Statutes and Regulations

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 4. BUSINESS REGULATIONS
DIVISION 2. STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION

CHAPTER 1. PROFESSIONAL BOXING RULES

ARTICLE 4. CONDUCT OF PROMOTIONS

§ 240. Approval Of Contestants.

(a) All boxing contests shall be approved by the executive officer or his designee. Main event contracts shall be placed on file with the commission for approval at least 72 hours prior to the event unless an exception is made by the executive officer or his designee. Contracts for all other boxers contending on the card shall be filed prior to the scheduled weigh-in time for the event unless an exception is made by the executive officer or his designee. No promoter may release the names of contestants to the media or otherwise publicize a contest unless a contract has been executed between the parties and the contest is approved by the executive officer or his designee.

(b) The grounds for denial of a promoter's request to hold a boxing contest are as follows:

(1) The failure of the promoter or any person connected with the promotion and under the jurisdiction of the commission to comply with any statute or rule regulating boxing in California.

(2) The contest would tend to be a mismatch based on the record, experience, skill and condition of the contestants.

(3) The commission does not have adequate staff to enforce the statutes and rules regulating boxing enacted and adopted to protect the health, safety and welfare of the participants and consumers and guarantee the collection of revenue due to the state from the contest and all ancillary rights incidental thereto.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641, 18642, 18661 and 18665, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 4-12-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 15).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 241. Approval Of 12- Or 15- Round Contests.

No club may schedule or advertise a 12-round contest or a 15-round championship boxing contest without written approval of the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18720, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 242. Number Of Rounds Scheduled.

Clubs shall not schedule less than 26 rounds of boxing, nor more than 40 rounds, except with the approval of the commission for any one program. A standby bout shall be provided in the event an arranged card breaks down, and if it is necessary to put on another bout in order to meet the minimum requirement.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18725, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 243. Matches By Whom Made.

No match shall be made on behalf of any club or promoter except by the promoter, or a licensed matchmaker or assistant matchmaker.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18641, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 246. Postponement.

If, through inclement weather (in case of any outdoor show) or other happening not within the control of the club, a postponement becomes necessary, the commission may grant an extension of the contracts and set a new date, and the action of the commission if a show called off shall be binding upon all parties to the contracts. A small advance sale shall not be regarded as legitimate reason for a postponement. Indoor boxing and wrestling shows shall not be canceled for any reason except with the written approval of the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 247. Notice of Change In Program.

Notice of any change in announced or advertised programs for any main event boxing contest shall be filed with the commission and the press at least 24 hours before the contest. Notice of such change or substitution shall also be conspicuously posted at the box office, and announced from the ring before the opening contest. If any of the patrons desire to have the price of their tickets refunded, such refund shall be made immediately if the tickets or the ticket stubs are presented at the box office.

The box office shall remain open a reasonable length of time to redeem such tickets.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 248. Substitutions.

Substitutions shall not be permitted in a main event contest except in cases of emergency where the commission finds such action is justified and then only where the substitute has been approved by the commission in accordance with these rules.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Repealer and new section filed 6-11-84; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 84, No. 24).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 249. Substitute Boxers.

If a substitute boxer who is requested to appear at any club for any show is not used, he shall be used on the next succeeding show staged by the club or shall be reimbursed by the club for training expenses and transportation.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 252. Solicitation In Arena.

No soliciting of any kind by any individual or organization shall be allowed in any boxing or wrestling arena without the written permission of the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640 and 18641, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 253. Drinks.

Clubs shall be responsible to see that all drinks are dispensed in paper cups.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 254. Introduction From Ring.

No person other than a boxer, wrestler, or person officially identified with the sport, shall be introduced from the ring, except with specific authority from the commission representative.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

ARTICLE 5. CONTROL OF SALES; REVENUE

§ 260. Approval Of Sale Of Tickets.

The sale of tickets to an event is prohibited until there is a current seating plan on file with the commission applicable to the event's arena. Any change in the seating plan submitted also shall be filed prior to the sale of any tickets intended for use with the changed arrangement.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641, 18661, 18665 and 18700, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 261. Complimentary Tickets.

(a) No club or employee shall sell complimentary tickets. All clubs shall be held responsible for the actions of their employees in this connection.

