In case you don't know, ball-courts have been found in pretty well every pre-Columbian archaeological site of ancient Mesoamerica (southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize), whether Olmec, Maya, Aztec or whatever. These were generally in close proximity to high-status city-centre structures such as plazas, temple-pyramids and palaces. Here a game was played with a rubber ball. Sometimes it was between individuals, sometimes between teams. The ball was usually "batted" with the hips, although many variants of rules existed. The game was not merely a sport; it had religious and ceremonial functions as well. In fact, it probably linked to sacrifice, divination, decision-making and diplomacy also.
OK, this book was produced to accompany a traveling exhibition on the Mesoamerican ballgame. It is a coffee-table book: the ratio of pictures to text is high. The pictures represent a magnificent survey of the art depicting the ballgame throughout Mesoamerican history (or pre-history). It consists of two parts: 11 articles on the game by experts, followed by a pictorial catalogue of the exhibition. The text is highly informative. The book is large and quite heavy, and produced to a high standard; the pages are glossy.
The only disappointment for me is that the text is light on the conjectured political functions of the game, particularly the divination, decision-making and diplomacy I mentioned above.