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Re(3): 1968 Strike

I agree with most of this as it relates to 88 but think it lacks nuance. I have very little knowledge in 68 as the players who experienced it spoke of it do little. Definite bitterness ... maybe regrets

One certainty about 88 was competition (casino). Many feel that jai alai had no chance to compete but I disagree. I believe that jai alai could have adapted by having less frontons, less overhead and better promotion. There were many loyal fans who would have stayed any promotion could have created new ones. CT, in particular, did a poor job at dispelling the “fix” misperception and connecting with fans - old and new The perfect storm was completed by a union movement that was driven by a narcissistic vendetta-like mentality from leadership. The majority of players were kind, intelligent, Proud and close knit people who were caught up in a gang mentality... rather a community trap. I knew dozens of players who wanted the strike and violence to stop but could not even voice their opinion for fear of being out-casted from their “family”. Leadership withheld key information From membership , and instead , replaced sound decision making with a battle cry to defy, fight , ruin. Fans were spat on, Molotov cocktails thrown, nail boards thrown in the street , personal threats , shouting “whore” at Female patrons and, in a particularly ill- advised circumstance, chanting that the GM of Bpt was the equivalent of Hitler ( if course he was Jewish ). One need not be a historian to understand how the later is idiotic and could only create seethe within your negotiating opponent - it was awful on an epic scale. This was all about the leadership and not the people but , my god, can you imagine a negotiation going well with this behavior? Management had their faults , of course, but the aforementioned behavior left agreement with management impossible, destroyed the fan base and, rather than giving JA a chance to adapt, killed it. Perfectly done - JA now dead In the U S and the livelihoods with it. 1988 killed the wounded sport


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