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Matt DiDomizio has another big tournament at his palace that will launch this Friday evening at 6:30pm. The “fronton” is located in Berlin Connecticut and no betting is allowed.
About 25 players have signed up to play, including a group of eight jetting up from the Tampa Bay area. The Spring 2023 event will once again fall on another anniversary of the cancha, an achievement in itself.
There is a big twist to this event – the Friday night Spec 9 performance will feature quinella style Singles action for the first time as opposed to doubles.
There are 6 entries in the early games and 11 entries for the late games. The Matt ball will drop at 6:30pm for Game 1. Guest coming to watch will be asked for a $10 donation to the court on Friday night only.
Saturday’s performance will begin bright and early at 9am. There will be two division of 6 teams in the first division and 9 teams in the second division. It will be Partido play, and Playoffs will be held after each first round. It is estimated that the first group will be on from 9-10:30 am, with the next group about 11am till 12:30pm then the 3rd group around 12:30–2pm. Then the playoffs.
On the final day of action, Sunday, April 30th, it will strictly be Partido’s – up to 21 points per game. Currently, there are 7 games lined up for that event. Start time is early again – about 9am.
In other words, if your signed up, you will get plenty of playing time.
Here are the sheets for each day – starting with the Friday night:
I’ve been a jai-alai fan since Bridgeport opened in the mid-1970s. The game fascinates. I saw many of the greats as a kid. Little did I realize back in the late 1970s the strength and skill of the Bridgeport lineup. Even though many were at their peak or past their prime, the skill level and action was fantastic.
A buddy and I would like to take a trip to the Basque area, to see where it all began and is still played with enthusiasm, as well as commercial and fan support. We would like to visit several of the frontons, whether in St. Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Gernika for matches. We would also perhaps see some of the variations in pelota (though the traditional “handball” version doesn’t look that exciting.) We could also visit where amateurs compete/develop.
My problem is that I don’t speak or read Spanish/French/Euskara and I don’t understand where/when the matches are held. Seems as if there’s a Partido here and there, mostly in Summer. Some of the sites refer to tournaments, but it’s not clear whether these are held consecutive days or whether there are gaps in between matches. We would like to put together a consistent schedule around which we could plan a “road trip.” If possible, we also prefer to purchase tickets well in advance to ensure entry to matches.
Can you direct me to an authority or source on the subject, who could explain which are the most important tournaments/sites around which we could schedule a week or potentially longer visit?
Thanks in advance,
This is an email I got about a month and a half ago.
I find it interesting because this is a “Bucket List” trip I’ve been thinking about going myself for the past few years. I’ve heard a few others that have mentioned about making a similar trip while out on the cancha over the years, too.
Ironically, I’m at a Yankee spring training game in Tampa that same afternoon with Pelota Press’s senior blogger Marty Fleischman and his wife Sue, a huge Yankee fan. I was also with an old college buddy, Wyatt Cook, from nearly 50 years ago. Wyatt and Marty were discussing Pickleball. I knew they were both avid players and swore by the sport. Marty’s pretty good – a top ranked player in Tampa, so they had a lot to talk about. After a few innings (games go quick now – thank God!) the discussion turned to jai-alai. Marty mentioned he was going to Spain in September and the trip included visiting former players and various sites in the Basque region.
I was thinking, with a little work and all the connections in jai-alai we have, a true dream trip could be planned.
Of course, Partido’s are one thing. Nothing beats a good Partido. You can’t bet on them over there, but who cares. I went to the Partido event last April at Dania, and it was awesome. There was no betting, but it didn’t matter. The play was a thrill to watch with a good enthusiastic crowd watching guys like Olharan trying to overcome an injury after getting nailed in the leg. Partido tournaments in Mexico City are amazing with 30-point games and that long, long court of over 200 feet. And of course, who could forget the numerous Partido’s in Miami, Tampa, Orlando and in Connecticut?
So, any trip would have to include some Partido events. As Pelota Press reader Jeff Russell mentioned, visiting the frontons and places where amateurs develop would be cool to visit, too. I’m sure the sightseeing would be awesome, the mountains, and villages and local restaurants.
How long would the ideal trip take? Where should one stay? These are all good questions.
Anybody out there got any ideas? Get together a big group? Email me with ideas guys! I’ll also get back with Marty and contact guys like Danny and Olharan, who recently visited the museum and certainly can answer all the questions.
