New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Seaver wins 299th game. Page 11A
Wednesday, July 31,1985 9APlayers 'provoked' by owners' proposal
NEW YORK (AP) — Major league baseball owners say they’d be giving more The players say they’d be getting less.
And the Aug. 6 strike deadline is now only six days away.
On Tuesday, the owners offered to increase their annual payment lo the players’ pension plan from $15.5 million to $25 million but tied that amount to escalating salaries sc that the contribution could actually drop to zero.
“They’ve been after us all year about when we’d make a specific money proposal. We’ve
done that,” said Lee MacPhail, head of the owners’ Player Relations Committee.
But that proposal provoked the Players Association, rather than pacifying it.
“Plain and simply, this is not a proposal, it seems to me, that is designed to do anything except provoke a reaction that the players who were in the meeting had. which is that they must be crazy,” said Don Fehr, head of the union. “It cannot do anything except substantially retard any possibility of reaching an agreement.”
At issue is how much of the current $1.1
billion network television package the owners will contribute to the pension plan. In the past, that figure has been about one-third.
With the new TV contract, a one-third share would be about $60 million per year. MacPhail, who during an owners’ meeting in Houston in December predicted this would be “the most troublesome” issue, has said one-third is too much.
The owners say that to reach a break-even point by 1988, player salaries can increase by-no more than $13 million per year.
Their proposal says that for every $1 million over $13 million that salaries go up each year, $1 million would be deducted from the pension contribution.
The owners have predicted salaries will increase $34 million next season, which would reduce the pension payment to only $4 million. If salaries went up $38 million, the contribution would be nothing.
“Theoretically, it could go to zero,” MacPhail admitted.
Fehr was more direct.
“You get four times as much in network
TV money and your pension contribution goes down,” he said, shaking his head.
Fehr said the proposal amounted to a salary cap, which the union has vehemently opposed, because total player benefits could not exceed $38 million — $25 million for the pension plan and $13 million for salary increases, or a combination of the two.
“It's a salary cap, regardless of what you call it,” Fehr said.
The two sides were scheduled to meet again today.
Gonzalez calls for boxing ban
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A San Antonio congressman, with the support of the American Medical Association, is seeking a ban on professional boxing, equating it with cockfighting.
But the consensus at a congressional hearing Tuesday favored standardized safety rules instead.
“To an aficionado of boxing, a ban seems extreme,” said Rep. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., sponsor of a measure that would establish a national boxing commission. “Yes, we should do all we can to correct some of the problems which have led the AMA and some members of Congress to advocate a ban of the sport. No, we should not make this sport illegal without first trying to right the health and safety wrongs which exist.”
Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez, D-Texas, said the bill he has introduced “makes no bones about it — it seeks to abolish professional boxing.” It would regulate amateur boxing.
“We call ourselves a civilized nation, but our civility with respect to brutality of one animal over another extends so far only to chickens and dogs and bulls, not to human beings,” Gonzalez testified before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce. Energy and Tourism.
"Those of us who allow the boxing industry to continue, who repeatedly shirk the responsibilities with which we’re charged in the protection of the health and welfare of our constituents, only perpetuate human degradation and the industry that thrives on the exploitation of gullible.
‘We call ourselves a civilized nation, but our civility with respect to brutality of one animal over another extends so far only to chickens and dogs and bulls, not to human beings.'
Henry B. Gonzalez
foolishly courageous young men,” Gonzalez said.
“Banning boxing is in my judgment not the answer,” testified Rep. Pat Williams, D-Mont., sponsor of a bill similar to Richardson’s.
“Banning boxing today will simply mean that America’s prizefight capitals will become Juarez and Montreal,” he said.
Williams’ bill would establish a “quasi-federal” corporation that would register boxers and set safety standards.
Austinite wins fifth swimming gold
BATON ROUGE. U *AP> High school swimmer Jeff Olsen of Austin and speed skater Bonnie Blair have fix e cliampionships apiece in the sixth Natoma! .Sports festival but needed some llth-hour switches lo complete their feats
Blair even moved into men s competition to get her fifth As the showcase for developing future Olympians moved into its final six days. Olsen and Blair ranked as the individual standouts and possible names to keep in nund for the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea Replacing a teammate, Olsen picked up his fifth win in the 400-meter freestyle rela>
“There was a lot of pressure on me because of the boy that got out. said Olsen after he anchored the the West ‘A’ squad to victory Tuesday mg lit Olsen got a shot at his fifth title when coaches
bumped Karl Staggs of San Antonio from the rela> quartet.
Earlier, Olsen won the 200-meter butterfly and SOO, 400 and 800-meter freest .vies He was awarded four gold medals because the boo free is not an Olympic event, but his five victories tied the SSK record for men set b> gymnast Scott Johnson in 1983 “Wedid it All right," screamed the 18-year-old, who will soon enter his senior year of high school. His total was one short of the six victories-bv swimmer Sippy Woodhead in 1979 at Colorado Springs, Colo.. but the most by a male swimmer.
