Many have addressed the issue of Mixed Martial Arts as a violent blood sport that promotes violence in our society. On the other hand, martial artists have long claimed that martial arts promote peace of the mind and therefore a peaceful society. Using police data from Chicago, I analyze the effect of the biggest Mixed Martial Arts organization’s (UFC) PPV shows on crimes. I controlled for many variables such as time, day of the week, holidays, unemployment and more. The results indicate that viewing Mixed Martial Arts neither increases nor decreases crimes. The implications of such results are that bans on the sport in certain states or countries should be lifted as there are many positives a popular televised Mixed Martial Arts event can bring such as tax revenues, media attention, and entertainment for its viewers.
Reports on a meeting convened by the Center for Research Libraries on July 10, 2009, in Chicago for representatives of more than a dozen library consortia and other organizations with an interest in shaping a national approach to long-term preservation of and access to print collections.