(b) A complimentary ticket is a priced flat ticket for which no charge is made. Complimentary tickets shall be overstamped with the wording "Complimentary-Not to be sold" on the printed face of the ticket. The overstamp shall include the stub end of the ticket retained by the ticket holder. The promoter shall retain a clipped end of each complimentary ticket in the box-office.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 262. Courtesy Passes.

(a) Upon receipt of written permission from the commission, licensed clubs may issue script, exchange slips, courtesy or advertising passes or such other types of passes as may be approved by the commission.

Approved passes shall have plainly printed thereon the date of the show, as well as the value and the number of seats to which the pass entitles the bearer thereof. The pass shall be exchanged at the box office for a ticket and the holder shall present such ticket for admission to the ticket taker at the door, the rest of the ticket other than the stub, remaining in the box office to be checked as unsold tickets against the passes in the locked ticket boxes. Both ends of the ticket and the pass must be punched or clipped.

(b) If a club issues passes good only for general admission tickets, such passes shall be printed as specified above. The bearer shall exchange the pass for a ticket which shall be sold from a special roll, the ticket shall be presented for admission to the ticket taker, who shall deposit it in the locked ticket box and passes shall remain in the ticket office, to be checked as unsold tickets against the number of tickets taken from the special roll as shown by the opening and closing numbers. No pass shall be issued for more than one general admission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18824 and 18872, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 263. Ancillary Rights.

Whenever a club, promoter, matchmaker, assistant matchmaker or anyone else acting for or under the management or control of the club is negotiating for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of broadcasting and television rights of a contest, match, or exhibition, the club shall file with the commission no later than three days before the contest, match or exhibition a copy of any and all contracts which exist at the time for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of such rights. If no such contract is in existence at that time then the club shall file a statement under penalty of perjury setting forth the gross price or value which the club reasonably anticipates receiving directly or indirectly for such rights.

In addition to suspension, revocation, or fine, if a club violates this rule, the commission or its duly authorized representative may withhold from the club's gross receipts sufficient funds to cover any taxes which may reasonably be anticipated to be due pursuant to Section 18824 of the code.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 264. Admission Of Employees, Press, Commission Members.

No person other than a representative of a commission shall have the right of admission without a ticket for value, complimentary ticket or pass.

For purposes of computing whether the total number of complimentary tickets exceeds twenty-five percent (25%) of the total number of spectators pursuant to Section 18824, a complimentary ticket issued to any person listed below shall be excluded from the calculation of the twenty-five percent (25%) threshold.

(a) Bona fide employees of the management of the club and municipal or county officers on official business. Bona fide employees are:

(1)Those persons, including directors and officers, regularly employed by, or under contract to, the club or regularly engaged in work in business transacted there, when their duties require admission to the place, and when on duty at the time admitted; and

(2) Other persons whose admission to the place is required for the performance of some duty to, or work for, the management of the club.

(b) Newspaper reporters, photographers, telegraphers, and radio announcers, assigned to work by their recognized employers or superiors, policemen and firemen in uniform and on duty, and persons of similar vocation who are admitted with a complimentary ticket to any club for the performance of special duties in connection with any event and whose special duties are the sole reason for their presence and free admission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18641 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Editorial correction of NOTE (Register 90, No. 21).

3. New second paragraph, amendment of subsections (a), (a)(1) and (b), and repealer of subsection (c) filed 11-12-96; operative 12-12-96 (Register 96, No. 46).

§ 266. Printing Of Tickets.

All tickets shall have the price, the name of the club and date of show printed or date stamped plainly thereon.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 267. Reduced Price Tickets.

Any ticket for a boxing event sold for less than the printed price thereon shall be overstamped with the actual price charged. The overstamp shall be placed on the printed face of the ticket as well as the stub retained by the ticket holder.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 268. Color Of Tickets.

Tickets of different prices shall be printed on cardboard of different colors. Use of passout tickets is prohibited unless the club receives written permission from the commission to use them.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 269. Ticket Inventories.

Promoters shall use only tickets from a printer approved by the commission or its authorized representative. Printers shall send by mail to the district office and to the Sacramento commission office a sworn inventory of all tickets delivered to any club. This inventory shall account for any overprints, changes or extras, and a printer's sample shall be attached. Promoters shall notify printers of this requirement.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18872, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Amendment filed 4-12-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 15).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 271. Exchanges.

