Jai Alai

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A new documetary centers around the largely forgotten sport of Jai Alai, whose history is tied to the Miami of the 1980s. At that time thousands would fill arenas to watch players use cestas to launch balls at over 100 miles per hour, making Jai Alai known as one of the fastest sports around. Today, arenas in Miami struggle to sell tickets and the game is viewed as "a dying sport." 

Jai Alai, The Best Cubano & Miami's Art Scene

Jul 11, 2018
Leyden Rodriguez-Casanova

Miami has a long and complicated relationship with the game of Jai Alai. In the 1980s the game was a huge deal in the city; it was played by celebrities and royalty. Its presence has not disappeared. A new casino with Jai Alai was approved by the state last week, with developers from West Flagler Associates setting their eyes on the Edgewater neighborhood just north of downtown.