|Published:||Aug 03, 2010 8:06 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 03, 2010 5:06 PM EDT|
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - One of the few remaining Jai-Alai frontons in the United States has a new owner.
Orlando Jai-Alai has been sold to a New York firm. Richard Birdoff, of RD Management, said the firm will have jai-alai (HIGH-lie) games next year in Orlando.
Some had feared games would end and the venue would be used only for concerts and other events.
The sport's popularity peaked in the 1960s and 1970s before other professional sports franchises moved into the state and Indian gaming became more popular. The only six frontons left in the U.S. are all in Florida - in Miami, Dania Beach, Fort Pierce, Orlando, Ocala and Jasper.
Birdoff says a jai-alai season will be played next year. But he says the 2012 season will be determined by the success of the revamped business.
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