It would seem the media have Basque sports in the spotlight.  Now this doesn’t mean they’re giving our sport up-to-the-minute coverage, but rather analysis of aspects of our sport that are part of something much more interesting.  In just a few days, we’ve brought you an article on “the Athlectic model” and another on how Real Sociedad is the leader in an international grouping of soccer clubs.

And now we bring you another news item from Quartz, a Japanese-owned American publication with 22 million monthly subscribers, and a newsletter reaching 700,000, as of 2016.

Quartz has seen fit to go a bit further, or a lot further, because they’re not just talking about teams, but rather a whole sport.  The latest issue of their Quartz Weekly Obsession, dated May 27, is all about introducing that most Basque of sports: jai alai.

This detailed article by Nicolás Rivero goes into the origins, the evolution, and the international reach of the sport.  We can also find curiosities and anecdotes, like those related to Ernest Hemingway and the Basque players of this sport, which we’ve already shared with you on many occasions.

An amazing article.

Quartz – 27/5/2020 – USA

Jai Alai

There was a time when “the world’s fastest sport” seemed to be on the cusp of breaking out in the US and around the world. Jai alai (pronounced “high-lie”) exploded out of the Basque region of Spain and France in the 20th century, drawing in well-heeled fans from Tijuana to Tianjin who might rub elbows with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Frank Sinatra, and Jackie Gleason.

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