Thanks, Mr. Russell, for your email. I’ll be in touch.
Our first order of business was to alert the Dania Jai-Alai players of the surprise resignation of GM John Knox. Boyd VP Jack Bernsmeier had already left South Florida to return to his home base, Delta Downs Racetrack and Casino in Louisiana. His parting instructions were, “You three (Clint Morris, Dave Winslow, and yours truly) will make all the management decisions at Dania.” Dave informed us that, due to his HR duties, he would be in direct contact with Jack.
So, Dave told Player Manager Jose Arregui to set up a meeting of the player union reps as soon as possible. Steve Snyder and John Knox had always dealt with player issues, negotiating the collective bargaining agreements in the past. But they were both gone. We now had to address who would negotiate future union agreements.
Oyarbide, Celaya, and Arrieta arrived upstairs in the conference room. All spoke English, especially Celaya and Arrieta (born here when his father played in Connecticut.) I knew all three well, especially Arrieta. They knew my past experience in the sport and had practiced on the court with me a few times. Being an amateur Jai-Alai player gave me special insight into their game. I felt they respected my dedication and knowledge of the sport. But, I was never involved with any union negotiations since the mid 70s.
I sat next to Player Manager Jose Arregui, the “head coach” of the roster and my close friend since the early 1970s in Tampa. By a very circuitous route, Arregui and I ended up together at Dania Jai-Alai after 35 years of working at different frontons. He played at Tampa Jai-Alai in the 60’s, was a court judge when I began as PR Director in Tampa in the 70s and spent many seasons with me at Ocala Jai-Alai. Arregui and wife Grace had become close friends. Now, we sat together at a long conference table, unable to fathom our future and the future of the sport.
Clint Morris, our CFO and now part of the management triumvirate, sat between Dave and myself. Dave Winslow, not an eloquent speaker at best, began the meeting by informing the players of John’s departure. He assured them that Boyd Gaming still had a major commitment to Dania, and that he, Clint, and I would be handling the management duties. The players looked concerned.
Oyarbide led off with asking about the future collective bargaining agreement. Who would they now negotiate with? Dave was non-committal. Then, Celaya wanted to discuss roster size changes, injury issues, and prize money concerns. Winslow looked like a deer in the headlights. When questioned, he turned his head to look at Arregui and I.
Poor Dave. He really had no idea what they were talking about. Having no background whatsoever in the sport, he could not give any intelligent answers. So, Arregui and I tried to address them, not knowing for sure who was going to make the final decisions for Boyd. Finally, we agreed to meet again in a week for further discussions. Little did I know this would be our last meeting with them, that Dave would meet alone with them. Arregui, Clint, and I never got the invite.
While we were dealing with our internal management issues, there was still the problem of low attendance at Jai-Alai and trying to stimulate interest in our Poker Room. Many felt poker, with Texas Hold’em sweeping the country as the new fad, could help offset the losses in live Jai-Alai. Poker tournaments were being held at the various Poker Rooms in South Florida and were very successful. I was trying to figure how we could, maybe, have something that would help both Jai-Alai and Poker.
One of the local radio stations, 790 “The Ticket”, had been vying for some of our advertising budget. They were competing in the sports-talk market and had hired a past Miami Herald columnist, Dan Le Batard, for a late afternoon show. Along with his co-host, Jon Weiner, known on air as Stugotz, Le Batard was gaining popularity on the air waves (he is now on ESPN). I was told he did remote broadcasts and attracted large crowds to their shows. I had an idea. Why not try a “Dan Le Batard Poker Tournament”?
But, instead of limiting it to the Poker Room, Dan would address the audience from the Jai-Ala court between games, try throwing the ball, call fans from the stands, then move to the Poker Room for the tournament. Maybe we could introduce a whole new segment of fans (his audience was already into sports) to not only the sport of Jai-Alai, but our Poker Room.
I negotiated an advertising buy with 790’s producer, Marc Hochman, and we scheduled the first Le Batard night at Dania Jai-Alai. It was going to be a test. If it worked, we would commit to bigger ad buys and have more remotes.
I was shocked! We had over 500 hundred Dan Le Batard fans show up that night, virtually having a party in the stands. Then, when Dan moved to the Poker Room, many followed and played. The entire promotion was a huge success. This was the first time I had seen a local “celebrity” pull so many listeners to a venue. All of our numbers increased substantially that night.
