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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, April LETHvmpuc Davidson has knack for finding wealthy businessmen World football must have television to survive By WILLIAM N. WALLACE New York Times Service NEW YORK The World Football League is the biggest sports gamble of all time. Its ability to survive, let aftne grow, is dependent upon a successful courtship of an eventual national network television contract which must generate at least of income for each of the 12 teams. Can the WFL, which established some credibility this week by signing four prominent National Football League players, win such a .contract? "No said a high placed network official who requested anonymity. "The three networks (American, Columbia and National) have contracts with the NFL and they are locked in for four the executive said. "They are not about to pick up the WFL at least my network isn't and we all operate a.bout the same. Furthermore sports programming has doubled in the last 10 years. We are up to hours a year and there's a lot of talk about satur- ation. The advertising market is soft, except for football." Was the network man unduly pessimistic? he replied. "But I have to be." His views will come as a shock to Tom Origer who has done such a fine job organizing the Chicago Fire of the WFL in confirming estimated annual operationg costs at about 2 million, Origer said, "we've got to have television. We'll never make it at the gate. I'm sure we'll get television." The WFL does have a modest television contract for a starter with an independent company, TVs. Eddie Einhorn of TVs estimates the most he will be able to generate this year is between and for each team. The problem of an independent such as TVs is to convince stations to put on the games which are to be played on Thursday nights between July 10 and'Nov. 28. "We are not going to look kindly on an affiliate station which substitutes WFL football for our prime time programming once the NFL season has said the network executive. "We don't care what they do in the summer because there are no ratings then." A spokesman for Gary Davidson, founder and president of the WFL, reported that each team will have to draw between and spectators a game to break even financially. The teams will play 20-game schedules, 10 at home, 10 on the road. Tickets will cost about and the home team will retain 75 per cent of the gate receipts with 25 per cent to the visitors. There are going to be big losses. The all-time record for a pro football team is believed to be the lost by. the Los Angeles Chargers of the American League in the start up season of 1960. Those figures prompted Barren Hilton, the owner, to move the team to San Diego and eventually sell it. The Chargers' record is going to be exceeded, for sure. What no one knows is just how much money the WFL team owners have got to sink into a football operation possibility dependent upon a big televisio contract at least four years away. The amount of capital available is of concern to several hundred NFL players who last Monday read enviously of the deal Larry Csonka, Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick of the Miami Dolphins made with the Toronto Northmen. The three-year packaged transaction came to an estimated three million although some WFL people say it's less than that. Whatever it may be, the trio's salaries will be far in excess of the average in the NFL where the players insist they are underpaid. Said one player agent, "The NFL players are in a jam. The WFL can only afford about 20 of those big contracts. There are 20 seats on the bus and those Dolphins plus Kenny Stabler took four of them. There are a lot of big names pushing to get at the 16 seats left.'" Commented Origer, "The phone was flying off the wall this week. All kinds of players were calling." Parallels have been drawn between the NFL and the American League as it challenged the NFL 14 years ago. "There is very little similar- said Lamar Hunt, the AFL founder. He pointed out that the AFL went into cities where there was no NFL team and only one of the three networks had pro foptball to televise. The WFL is putting seven of its 12 teams into NFL cities; Detroit, Chicago, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and Washington. Another difference is that the WFL is raiding the NFL for proven players and ignoring the unproven but expensive high draft choices. The old AFL competed with the NFL almost exclusively for rookies. Where will all the money come from? Davidson's contribution to American society is the discovery of wealthy businessmen whose ego deficiencies are such that they must buy parts or the whole of professional sports teams to get their names in the paper, a place in the locker room and a seat on the bench. The names of the WFL investors 34 in Detroit alone are largely unknown in sports circles. The NFL is expected to put up for bid soon for expansion franchises at about million each. For fractions of that figure the WFL founders have chosen to play, to take the gamble. "From a business standpoint it's not a very good said the network man. "But what price romance, recognition and Junior baseball returns to south It became official Wednesday- that the newly-formed Southern Alberta