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Wednesday, August 14, 1974


Page Eleven

WeN~resday., August 414,. 1974 THE MICHIGANn 4vDAILY Page?^leven

House warns owners
of antitrust review

members of the House threat-
ened the National Football
League owners yesterday with
a thorough inspection of p r o
football's antitrust status if a
fair contract compromise with
the players' association is not
reached or if the union is in-
jured as a result of the 44-day
Rep. John Moss, D-Calif.,
whose subcommittee on coin-
merce has jurisdiction over
restraints of trade and tlhe
Federal Trade Commission
Act, said there are now about
a half of dozen bills pending
that would affect the NFL
antitrust exemptions.
In a letter to John Thomn-
son, executive director of the
NFL Management Council, the
owners' bargaining agent, Moss
"We are today calling on both
the owners and the ;)1ayers -
bit. based on the events de-
scribed in this statement, par-
ticilarly the owners, to ait
dlown swamn tomorrtiw and this
time reach a fair compromise
"If they do not or if vhe
union is significantly iniured,
we want it known we will in-
dertake a comnlete review of
the National Football t(eagsg's
antitrust status, and if the facts
warront. introduce anpropriate
legislation," said Moss.
Signing the letter, in addition
to Moss. were Reps. Bob Eck-
hlrdt. D-Tex.: Ron Delloms, D-
C-lif. Parren J. Mitchell, D-
Md. - Georve E. Brown Jr.: D-
t'alif.: Charles B. Rangel, D-
N.Y.: Walter E. Fauntrov, D-
District of Columbia: Bella S.
Abzre. D-N.Y.: John Convers,
Jr., T)-Much.: Donald W. Rieele
Jr.. D-Mi^h.: John Moaklev. D-
Maiss. and James C. Corman,
Only ifst week. before the
movers' union agreed on the
14-div cooline-off neriod
whi-h beeins today. a dele-
gation of Washineton Red-
skin havers and members
of the NFL Players AssoeiA-
tion executive committee vis-
it0- membrs of Congress to
solicit their sunport if the
NFL's antitrust exemptions
are to be seriously challeng-
In their letter, the members
of Congress cited seven points,

including the players' recom-
mendation for the cooling-off
period which was made at the
request of chief federal media-
tor W. J. Usery Jr.
"We believe the union's deci-
sion was made in the best in-
terest of the National Football
League and the millions of
football fans in the United
States," said the letter.
"We were, therefore, some-
what shocked to read that own-
er Bud Adams and Coach Sid
Gillman of the Houston Oilers
called the players decision "ri-
diculous" and said they had no
intention of using any veteran
who came to the Oilers training
The congressman said they,
would wait for a comparable

move by the owners to de-
monstrate their good faith
in seeking a fair agreement
with the players.
"The above statements a n d
actions do not suggest an ade-
quate desire to bargain by
some of the owners," the let-
ter said. "We trust they repre-
sent a minority viewpoint
The House members said al-
though the evidence indicates
that the owners are the reticent
party in the bargaining, t h e
players are not wholly without
"However, all that is past,"
said the letter. "The public and
the members of Congress must
now think about the future. We
believe the public wants a foot-
ball season.

Wheels seek victory
From Wire Service Reports
YPSILANTI - The Detroit Wheels, still without a victory
in the new World Football League, are hoping for better
things on the field and at the box office when they tangle
with Memphis tonight.
.The Memphis Southmen handed the Wheels a 34-15 set-
back in the season opener and the Detroiters have an string
of five consecutive setbacks.
In addition to problems on the field, the Wheels front
office staff is busy fielding reports that the team is about
to be sold or that its current crop of 33 owners will be
trimmed to a more workable group.
The Wheels hope for a turnout of 20,000 fans for the
clash at Rynearson Stadium at Eastern Michigan Univer-
sity in nearby Ypsilanti.
Louis Lee, president of the Wheels, said a turnout of
that siae would solve a lot of the team's problems, but some
of his fellow owners were not that optimistic about ticket
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Fallen Buc ace Blass
starts sight program

PITTSBURGH ma' - S t e v e
Blass, fallen ace of the Pitts-
burgh Pirate pitching staff, has
been placed on the temporary
inactive list of Pittsburgh's
Charleston farm team in order
to begin a special visual pro-
gram, the Pirates announced
The Pirates said Blass will
work with a California oculist
"in hopes of regaining his pit-
ching proficiency."
Blass will see Dr. William
Harrison in Davis, Calif., then
join the Pirates at S a n
Diego when they play a week-
end series there beginning
Aug. 23.
He will stay with the team
for some time in a non-roster
capacity to work with pitching
coach Don Osborne "in the ap-
listion and coordination of
various visual techniques," the
Pirates said.
Blass has worn eveglasses for
some time, though he seldom
uses them for nitching.
The affable right-hander
who won two World Series
iames for the Pirates in 1971,
has a 2-8 record this year
with the Charlies and a dis-
mal 9.95 earned run average.
Ie has pitched 572/ innings
and has allowed 57 hits, 64

Sports- of The Daily
Horton's knee chopped up
DETROIT - Detroit Tigers outfielder Willie Horton, who has
been on the disabled list since July 12, underwent surgery on his
right knee at Ford Hospital yesterday.
The surgeon who performed the operation, Dr. David Mi-
chell, said, "the inner cartilage of the knee was damaged and
degenerated and was removed."
"'The upper surface of the knee joint was damaged due to
injury and steps were taken to repair the damage," Dr. Mitchell
Horton's knee was not placed in a cast following the operation.
A hospital spokesman said Horton will be put on crutches
and given early exercise to keep the knee mobile. He is expected
to be hospitalized for about a week for treatment and observa-
tion. He will be missing the rest of the reason.
Iowa QB out for season
IOWA CITY - Junior Quarterback Butch Caldwell, a frequent
starter at Iowa the last two seasons, underwent an appendectomy
Monday and probably will miss she 1974 football season.
"We don't anticipate Butch's returning to the team this fall,"
said new Hawkeye Coach Bob Commings yesterday.
Printing presses activated
NEW YORK - The Oakland A's, Los Angeles Dodgers and
Cincinnati Reds were given permission Tuesday by Commissioner
Bowie Kuhn to start printing league championship and World
Series tickets Ainmediately.
Kuhn said ticket prices for the league playoffs and the Series
will remain the same as last year. Box seats for the league playoffs
will be $7 and reserved seats $5, while Series prices will be $15 for
box seats and $10 for reserve seats.

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Pirate Manager Joe L. Brown
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Brown said he talked to Blass
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