Clint Morris, part of our management team, was as excited as I was. He stayed for the festivities that night. Dave Winslow was nowhere to be found. I never heard a word from Boyd VP Jack Bernsmeier.
The next day, I told Winslow of the success of the promotion and that we would continue it monthly. He agreed and told me that Jack felt there were many other potential revenue streams for Dania other than Jai-Alai or Poker. Jack’s lack of response to the Le Batard promotion was puzzling. Bernsmeier felt that our venue was a perfect place for weddings, shows, even a private club. His focus seemed not on our main products, Jai-Alai and Poker.
Weddings? Who in their right mind would consider having their wedding on our second floor, where there was still a bullet hole in one of our tall windows. Wedding guests would have to walk through our Simulcast Cellar and up an escalator to an abandoned lobby area. Not the greatest ambience a bride might want.
Then, he proposed converting our smoking room, an enclosed area where I would hold my breath just walking through it, into a private club. Bernsmeier felt it could be successful on weekends with a little entertainment offered. I guess he didn’t realize we were only competing with South Beach and Las Olas in Lauderdale. I could feel a disaster coming. And, it was called, “Club Jai.”
Complied by Mo Crank of the Say Hi Li website
The Dania Jai-Alai Fronton was a massive building. There were winding hallways, four floors of offices, closets, nooks, and crannies. There were underground pump stations, electrical closets, a/c cooling units, roof top compressors, and a catwalk over the playing court. John Knox knew every square inch of that building. He had keys to every door and could tell you where everything was or had been. D. R. “John” Knox was Dania Jai-Alai. And now, he was gone.
The day that John walked out, I felt a sense of confusion, even loneliness. Steve Snyder, the past owner, hired me away from World Jai-Alai (now Florida Gaming). John Knox approved the idea and became my Dania mentor. Neither would be there in the future to help navigate this strange path led by Boyd Gaming.
That morning, after John’s secretary Beth told me John had just left, I called his cell phone. He was still in his car when he answered. “John, say it isn’t true, you are coming back?” I asked him. “Nope, Marty. I can’t be a part of this. I don’t see a future with what they have planned. I’m done!” he said.
I told him how sorry I was and didn’t know my future with them either. John encouraged me to hang in there. I asked if it was ok for me to call him with the myriad of questions that would surely come up in the future, questions about Dania that only he could answer. He told me graciously that I could call him anytime, but not anyone from Boyd. I doubted Jack Bernsmeier or Dave Winslow would have the “cajones” to call him. Yet, they knew almost nothing about the building, the personnel, or Jai-Alai.
My phone rang just after I hung up with John. Dave Winslow, our new HR guy, ally of Boyd Executive VP Jack Bernsmeier, asks, “Marty, do you know about John?” I told him I was aware of the situation. He said, “Jack wants to have a lunch meeting with you, Clint, and I at Grampa’s Restaurant.”
Clint Morris, Dania’s CFO and a Steve Snyder confidant, knew the accounting side of the business, which included Jai-Alai, simulcasting of the racetracks, and poker. He was a quiet, hard working, very competent guy. Though he joined us for lunch many times, I really didn’t know him well. I only knew Snyder trusted him completely. He was his “numbers” guy and helped execute the Boyd buyout.
John and Clint seemed to get along well, yet I could sense some underlying friction between them on occasion, a normal situation for accounting versus operations. It seemed obvious that Clint should be at this meeting. Clint Morris was essential to Dania’s operation, especially with John out of the picture.
At noon, we met at Grampa’s. Bernsmeier (the guy that wanted us to change Jai-Alai and let the ball bounce twice) calmly told the three of us that John resigned and we needed a plan to run the Dania without him. He didn’t address the fact that he had stripped down the operation in almost all other departments. They had fired department heads. We were running now on a shoestring.
Since I was Assistant General Manager and John’s right-hand man, I thought it was obvious that I would now assume his duties and run the Jai-Alai operation. Jack had to know that I had over 35 years experience in Jai-Alai operations. Then, Clint surprised us all. He said he no longer wanted to be in the accounting area but wanted to be involved in operations. So, it now seemed that Clint and I could be the team to move forward… should be the team. But, what about Winslow?
