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High Hopes For Jai Alai

The “fastest sport in the world” seeks to reinvent itself in Miami, with a new, even-faster format and players poached from a range of other sports
| By Tim Reynolds | From 30 Years Of Cigar Aficionado, November/ December 2022
High Hopes For Jai Alai
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The song is blaring, loudly, through the speakers at Miami’s Magic City Casino during an intermission between jai alai games on a Friday night. “Do you remember ... the 21st night of September? Love was changing the minds of pretenders ...” People sitting along the edge of the court, from teens to retirees, are singing along, some swaying in their chairs to the beat, listening to a tune that has been popular for nearly a half-century. Thing is, this isn’t the version of “September” released in 1976.” The song that’s blaring is an update, the cover that Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick sung for the animated movie Trolls in 2016, weaving their style in with the …
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