4decadepro right on and I don't disagree with anything you said. I often wondered why American amateurs have acted that way over all the years and the only reason I can think of is that it was so hard to break through that guys were turning against each other to try and make themselves look better,just my opinion but I hated to see that and so right you are. This was a big black eye for the sport and another reason a lot of potential local players/fans gave up and never entered the frontons again.
Do you agree that players outside of the North Miami school had to jump through a lot of hoops and kiss a lot of butt to get a break? I know this was not the case for everyone and I even know some of the foreign players that had unfair circumstances with the management. Do you think that as a result of the strong hold that was held on the sport it is now having an effect when it could have been shared and spread.
And why do you think that Dania and Miami frontons refuse to let locals play on their courts? I have a hard time with the insurance excuse when over the years we have seen folks from the audience get a chance to whack the wall and Orlando has ran a program for years. Could it be they were afraid of another Joey? And if you dare, why have we not seen American players managers?
I don't want to turn this into an American issue but the reason why the seats are empty.