Dania Jai-alai has finally revealed their roster for the upcoming two-month season that opens December 1st. The delayed announcement might have been the result of delays on producing this new slick promo video they made – introducing the 22-man roster in grand style. Yep, fake news.
The highly anticipated news has jai-alai fans optimistic of a fantastic season as they are reopening the fronton with live parimutuel wagering following what appeared to be the end of “goat skin” jai-alai. And the end of Dania jai-alai after nearly 70-years of operation.
As expected, the roster is loaded with new players from the Basque/Spain/French region with some as young as 18 years old. About 2/3 of the roster are the new young players that will be competing against some “seasoned veterans” that are coming back, making for some interesting games.
The video announcement, a slick 2:20 long one, is new for Dania jai-alai, something Magic City has been doing for five years. Will there be an enhanced video production to watch the games? Will jai-alai there return after this 2-month season? Are they holding the season because the State is requiring them to host the performances because the decoupling deal was thrown out along with sports betting? We shall find out………
Again, the opening day is Thursday, December 1st, and festivities (A Merry Festival?) are being planned for opening day. The Pelota Press will be there with extensive coverage and hope to see a packed house that night.
The 22-man Roster
Atain II, Urrutia, Mandiiola, Laloo, Urreisti, Bixente, Danel, Benetrix, Arrieta, Oyhernard, Urbieta, Etcheberry, Laduche, Goenaga, Arta, Zulaika, Aaron, Laborde, Portet, Manei, Bailo, Iturbide