A 21-year-old junior college student from Champaign, IU., Blair iiad an eighth-place Olympic finish in the 500 meters a year ago. She found a creative way to pick up lier last gold on Tuesday •
On Monday, she won the women's 500 and
1,500-meter races and added the 1.000 Tuesday tiefore skating a leg on the South’s victorious 3,000-meter relay team. Both Tuesday victories came in record tunes.
Then, due to ail injury. .she took a spot on the men's 5,000-meter relay and helped them set a festival record of 8:10.32
I never thought I could win five golds.” she said after becoming the first speed skater to take home that many.
For Ulsen and Blair the day was golden, but for the South women's softball team it will be remembered as very, very long — with a bronze medal to show for their endurance.
After setting an NSF record w ith a 21-mning 1-0 victory over the West that began Monday night and ended at 2:24 a m. Tuesday, they went another 21 innings before losing 1-4) to the North — a defeat that denied them a chance at the gold medal.
But in a mere regulation seven-inning game,
the South defeated the East 2-0 to grab the
Other highlights of Tuesday ’s events:
Darrell Pace, the two-time Olympic gold medalist in archery, held off archnval Rick McKinney to capture his third NSF championship rn a thrilling battle of long-range accuracy and nerves.
— Sparked by 16-year-old high school student Hugh Foster, the South edged the West in the men’s volleyball final 16-14, 9-15,15-5,154. The 6-foot4 Foster had 24 kills, nearly twice as many as any player in the match.
— In tennis, third-seeded Tim Donovan of Pittsburgh upset No. I Rich Benson of Ogden, Utah, 6-2,7-6 to win the gold in men’s singles. In women’s singles, fourth-seeded Nicole Arendt of Princeton, N.J., destroyed third-rated Sharon Fletcher of Spokane, Wash., 6-1, 6-2 for the gold.
Quick Rozier catching up with Oiler plays
SAN ANGELO (AP) - Houston ler running back Mike Rozier could (come the first pro football player have consecutive 1,606 yard asons in the same calendar year But he says lie’ll have to learn the ays first.
“When you are out there running ays and you’ve got IO ballplayers ling one way and one ballplayer )ing the opposite way, it looks a [tie stupid,” Honer said. “But they re coming down slowly hut surely. After more than a week of two-a-av drills in his first National
Football league camp, the Oilers aren’t too concerned about Rozier learning his plays.
But the former Heisman Trophy winner from Nebraska is impatient “The first few days I was kind of confused and upset with myself that I didn’t know the plays,” he said. “The biggest thing is learning the plays.
“They were talking about I didn’t have to do two-a-days but I feel I have to to learn the plays and be up with the rest of the players. I want to get it down quick.
Rozier finished his second United
States Football league season in June with Jacksonville after gaming 1,361 yards rushing and 366 yards receiving on 50 catches.
He signed with the Oilers July I and reported to camp July 22.
While Rozier learns his numbers on the field, he’s already taken care of his money numbers off the field.
He received $2.5 million from Pittsburgh and Jacksonville for two-year’s service in the United States Football league and signed a four-year, $2.25 million contract with the Oilers.
By the time Hazier sits his weary' cleats aside following the his first season in the National Football league, he will have earned about $2.25 million for the 1985 season alone, his agent Art Wilkinson said.
“I have enough money to last the rest of my life," Rozier said. “After this contract, I can sit back and drink Cokes all my life.”
Wilkinson makes a case for saying Rozier is the highest paid athlete ever over a 12-month period.
Rozier received $500,000 in January from the USFL Pittsburgh
Maulers as a buyout of his original contract. He played for the Jacksonville Bulls until June, earning another $450,000, Wilkinson said.
Counting signing bonus, a loan and base salary for 1985, Rozier will pocket another $1.3 million for the first year of his Oiler contract, Wilkinson said.
“That’s not a bad way to earn a living,” Wilkinson said. "He’s going to be in a situation where he doesn’t run into the kind of problems we’ve seen others run into recently.”
New Braunfels is ranked ninth among the state's Class 4A teams, according to a poll taken at the Texas High School Coaches Association coaching school this week.
The Unicorns, state quar-terfinalists the last three years, are ranked below one other team from Region IV — Gregory-Portland, which knocked the Unicorns from the playoffs a year ago.
The poll, which was selected by the sportswriters covering the convention, picked Tomball as the state’s top-ranked 4A team. Defending state champ Denison was fifth.
In Class 5A, Odessa Permian is the top-ranked team, wh Ie Judson is third and San Antonio Clark eighth.
Defending state 3A champ Medina Valley is seventh in the poll, with Hempstead picked as the top team.
The convention wraps up Thursday with the annual North South football game at Texas Stadium. New Braunfels’ Kraig Krause is among the starters for the South squad.
Complete list of top IO teams, Page ICA.