Many do not realize just how far back the history sports go. In fact, the Mayans played a wide collection of sports. The most popular and the most theatrical of these sports, however, was the Mayan Ball Game or simply ballgame. The game involved the world's first rubber ball, invented by the Mayans themselves, as teams competed to knock the ball through a small stone hoop. Allegedly, the reward for the winners was a heroic feast, while the losers often suffered death by ritualistic sacrifice. Although the stakes were high, a combination of fast-paced gameplay, strategic depth, and mythical lore served to keep the game alive for hundreds of years. Today, a professional by the name of Martin K. Zitter and his team are working to revive a less gruesome version of the sport under the name Royal Ringball.