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Re(5): MC 2020 looking forward to it

And it all goes back to the late 80s strike. What it did is it turned off the casual fan, and thousands of them, in many states, made jai alai's 200k-500k a night in house handle occur. I went to Bridgeport and Milford regularly from the early 80s to late 90s, as did perhaps 250 others. But we were, on average, if you saw us as "one group" just 10% max of their crowd in the heyday era, and likely no more than 15-20% of the handle.

All para-mutual pools rely on keeping the wheel spinning, a/k/a maintaining crowd sizes. The key were the 80-90% of the crowd who attended once a month, or perhaps 3 times a year, keeping the wheel spinning. The behavior exhibited towards the fans during the strike was beyond unacceptable. It was self-destructive also. The downward spiral begun by that strike never stopped.

Walking out each game, while the crowd ignores you, which it did even in the heyday after game 1's walk, will not change that downward spiral.



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