3773-1-13 Protest of results.

Upon the completion of a any public or private competition that involves the sports of boxing, kick boxing, mixed martial arts karate, tough man contests or tough person contests, or any other form of boxing or martial arts, the results of the match, exhibition or contest may be protested under the following conditions:

(A) To file a protest the protest must show fraud, corruption or a deliberate rule violation.

(B) When there is indisputable video evidence that demonstrates a self evident and palpable error by the referee when a bout ends as a result of a foul, the result of the bout shall be changed to a no contest decision.

(C) The protester must have standing to protest the outcome of the match, or contest. Persons with standing to protest the outcome are the contestant, the contestant's manager, and the contestant's trainer.

(D) The protester must file the protest, in writing, with the commission or the executive director, no later than ten days after the match, or contest being protested. The protest letter shall specify the reason or reasons for the protest with such particularity as to enable the commission to quickly and accurately act upon the protest. Filing may be by personal delivery or US postal service and is deemed complete upon receipt by the commission or executive director.

(E) The protester must supply the commission with a videotaped recording of the contestant's entire match, or contest, if such a recording is available, at the time of filing the protest. The videotape shall become part of the permanent record of the commission and shall not be returned.

(F) Upon receipt of the protest the commission shall have sixty days in which to investigate the allegations contained in the protest. Upon completion of the investigation the findings and recommendations shall be presented to the commission at the next scheduled public meeting. The commission will then vote on the findings and recommendations. The findings, recommendations, and commission vote shall be made a permanent record of the commission and shall be final.

(G) A letter detailing the findings and recommendations of the investigation, the vote of the commission, and the actions to be taken will be sent to the protester by regular mail within fourteen days of the meeting in paragraph (D) of this rule.

(H) This rule specifically excludes protests of professional wrestling and any other matches or contests over which sections 3773.31 to 3773.57 of the Revised Code do not apply.

Effective: 01/01/2012
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/14/2011 and 01/01/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 3773.34
Rule Amplifies: 3773.53
Prior Effective Dates: 7/31/99, 2/17/05, 1/17/08, 1/22/10