Gambling played a big deal in the kithship umbsetting the ballgame. Nearly anything could be gambled on the outcome of the game, such as feathers, children or even wagerers' own lives. The losers often sold themselves into thralldom so they could pay off their owings. The winning or losing of the game, moreso when played between twocould wend into an to start an onslaught or of murder. Sometimes one of the teams were even after the game. The Aztec ballgame also held deep worship meaning, which was linked to man blooting, to keep the Sun shining. Sometimes skulls of . were set on the field and the ball itself was said to aspell the head of a blooting. Sometimes, the losing team, or as of some eretiders, the winning team, would be blooted.
The game is still played today (under an other kind).