No exchange of tickets shall be made except at the box office, and no ticket shall be redeemed after the show has taken place. Tickets in the hands of agencies shall be returned to the box office not later than one hour after the show has started.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 272. Refunds.

Every club holding either boxing or martial arts matches shall have printed on the stub of every ticket sold the following statement:

"Retain this coupon in event of postponement or cancellation. Refund $ _____."

The price paid for the ticket shall be printed in the foregoing blank space, and the coupon detached and returned to the ticket holder at the entrance gate. This coupon check shall also show the name of the club and date of the contest or exhibition, and shall be redeemed at its face value by the club upon presentation by the purchaser if the advertised main event is postponed or does not take place as advertised. The surety bond shall be conditioned upon the compliance by the club with the provisions of this rule.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18681, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Amendment filed 10-30-95; operative 10-30-95 pursuant to Government Code section 11343.4(d) (Register 95, No. 44).

§ 273. Ticket Stubs.

Under no circumstances shall a ticket holder be passed through the gate without having the ticket separated from the stub, or be allowed to occupy a seat unless in possession of the ticket stub. The ticket taker at the door shall separate the ticket from the stub and deposit the ticket in the locked ticket box provided.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640 and 18824, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 274. Seats To Correspond To Tickets.

Ushers shall see that spectators get the seats corresponding with their ticket stubs, and that anyone occupying such seat unlawfully be asked to vacate, and if necessary be ejected.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 18640, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 276. Counting Tickets.

The commission representative shall check numbers and places of ticket cans at gates and cause them to be sealed and padlocked, and after the show have them opened and tickets counted under his supervision.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18825 and 18872, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 277. Destruction of Tickets.

Tickets and stubs of every description sold or unsold, other than unsold reel tickets, used for any boxing contest or wrestling exhibition shall be removed to the commission district office for audit, if necessary, by a representative of the commission after the promoter and representative have completed computation of gate receipts and taxes due thereon. In the event tickets are not taken by a commission representative they shall be retained by the promoters for a period not to exceed six months. Such tickets may be destroyed after they have been held for at least 30 days and written permission has been granted by the commission for the destruction of such tickets. Tickets shall be kept in separate packages for each show in order that an audit can be made at any time by the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18825, 18826 and 18872, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

2. Editorial correction restoring inadvertently omitted Authority and Reference cites and History (Register 95, No. 8).

§ 278. Show Reports.

Every club shall when applicable, submit within 72 hours after the determination of every contest, match or exhibition for which an admission fee is charged and received, the following reports and documents on forms approved by the commission for each promotion it conducts or holds:

(a) Contracts between club and boxers.

(b) Club report of tax.

(c) Itemized statement under penalty of perjury of specific receipts and specific disbursements to contestants.

(d) Itemized and specific statement under penalty of perjury showing the number of tickets issued or sold, the amount of the gross receipts of value thereof, and the gross price charged directly or indirectly and no matter by whom received for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of broadcasting and television rights, and the name and business address of the person or entity from whom value has been received for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of such rights.

(e) A written contract setting forth the gross price charged directly or indirectly, and no matter by whom, received for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of broadcasting and television rights, and the name and business address of the person or entity from whom value has been received for the sale, lease, transfer, or other exploitation of such rights. No oral contracts shall be accepted by the commission.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18824 and 18832, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New subsection (e) filed 6-17-85; effective thirtieth day thereafter (Register 85, No. 25).

2. Change without regulatory effect of NOTE (Register 87, No. 5).

§ 279. Videotaping.

(a) A promoter or his, her or its agent or employee shall obtain the name, address and telephone number of any person who records all or part of a boxing contest on videotape. As a condition to granting permission to videotape a boxing contest, a promoter shall also obtain the consent of such a person to obtain a copy of any videotape made of the contest if necessary to comply with a request made by the commission under subs. (b) for a copy of videotape.

(b) If requested by the commission, a promoter shall be responsible for providing the commission with a copy of any available videotape or other reproduction of a boxing contest which is made with the permission of the promoter. Such a request shall be made by the commission within 30 days after the date of the contest. The promoter shall comply with the request within 30 days of the date on which the commission's request is postmarked.

(c) Any copies made under such a request shall be at the commission's expense.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 18611 Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 18640, 18824 and 18825, Business and Professions Code.

HISTORY:

1. New section filed 10-24-90; operative 11-23-90 (Register 90, No. 47).