Major Baseball League will operate with six teams for the 1974 season. Lethbridge Miners, Vauxhall Jets, Highwood Juniors of High River, Acme Pirates, Calgary Junior Giants and yet unamed second Calgary team. The Giants will represent the southside of Calgary, the other team the north. Each team will play a 20-game schedule, 10 home and a like number of away encounters. It is also expected each team will face the others four times. The league made a major coup in electing Russ Parker as president. Parker was the driving force behind the Alberta Major Baseball League and was its commissioner until he stepped down from his post last year as the season ended Joining Parker will be vice-president Bob Miller of Vauxhall, Norm Channing of High River and Keith Barber of Calgary Channing will be the secretary treasurer while Barber will be league statistician, the same post Larry Smith of Lethbridge will hold. Smith is also the Alberta Baseball Association Commissioner. The new league also announced a new age-limit ruling, recently approved by the Canadian Federation of Amateur Baseball. Junior eligibility is granted, as of now, to any player reaching his 22nd birthday prior to the conclusion of the year 1974. It is expected that the new league will begin operations May 19. Hawks triumph 3-1 but lose Martin By THE CANADIAN PRESS Chicago Black Hawks took the opening game in their best-of-seven National Hockey League Stanley Cup quarter- final series with Los Angeles Kings Wednesday but the vic- tory may have been a costly one. The Black Hawks gained a 3-1 decision but lost centre Pit Martin, the team's second leading scorer during the regular season, with a torn muscle in the knee cap after he was checked into the boards by the Kings' Terry Harper. Martin may be lost to the Black Hawks for up to three weeks. Dale Tallon took over midway through the first period between wingers Dennis Hull and Jim Pappin. Hull scored the winning goal with Darcy Rota and Stan Mi- kita getting the others. Mikita's goal came at of the final seconds after the Kings' coach Bob Pulford removed goaltender Rogatien Vachon in favor of an extra skater. The Kings took .a 1-0 first- period lead when Gene Carr scored on a power play. Carr deflected Tom Williams's point shot past Chicago goalie Tony Esposito. Rota tied the score at of the second period. Hull scored the winner some five minutes later. The second game of the series will be played in Chicago tonight with game No 2 in the other West Division series also going tonight as Philadelphia Flyers play host to Atlanta Flames. The Flyers won the first game 4-1 Tuesday. Coach Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion says his Flames now know it will take an extra effort to upset the favored Flyers. "We can't be discouraged after one loss. I respect Phila- delphia. After all, they won 50 games and got 110 points. They have a great hockey team. But I think we can play better." Geoffrion said goalie Phil Myre will remain in goal CHICAGO 3, LOS ANGELES 1 First period 1. Los Angeles. Carr 1 (Williams) 9 08 Penalties Lonq 5-27. Jarrett 8.54. Lonq 15'29 Second Period 1 Chicago. Rota 1 (Bordeleau) 11 13, 2. Chicago, Koroll 1 (Redmond White) 16.51. Penalties Tallon 1-48. Harper, Tallon 1726. Corngan 19-29. Third period 4 Chicago. Mikita 1. 19.12. Penalties Tallon 703, Harper Mikila 16-30, Long miscpnduct 19-12. Shots on goal by Lot AngelM 10 9 Chicago 8 16 8-32 Attendance 16.666 PROFIT Phone ROY MclNTOSH at 328-9271 Kino CHRYSLER DO QBE LTD. Of 3rd and 11 th St. S. 329-9271 Boston goal Toronto goaltender Doug Favell missed one shot Espo being shoved about, Francis happy with club By GLENN COLE The Canadian Press Boston Bruins are still un- happy about the way cen- tre Phil Esposito is being treated 'by players and referees in the National Hockey League. Even thouferr the Bruins edged Toronto Maple Leafs 1-0 in the opening game of their Stanley Cup quarter-final round Wednesday night, Bruins' coach Bep Guidolin was yelping about the way referee Art Skov handled the game, particularly on plays involving Esposito, who just finished capturing his fourth straight NHL scoring title. But while Guidolin was less than affable, Emile Francis, his counterpart with New York Rangers, was happy after his club skated to a 4-1 win over Montreal Canadiens in the other East Dvision quarter-final. The Bruins have been com- plaining most of the season because they believe some clubs were getting away with infractions in their attempts to cover the Boston superstar, who managed to score 68 goals and 77 assists despite his ill treatment. "If they have to hold Esposito to stop him they should suffer the Guidolin complained. The only goal was scored by centre Gregg Sheppard at of the second period when he beat Toronto goalie Doug Favell with his own rebound after Favell had turned back his first drive from 40 feet out. "I only got 16 goals this said Sheppard, a 24- year-old native of North Soccer meeting Lethbridge Royals, members of the Calgary Inter- City Soccer League, will hold an organizational meeting Monday evening at seven o'clock. All interested players or officials are asked to be at the Civic Centre Monday night. Battleford, Sask. "I've got to redeem myself in the playoffs." Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert, playing in his second Stanley Cup game and his first with the Bruins, turned aside 35 shots while Favell kicked out 32. In Montreal, Francis saw what he termed a "near perfect game" turned in by his club which lost all three games at the Forum during the regular season and were outscored 18-5 in the process. "Maybe we had some games as good as that, but we never had any as Francis said. "There was perfect team work out there from the goaltender on out. "Our defence was able to stand up at the blueline because our forwards were coming back all the time. The Rangers-Montreal series continues tonight at p.m. MST and the game will be carried on the CBC national network. The Leafs- Bruins game will get under way at p.m. MST and will be shown in southern Ontario only. NY RANGERS 4, MONTREAL 1 Firtt period 1 NY Rangers. Vickers 1 (Rousseau, Park) 10-48; 2 NY Rangers. MacGregor 1 (Stemkowski, Irvine) 11.07. Penalties Selling 1.51, Larose double minor, Irvine 6-42. Stemkowski. LapOinte 7-12, Richard 7-55, Marotte 11.32. Lafleur. Tkaczuk Vickers 1500 Second period 3 NY Rangers. Rolfe 1 (Gilbert, Rousseau) 2-43- 4 Montreal, -Shutt 1 (Lapomte. Robinson) 8.39 Penalties Selling. Shutt majors Roberts 4.06. Gilbert 5-20 Third period NY Rangers, Park 1 (Vickers, Fairnbairn) 18-11 Penalties Tkaczuk 11-46, Park, P Mahovlich 15.20. on goal by NY rUngen 13 13 Montreal 8'10 Attendance 16581 BOSTON 0 First period No scoring. Penalties Glennie 0.17, Sims 4.59. Hodge J-25. Sittler 11.57, Glennie 13-16 Second period 1 Boston. Sheppard 1 (Smith, Marcotte) Penalties Esposito, Glennie 0-53 Third period No scoring Penalties Esposito, Pelyk Orr misconduct 20.00. Shoti on goal by Toronto 11 15 Boston 6 12 Attendance MAGRATH GOLF COURSE MEMBERSHIP FEES 1974 MEN MR. MRS FAMILY LADIES JUNIORS GREEN FEES Dally 9 Holes 18 Holts '3 WMkcnda and Nicklaus, Miller complain while Palmer feels great AUGUSTA, Ga. (Reuter) Favorite Jack Nicklaus com- plained about the unusually slow greens. Johnny Miller, a four-time 1974 tour winner, began to feel things "closing in" on him and wanted to be left alone Arnold Palmer felt his game was better than it has been in years on the eve of today's 38th Masters golf tournament. The 34-year-old Nicklaus, who, like Palmer, is seeking an unprecedented fifth Masters title, said the greens were slower than he would like them to be. The winner of a record 14 major international titles and one of the games premier putters, said: "I'd be happier if they were as fast as the top of a table. If they got that fast, only the guys who know how to play would have a chance to win." Many veterans in the field of 67 professionals and 11 amateurs predicted exceptionally low scores, provided the good weather holds up throughout the four- day 72-hole event. But none, including Nicklaus, foresaw anyone breaking or even approaching Nicklaus' course record 271, set in 1965 when he won his second Masters by nine strokes. "They've made everything more Nicklaus said. Minor hockey The Leafs won the Bantam "A" crown by whalloping the Maroons in the final 9-4. Terry Bailey paced the winners with three goals while Andy Prokop and Clement Crowflag added two each. Bob Schlegal and Roy Duval chipped in with singles. The Leafs were coached by Blair House and managed by Klair Geiger. Crowflag was the league's top scorer. Ross Mitchell, Boyd Blair, Darren Ramage and Ron Opyr replied for the Maroons who were tied 1-1 after the first period but fell behind 4-2 after two. The Lakers fired in four unanswered goals in the second period and skated to a 7-4 victory over the Eskimos and the midget championship title Tuesday night. Sid Braak, Doug t'ill and Doug Kitaguchi led the Lakers' assault with two goals apiece while Kevin Crawford chipped in with a single and John Wasilewski four assists. "With the added distance (the course has been lengthened by 40 yards this I don't see anyone breaking 271 for a long time. I know I wouldn't shoot 271 now." Miller, who won the first three tour events this year and already has pocketed nearly in prize money since January, made himself in- accessible Wednesday. "My game's all said Miller, 26, "but I feel things closing in on me. "People keep asking me ior autographs and interviews. 1 can't relax.1' The 44-year-old Palmer, who has captured only one title in the last three years, said he had his best practice rounds here in several years. "I feel he said, "and think I'm hitting the ball well." Palmer, paired with the 1972 British amateur champion Trevor Homer, will be the first "name" golfer to tee off this morning. Other early starters include Tom Weiskopf, winner last year of four tour events including the British and Canadian Opens; New Zealand lefthander Bob Charles, winner of last week's Greensboro Open; Britain's Peter Oosterhuis, who tied for third here last year, Miller and Britain's Tony Jacklin. WORLD'S N0.1 RADIAL steel-cord tire MICHEUN X FEATURING THE FLEXIBLE SAFETY BELT OF STEEL BENEATH THE TREAD! Join the new breed and see what Michelin-X can do for you. It pays to ride on No. 1. MICHELIN-X PASSENGER THE STEEL BELTED RADIAL! WORLD'S NO. 1 RADIAL STOP IN TODAY AND SEE HOW MUCH YOU SAVE WITH THE BEST I KIRK'S TIRE SALES LTD. LETHBRIDGE 16Z1-3rd An. S.PlMM 327-5985 TABER 6201 -SOtfc AW. PhMO 223-3441 FERNIE.B.C. PkMM 423-7748 ;