Then, Bernsmeier played his hand. He told us he wanted all three of us to have equal authority and run Dania Jai-Alai until he made a final decision. Clint and I looked at each other. Dave Winslow had no experience, knowledge, or history with Dania Jai-Alai or any pari-mutuel. Yet, Bernsmeier wanted him to be part of a triumvirate of the three of us. Having taken Latin in school, one thing I learned: The First Triumvirate of Rome failed miserably. If Caesar, Pompey, and Crassus couldn’t do it, no way it would work with us.
When we returned to the office, I went up and saw Clint. “You know they will depend on you and I to get things going for about two weeks, then Winslow will be in charge,” I told Clint. “There is no doubt this was Boyd’s plan from the beginning. They didn’t want John, they wanted their man… and that’s Dave,” I continued. Clint nodded, “You might be right.”
I feared for what would happen to the sport of Jai-Alai when The Triumvirate crumbled. Would there be internal changes, causing the Fall of the Dania Empire? Would Dania Jai-Alai, known in the past as “The Palace” turn into the ruins of The Coliseum? Hail Martius and Clintus, Beware of the Ides Of Bernsmeier.
The U.S. National Jai-Alai Championship brings the focus of an international sport to the Magic City of Miami, Florida. U.S. bred athletes take the court to fight it out in an epic battle of skill, speed and athletic prowess to dominate The World’s Fastest Game – Jai-Alai.
ARRIETA & GOITIA
Inigo Gorostola & Inaki Goitiandia
RULES & REQUIREMENTS
- All players must be United States citizens [Photocopy of Passport or Birth Certificate required with Entry Form].
- Players must be at least 18 years old.
- Players must sign a liability waiver and image release form.
- Players must wear an approved helmet.
- Video required with Entry Form if player is not known to the Selection Committee.
- The Selection Committee has final determination of entrants should the Championship entries exceed the available playing slots.
- Practice time will be available.
- There will be a 1-minute warm-up before each match.
TOURNAMENT FORMAT & PRIZES
August 11 & 13
Open to amateurs and former professionals who have not played professionally since January 1, 2019 and professionals who are age 50 or older
Amateurs Singles and Doubles Prize Money
- 1st Place: $1,000
- 2nd Place: $500
Limited to 32 Singles entries
Limited to 14 Doubles teams
All matches played to 6 points
Finals played to 7 points
There will be a Playback bracket in Doubles only
August 12 & 13
Open to current professional players and former professional players who have played professionally since January 1, 2019 and professionals who are under age 50
Professionals Singles Prize Money
- 1st Place: $7,500
- 2nd Place: $2,500
Professionals Doubles Prize Money
- 1st Place: $10,000
- 2nd Place: $5,000
Limited to 24 Singles entries
Limited to 16 Doubles teams
All matches played to 7 points
Finals played to 9 points
There will be a Playback bracket in Doubles only
“Farty Artie gave a party…nobody came.”
That was a posting Tiger made on his site February 27th.
“It’s an old saying. Remember that? That’s kind of how I feel these days. Posts (and hits) have dried up”. I don’t have to remind you of what the consequences could be.”
Eleven days before that, he had posted “Where is Everyone?”. “8 posts in the last 4 days???”
Now, well less than two months later, it has gotten worse. Way worse.
After nearly 20 years, Tigers popular website and posting site “Chalk Talk” has dried up.
Despite Magic City going full force, there are no postings worth noting on the current state of jai alai. Outside of Tigers postings (which I enjoy seeing) on slot revenues, cardroom receipts and the weekly Magic City leaders report), only Bennett had made a kind of a “soft” posting about the Men’s Final 4 having ties to jai-alai since an April Fools posting on Texas Jai-alai.
What has happened? Tiger wants to know.
Literally hundreds of regulars have showy disappeared over the years. But now, its down to literally nothing.
Are people giving up on jai-alai? Or Is there nothing to talk about? Are people mad at Tiger? Or are they mad at some of the people that post on there and tired of getting into arguments or be criticized?
