Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 14, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
J2 THE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thursday, Oileber R 17 Cmirlfiur speaks Larger parks are necessary KDMONTON' (CPi I'nlcss Fume Western football Confer- ence teams get larger stadiums they'll be out of Hie Canadian Football Lcaguo soon, commis- sioner Jake Gaud a u r said Wednesday. He told a news conference that without more seating ca- pacity, teams such as Edmon- ton Eskimos, Saskatchc w a n lioughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers won't be able to com- pete in the league. "I can't judge when it might j happen but I suggest there needs to be greater seating ca- pacity within a couple of years. "There is responsibility on the part of the club operators and, indeed, a civic responsibility to provide- a facility which will make football viable. By- viable I mean breaking even." He said cosls go up an aver- age of about 10 per cent a year, but seating in Edmonion hasn't been, which means that SlOO-a- platc dinners allow clubs to sur- vive. "People in the east are amazed at what Western Cana- dian lans will do to keep a club alive. The fans are in fact put- ting Iheir money where their mouth is. TMs method of rais- ing money is unique in profes- sional sport, as far as I know." The fans were showing club operators and civic officials they wanted professional foot- ball and this should be. recog- nized by finding a method of providing a decent-sized stad- ium. Clarke, stadium in Edmonton holds slightly more than while eastern stadiums all hold at least Without taking in more money at the gate, west- ern teams wouldn't be able to compete in getting players. .sked abou! expansion, he re- iterated his opposition to mov- ing into the United States be- cause this might attract a Na- tional Football League franchise lo Canada which eventually could kill (lie CFL. Gaudaur said he has applica- tions from Halifax, London, Onl, and Quebec City for fran- chises. "There's a paradox here. The cities in the U.S. have the stad- ium and we can't go there, but UIR Canadian cities, where we can expand, don't have stad- iums He described the import rule as "unfair." Under the rule, a player who has had high-school football training in the U.S. before he is 17 plays in Canada as an im- port. Asked about Eskimos' defen- sive back Dave Walker, who left Canada at 14 to study in the U.S. and who is a Canadian citi- zen but can't play in the CFL as a non-import, he said: "That's the way that crazy rule is. I couldn't agree more than it is unfair." However, he would urge the league to be cautious and not change the rule without consult- ation with human rights com- missions and the federal immi- gration department. The wording of the rule, "which you have to be a Phila- delphia lawyer to makes football training the cri- terion as to whether you play as an import or non-import, Gau- daur said. The rule once used the words "American" and but this meant that a man could be discriminated against be- cause of his nationality. Be- cause this was against the law in some provinces, the wording wa.i changed. Centennials win.. Tigers hit deck "b By THE CANADIAN PRESS Calgary Centennials slipped by the hometown Victoria Cougars ii 4 in overtime Wed- nesday night and moved into sole possession of first place in the Western division of the Wester ri Canada Hockey League. They now have won their first three starts of the season. Meanwhile, Flin Flon Bomb- ers. Eastern division cham- pions last year, finally got out of the division basement by up- setting the Tigers 7 5 in Medicine Hal. U was the first loss after two wins for (he Cougars, playing Uieir first season in the ex- panded league. Victoria almost pulled off a third victory, lead- ing 4 2 with six minutes left in the final period. The Cougars then spent most of the rest of the game in their own zone with two errors re- sulting in Calgary goals. The Cougai-s led 1 0 at the end of the first period and 3-2 at the end of the second. Tim Struch scored his second goal of the night to give Victoria a 4-2 lead early in the third, but careless clearing in front of their own net residted in a goal by Calgary's Mike Rogers. Another defensive error al- lowed Derek Black to tie the game and Russ Weichnick got the winner in the fifth minute of overtime on a power play after a penalty to the Is- lander's Gary Donaldson. Dan Gare and Brian Walker were the other Centennial scor- ers and Greg Robinson and Ernie Miller were the Cougar marksmen. In Medicine Hat. Flin Flon rookie Ron Andruff scored twice and veteran Brian Stoughton also got two goals to help the Bombers to their first win of the season. 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