Re(4): Where have all the Flowers Gone Posted on August 2, 2019 at 02:38:31 PM by TommyK8
It's not just jai-alai. Like the dinosaurs, things that don't evolve can go extinct. It's very sad to say, but it is an unfortunate reality.
40 years ago, you had to stand if you did not get to Bridgeport Jai-Alai before 7 p.m. on a Saturday night.
20 years ago, most new release movies were all rented out if you didn't get to Blockbuster by 7 p.m. There were tons of people there every single night of the week.
Lots of cars at the drive in movies in the 70's as well.
Now all of these things are almost totally extinct. There is one Blockbuster left in the entire USA.
I love the sport of jai-alai, it is a thing of beauty to watch and I am sorry that it didn't make it. Some of it was the strike, but most of it was changing consumer tastes. They could not compete against the casinos. In the 1990's, the casinos were brand new. No charge to park. No charge to get in. Drinks were comped. They gave you points on your card every time you played slots or a table game so you could have a free meal. If you gambled a bit more, they comped or heavily discounted hotel rooms, and tickets to major headliners in concerts. Jai-alai simply could not compete with that.
Anyone ever get a free hot dog or ice cream cone or a beer at jai-alai? I used to bet $20-30 or more per game when I used to go to jai alai all the time and they never knew my name or gave any kind of incentive.
The only way that jai-alai could ever be resurrected is if someone came up with some kind of exciting new game format where fans would get non-stop action and could win significant money. The Spectacular 7 or 9 is just not a format that can compete with slots, table games, lottery, etc. You can see that by the places like Dania and Miami where people are coming, just not to bet on jai-alai. Replies: