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Nevada Jai Alai Regulations

Out with the old - Gov. Brain Sandoval sent the order out for state agencies to seek out regulations that need to be updated or ones that are no longer relevant.

They found one, regulation 27, a regulation for a game - yes, you guessed it...Jai Alai - that hasn't been played in the state of Nevada in more than 30 years.

Jai Alai came and went in Nevada:

"Played in a "fronton," on a "cancha" court with three sides allowing spectator viewing from the fourth side, and using a goatskin-covered "pelota" propelled by banana-shaped "xisteras," flung balls can reach speeds of more than 180 mph.
A jai alai fronton opened at what was the MGM Grand — now Bally's — in 1974 and at the MGM Reno in 1978. Jai alai was expected to be a hit in Reno because of the game's Basque origins and a substantial Basque population in Northern Nevada.
But when little interest was shown, the hotel's owner, Kirk Kerkorian, closed the fronton in 1980.
Play continued in Las Vegas until Nevada's worst disaster — the Nov. 21, 1980 fire that killed 85 people. Jai alai never returned when the property reopened."


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