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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 LETHBRIDQE HERALD March 20, 1974 Rassett set his sights on Dolphin trio and meets with them March 28 Bold, brash World Football League means business By DAVE ANDERSON New York Times Service NEW YORK When the World Football League appeared several months ago, it had more initials than players. To the frivolous, it was known as "The the pronounciation of its initials. But until Tuesday, the W.F.L. simply was out there somewhere in the universe. Nobody really knew where. It might as well have been the comet Kohoutek; nobody was quite sure it existed. But Tuesday at the Marriott Essex House, in an elegant room with 12 huge crystal chandeliers, one for each franchise, the W.F.L. began to come into focus. It held its draft of negotiation rights to pro players. It had held a college draft two months ago but to pro football aficionados, the college prospects are not pros. They are just rookies who haven't made it yet. The W.F.L. hasn't made it yet. either, but Tuesday it was dropping names such as Namath and Csonka and suddenly people were able to relate to it a little more. "The New York a voice at the lectern announced, "select Joe Namath, quarterback, New York Jets." Not that Joe Namath is about to become the star of the Stars immediately. There's an embargo on him, like Arab oil. His two-year contract with the Jets at a season has expired except for the option clause. If he exercises that option this season, as he has indicated he will, he would be a free agent next year. He also would be on the auction block. With both the Jets and the Stars bidding, the price for Joe Namath, per gallon, might go higher than it has for gas. r "There are certain players who will be the key to our Gary Davidson said, "and we'll bid for them. Bid high." Davidson, short and suntanned, invented the W.F.L. last August over lunch. His earlier inventions were the American Basketball Association and the World Hockey Association, each of which got off the ground easier than the Wright brothers' invention did. "And we're going to get the W.F.L. off the ground Davidson promised. "Football is by far our most popular sport. The major markets were available and a large pool of talent was available." It's not quite off the ground yet. But it's out of the hangar. Joe Robbie, the principal owner of the Miami Dolphins, found that out Tuesday when the Toronto Northmen selected Larry Csonka. Paul Warfield and Jim Kiick as their first three choices. Each of those. Dolphins is about to negotiate a new contract. Each retains the same negotiator, Ed Keating, of International Management, Inc., the Cleveland firm operated by Mark McCormack, the attorney who transformed Arnold Palmer's charisma into millions of dollars. Keating already has talked to John Bassett, Jr., a 35-year-old millionaire sportsman who stood behind the Northmen's table Tuesday at the draft meeting. He wore a forest green turtleneck and, as he talked, he swung an invisible golf club. "Joe Robbie sells out but we Bassett said. "Csonka, Warfield and Kiick are worth more to us than to him. It's an interesting philosophy. It's more difficult for an established team to pay the going rate than a new team. I own the Toronto Toros of the W.H.L. and we're trying to sign Ken Dryden and the Mahovlich brothers for next season. To the Montreal Canadiens, who are used to a certain profit picture, 40 goals are worth but they're worth a lot more to us. If we sell 800 more top season tickets, that'll pay for that big salary. But the Canadiens have sellouts anyway. They can't raise the prices to see the same team. And to the players, a U.S. citizen in Canada gets more in- the-pocket money. Robbie will have to pay them 3 for every 2 we do." Csonka, Warfield and Kiick will accompany Keating to Toronto on March 28th to listen to Bassett's offer. "It could be very Bassett said. "I have a figure in mind for them. They might negotiate as a group, one or none. But they might negotiate with the Dolphins as a group too." But why would any of the Dolphins leave the warmth of Miami for the cold of Lake Ontario's northern shore? "Other Bassett said. "Warfield wants to get into TV and radio and we own Canada's biggest TV station. There's also no racial hassle for him there. Csonka likes the outdoors. He's in Canada fishing every year. And everybody knows that Kiick isn't happy with Mercury Morris playing so much." Be assured that players of the stature of Namath, Csonka, Warfield and Kiick will .demand money-in-the-bank contracts. Even though it's coming into focus, the W.F.I still doesn't have 12 solid franchises. Four don't have stadiums, two don't have coaches, one doesn't have- a general manager. And one doesn't even have a telephone. Would you believe the Philadelphia Bell? Apparently the team is no relation to Ma Bell. But at least all the teams have nicknames, including three others with a collective singular label the Chicago Fire, the Portland Storm and the Southern California Sun (no, it's not a Don't laugh, the Chicago Fire already has sold season tickets. If it takes that kind of nickname, perhaps the Stars should consider something like the New York Pollution. Tigers assured of third place finish Andreachuk scores three in loss By THE CANADIAN PRESS Medicine Hat Tigers assured themselves Tuesday of a third place finish in the Western Division of the Western Canada Hockey League but the battle for last playoff still alive. The Tigers downed Kamloops Chiefs 8-4 to move 11 points ahead of Edmonton Oil Kings who lost 3-2 to Saskatoon Blades. The Kings have a three-point