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Re(1): And So As To Not Be Hypocritical.... & The Silvermark Quote.....

There were many people who loved jai alai but also were not privileged to understanding how the business of jai alai is run. They just knew World Jai Alai had owned Miami, Tampa, Ocala, Ft.Peirce and N.Miami Amatuer and then along come the Collett's who bought them out and then started to sell off everything we all loved. At the time no one realized these properties were being sold to keep the lights on. People just saw it going away piece by piece. There is a prevailing attitude that it is taboo to ask what a certain jai alai players salary is. Players salaries are common knowledge among all other professional sports except jai alai, so no one knew what the Colletts were responsible for paying.

I also blamed the Collett's for killing off Tampa jai alai and all the rest until I was educated by someone who knew what was really happening, then it made sense to me and I no longer thought of them as the bad guys who ruined jai alai.

Fl Gaming never put out a press release telling all of us why the properties were being sold but in fairness it wasnt their responsibility either. With no information to go on people were left to draw their own conclusions.


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