To me, Tigers site was the best thing that happened. When Paul Kubala and Tom DeMint worked effortlessly to get the City of St. Petersburg to approve the construction of America’s first public court in 2007, I announced it on Tigers site. This was before (or about as they were forming) Facebook and other social media avenues were around. Within an hour or two, I was receiving phone calls and emails from the likes of Benny, Daniel, Randy, and Jai-a-Lou. Dozens more came in. Even Joey Redner, the founder of Jai-alai Beer contacted me. The reply board on Tigers site took me days to answer all the questions. Then came TV crews from all the local networks, various sports radio talk show hosts and then huge writeups in the St. Pete Times and the Tampa Tribune. Life literally changed overnight, and it all started with that posting on Tigers site. And it wasn’t on April Fools Days, either.
Okay, you puppy kickers and girl beaters. Evan W. Coleman has had enough of your bullshit. Texas Jai-alai is going to be the REAL DEAL!!!
Just Google “Texas Jai-alai” and you will see for yourself. Texas Jai-alai has been open since 2009 and is alive and well. Yes, even drawing up to 12,000 fans a night at one time.
Yes, most of you “bad” puppy kickers that read Tigers site have seen the website claiming that Texas Jai-alai is coming. That was in 2009. Today, multiple websites rave about the success of Texas Jai-alai.
Jai-alai.info reports that Texas is the second state in the U.S. What? I recall San Francisco (California), then St. Louis (Missouri), opening frontons. And so did Chicago (Illinois), and New York City (New York). Oh, Connecticut had 3 of them, and Rhode Island had one, too. Talk about sloppy reporting.
Fla-gaming.com reports that Texas Jai-alai, opened in 2009, is located north of the city of Dallas, in the Palermo area. Near the facility, is a commercial complex, so spectators can enjoy shopping and dining as well as jai-alai. There is even a day-care center. The Texas Jai-alai fronton is large enough for 12,000 spectators, including the VIP section. There are concession areas, gift shops, and luxury suites.
Texastatesports.com reports that the “first fronton in Texas was built in Denton in 1977 by a group of investors from Miami. The game was an instant success with crowds flocking to the new fronton the watch the matches and gamble on the outcome. The fronton quickly became one of the most popular tourists attractions in Denton, and it wasn’t long before other frontons began popping up around the state.”
I couldn’t make up more bullshit than what’s when up on the “worldwide web”.
Yes, it is funny that a posting on Tigers site by someone named “Corta Deportes” reports that a recent story published by “El Correo”, a Basque Newspaper says four frontons are about to open in Texas. In 2009. Folks, that was 14 years ago. “Until now, the construction of a new fronton in Texas has been announced, that, next to the new one of Jasper in Florida, will change the negative course of a specialty that has been in a crisis for years.” A capacity of 12,000 spectators. Restaurants, cafeterias and even a day-care center. A 45-man roster. Big pay checks for the players included. The story concluded with a link to the Texas Jai-alai site, the same one we have seen since 2009. Yes, that posting was on April Fools Day. But his other stuff has been up for years.
Heck, even this very website you are reading had an announcement that Donald J. Trump was reopening West Palm Beach. And this very writer claimed he was building a jai-alai court in his front years for the past 9 years.
But then its was a posting by Evan W. Coleman on Tigers site, also on April Fool’s Day that opened my eyes. Yes, that is the very person who is responsible for Texas Jai-alai. To be fair, he has not made the ridiculous claims that Texas jai-alai has been alive and well all these years. He did state back then that it would take 10-12 years for this to happen. We are past that point now, but we also lost two years of our lives due to the COVID era.
Here is a reprint of his posting:
Someone was nice enough to forward this web site and the threads to me yesterday and I would like to take a moment to respond to all.
First and foremost, thank you all for your concern about our future. We are very excited about what lies ahead for us, so let me address some of the nay sayers.
When we (jai-alai) are added to the current list of para-mutual sports in Texas, it is our intent to start construction within 6 months. I have personally met with the Mayors and/or City Council members of Dallas/Fort Worth, Arlington, Grand Prairie, Irving, Round Rock, Grapevine, Houston, Katy, San Antonio, Austin, Plano, and Carrollton.
Each and every one of those cities have expressed a huge interest in having us in their city. My job will be to select which city will be the host to the first Fronton. Several of the afore mentioned cities have even offered to build the facility for us.
Unlike the above individual who seems better educated than the cities or me, they understand the economic impact that a new sport will have on their community.
Slots or as they’re referred to in Texas, VLT’s (video lottery terminals), are not something we wish to have in any of our facilites! I do not wish to be associated in any way with something that in 10-15 years will be looked upon another failure in Texas. Slots machines are not a cure for bad business practices.
