission
Each promoter who intends to hold a professional boxing match in a State that does not have a boxing commission shall, not later than 14 days before the intended date of that match, provide written notification to the supervising boxing commission designated under section 6303 of this title. Such notification shall contain each of the following:
(1) Assurances that, with respect to that professional boxing match, all applicable requirements of this chapter will be met.
(2) The name of any person who, at the time of the submission of the notification—
(A) is under suspension from a boxing commission; and
(3) For any individual listed under paragraph (2), the identity of the boxing commission that issued the suspension described in paragraph (2)(A).
§ 6311. Studies
The Secretary of Labor shall conduct a study on the feasibility and cost of a national pension system for boxers, including potential funding sources.
(b) Health, safety, and equipment
The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall conduct a study to develop recommendations for health, safety, and equipment standards for boxers and for professional boxing matches.
Not later than one year after October 9, 1996, the Secretary of Labor shall submit a report to the Congress on the findings of the study conducted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Not later than 180 days after October 9, 1996, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall submit a report to the Congress on the findings of the study conducted pursuant to subsection (b) of this section.
§ 6312. Professional boxing matches conducted on Indian reservations
For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:
(1) Indian tribe
The term “reservation” means the geographically defined area over which a tribal organization exercises governmental jurisdiction.
(3) Tribal organization
(1) In general
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a tribal organization of an Indian tribe may, upon the initiative of the tribal organization—
(A) regulate professional boxing matches held within the reservation under the jurisdiction of that tribal organization; and
(B) carry out that regulation or enter into a contract with a boxing commission to carry out that regulation.
(2) Standards and licensing
If a tribal organization regulates professional boxing matches pursuant to paragraph (1), the tribal organization shall, by tribal ordinance or resolution, establish and provide for the implementation of health and safety standards, licensing requirements, and other requirements relating to the conduct of professional boxing matches that are at least as restrictive as—
(A) the otherwise applicable standards and requirements of a State in which the reservation is located; or
(B) the most recently published version of the recommended regulatory guidelines certified and published by the Association of Boxing Commissions.
§ 6313. Relationship with State law
Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit a State from adopting or enforcing supplemental or more stringent laws or regulations not inconsistent with this chapter, or criminal, civil, or administrative fines for violations of such laws or regulations.