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Re(2): Our Concern is "Jai-Alai" - As We Do It......

Any person removing themselves from our viewership is concerning BUT if the only type of Jai-Alai play you are willing to watch is quiniela play I'm not sure what we else we can do.

I managed 4 "traditional" frontons over a 16 year period. For at least 10 of those years the Jai-Alai product was never self - sustaining. For years players, the Union even many fans believed there was more money somewhere IN SPITE of our handles being public and the percentages, margins & taxes also being public. I thought that it was both noble and a little crazy that someone would venture into this "business" with an eye on the sport after the Florida Gaming Bankruptcy. But the "sport" is not the problem, it is an awesome & beautiful sport.

So anyone who was looking for the preservation of Jai-Alai with a basis in a parimutuel structure indefinitely was being optimistic. Now to be sure Magic City has parimutuel dates for 2022 and we remain hopeful that the parimutuel play of Jai-Alai could become self sustaining but I don't see any way for that to happen without maintaining significant controls on the expense side while simultaneously pursuing every possible opportunity to re-imagine, re-package and, if necessary, re-invent the sport in order to guarantee its survival - which is exactly what we've been doing.

Our dedication is to our players, the sport of Jai-Alai and to those who support our efforts. We do very much appreciate your supporting those efforts. Personally I am far more concerned with people being able to watch a viable form of Jai-Alai & learning what a cesta, carom and chula is than I am with whether they are able to bet a quiniela or trifecta on it (these are my personal thoughts / comments and do not necessarily reflect those of anyone else at Magic City).

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