It will written into our Bill that we WILL NOT be eligible to place them in our Frontons. We also, will not simulcast horse racing or dog racing.
Why? We will be a Jai-alai sports and entertainment facility. Not a casino, horse track, or a dog track. We will offer the finest Jai-alai entertainment that the United States has ever seen, period. If you come in wearing shorts or a tux, there will be a amenity for you. Whether it’s for those who wish to stand or those who would like their own suite for the evening or just to hang in the VIP section.
Bennett, those are P-r-o-t-o-t-y-p-e-s.
Jeez……kinda makes you wonder…..
The players will be treated like the professions that they are. Unfortunatly, we cannot pay them like the NBA, but we can sure treat them that way. They WILL be paid better than ever before, but that being said, they will have to train like the pro athletes that they are. They will also be required to meet the fans and do public apperances, but they will also be free to pursue outside endorsements as long as it doesn’t cast a negative shadow on the Fronton.
We will take a pro-active approach in developing a local fan base. We will not hide or shelter the players from the fans. Nor, will we make the game inacessible. This is the reason for the 30 meter court that will be built on the adjacent to the Fronton.
We have no intentions of making the same mistakes that other facilites have made.
The largest facility will have a capacity of 11-12,000….. not seating for that many. I wish. No two frontons will be identical. The size of the city will decide the capacity of the fronton.
Yeah, the stuff is priced like you’d expect merchandise to be priced from a professional sports franchise. Also, it will change a little each year so that no two years merchandise is the same. That’s what will help make it collectible.
And finally for those of you who hope we fail. I truly don’t understand why you bother to use this web site. I thought it was for the fans.
Isn’t there somewhere else that your negativity and your desire to see other people fail, be better served?
It is very obvious that you’re not a true fan. I bet you even hit girls and kick puppies.
In closing, for those of you who are fans and wish to speak to me in person, feel free……..even the puppy kickers.
PS……..we are less than one week from our deadline to help the Katrina kids. If you can’t swing a shirt or hat, how bout 5 or 10 bucks on the donation button????
To all, even the girl beaters, have a Happy Holiday Season.
For all this to happen, Mr. Coleman is living a dream. First of all, he will need upwards of $150-$200 million dollars to pull this off – maybe less if he is able to get those cities to build the facilities like he says they might be able to. Good luck on that one.
He then takes a stab at “Bennett” and says, “those are P r o t o t y p e s”. I would assume he’s pointing fingers at the same Bennett, who I would say has been the most respectable poster on Tigers site over the past 18-years. It must have been a previous posting he made that I was unable to locate. But I’m not sure. This Texas jai-alai site has been brought up a few times over the past 14 years on Tigers site.
The next fallacy is the 11-12,000 capacities of each of the frontons. What!!! Are you kidding me? That’s more than the Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins or the Oakland A’s average at their crappy ballparks.
He then takes a stab at Tigers site and wonders why people use it. He even goes to the extreme of calling them as those that would go around hitting girls and kicking puppies! Again, I couldn’t make this stuff up.
He also talks about having no slot machines. Texas does allow horse and dog racing, with the latter all but gone now. Competing against slots would be like me competing against Goiko in a singles match. Its only a matter of time till casino’s are allowed in Texas.
I wonder if that Coleman posting was by Ralphy Boy himself. He does a great job of checking on anyone before anyone can post there, and Coleman is Mr. Texas Jai-alai. But I’ve never seen a posting by Coleman in the past.
If it was April Fool’s Day joke all along, it was pretty clever! And a “Happy Holiday Season?” Wasn’t that a few months ago? Jeez. I’ve had enough.
Time to go kick a puppy, I guess. On second thoughts, no I won’t.
April 1, 2023: Word has leaked out that former President Donald Trump, a Palm Beach resident, is purchasing the long-closed building that was once West Palm Beach Jai-alai fronton and intends on bringing back jai-alai. Details are still emerging , but it is believed that he wants this to get more involved in the gambling business in the state of Florida. Currently, the Seminole Tribe hold exclusive rights to all gambling, with sports betting currently on hold after briefly operating 16 months ago.
There are no details on what will happen to the building, but we understand that current owner Don King may want to get more involved with boxing events to be hosted alongside jai-alai and working in conjunction with the former president, who is running for reelection again.