lead in the battle for fourth with Victoria Cougars, who lost 6-4 to Calgary Centennials. Alberta champs Nobleford Bladettes won the Alberta "C" girls' title recently ending the year with an impressive 25-3 record: The new champs are, front left to right, Cheryl Sander- son, Wilma Bakker, Wanda Phillips, Julie Zanoni and Shirley Sjogren. Back left to right, managers Shannon Lang and Shirley Beattie, Carolyn Sjogren, Carolyn Phillips, Penny Erickson, Barbara Stewart, Shelly Konynenbelt, Cathy Jankunis and Hans Lisowicz. In the other game Tuesday night. Regina Pats downed Winnipeg Clubs 7-5. Medicine Hat 8 Kamloops 4 The Tigers gained their third win in a row on two goals Petes hit by giarda? PETERBOROUGH. Ont. (CP) Slumping hockey teams are often jokingly referred to as having the plague, but in the case of Peterborough Petes, it may not be a joke. Officials of the Ontario Hockey Association Major Junior A team recently discovered that the .whole team may be suffering from a rare Russian virus ailment known as giarda. 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Saskatoon 3 Edmonton 2 Dan Arndt of Saskatoon scored three third-period goals last Sunday to give Saskatoon a victory over the Oil Kings and Tuesday he scored an unassisted breakaway goal at of the third period for the victory. Others for the Blades came from Pat Price and Blair Chapman. Mike Will and Jim White countered for Edmonton. Calgary 6 Victoria 4 The Centennials, who have clinched first place in the Western Division, got two goals each from Danny Gare and Jerry Holland and one each from Grant Mulvey and Dan Mandryk. Mark Lomenda scored twice and Mel Bridgman and Rick Lapointe added singles for the Cougars. Regina 7 Winnipeg 5 Three goals by Bill Bell led the Pats. Greg Joly, Dave Faulkner, Dennis Sobchuk and Dave Thomas got the other Regina goals. Mike Foch led Winnipeg with two while Gord Blumschein. Gary Wagner and Bob Watson got the others. Norton, Foreman in shape CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) World heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman and challenger Ken Norton were pronounced fit Tuesday for their March 26 title fight. "I am fit and ready to whip Foreman." said the 28-year- old Norton. "I'm sure of a victory because I have confidence in myself and I am mentally prepared." The challenger weighed 217 pounds and said he could easily reduce to 210, his fighting weight, in time for the fight. Both Norton and Foreman have said that they feel fine in the tropical climate of this South American capital. "I feel calm and cool." said Foreman at the medical checkup. Foreman, who the doctors said was in "perfect" shape, was not weighed and returned to training Tuesday afternoon. The 25-year-old champion walked around the new domed Caracas Poliedro Stadium, shaking hands and signing autographs. More than 3.000 boxing fans were on hand for Foreman's sparring sessions. "Norton. Norton, where are asked Foreman as he danced inside the ring. "Come on. Norton. 1 am waiting for you." The challenger had already left. Foreman boxed eight rounds with four sparring partners. The official weigh-in is ex- pected to take place Monday, the day before the bout. Norton is scheduled to receive as a guarantee against 20 per cent of the income from the fight, as well as 130.000 dollars for training expenses. Foreman will earn as guarantee against 40 per cent and in expense money. THE PLEADINVI 'AVE TO PO WITH THAT MAN O1 MINE ID MY OWN MONEY AT< BINGO.' IS GETTIN1 OUT A PROBLEM TOR, YOU, FLO? Bassett feels sure Toros will remain in Toronto NEW YORK (CP) Owner John F. Bassett says he's 99 per cent sure his Toros of the World Hockey Association will remain Toronto, and not move to New York next season. But he's not sure they'll make the playoffs with 10 games left in the regular schedule. "I don't know about the playoffs." he said while in New York for the two-day World Football League draft ending Tuesday. Bassett also is the owner of the WFL's Toronto Northmen franchise. "It looks very tight now. I certainly have some concern whether we're going to make the playoffs or not now." The Toros have dropped their last three games, including two at home, and after Monday's 11-5 loss to Jersey, had only a one-point hold on second place in the WHA's East Division. Only three points separated second and fifth places in the division. Bassett. who is 'looking for a playoff site because the team will have to vacate Varsity Arena after the regular season, says he is trying to rent Maple Leaf Gardens tor playoff games. Asked about rumors the Toronto team will move to New York. Bassett said: "No. we're not going to move to New York. I'm very confident that we'll be able to work out our problems in Toronto and that we'll be able to sign the players we have on our negotiation list. "At this point. I don't have any doubt whatsoever we'll be playing in Toronto, and that we'll be playing in a decent first-class facility. Thai's where I live, that's where the players live, and that's where we want to play. Don Regan, secretary of the WHA. said he didn't believe the WHA would return to New York for at least another year. Bassett also scotched reports that he had secretly signed Ken Dryden. former Montreal Canadiens goalie, to a contract. Dryden left the Canadiens last fall to work for a Toronto law firm. "I wish it were true." Bassett said. "No, we haven't signed him. We signed him to a television contract doing the color on our hockey games and he's getting money from us. I suppose, in a sense that he's articling with a law firm that represents us. 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