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Page 10-Wednesday, September 22, 1982-The Michigan Daily
,Television networks scramble to

adjust progranung di
NEW YORK (AP) - The first and p.m., followed by the Calgary Stam-
most immediate impact of the National peders at the Edmonton Eskimos at 4
Football League Players Association p.m.
strike was felt in the television industry THE NBC contract with the CFL,
yesterday, with. all three networks rTahedNBClot rac, sestwihlytheeFL
planning alternate programming to reace last July, is essentily a weeka
replace the usual diet of NFL games. to-we reeent nd iu a
ABC rtre h ieso ceue clause requiring the network to black
ABC returned the time slot scheduled out a number of markets close to
for tomorrow night's Atlanta-Kansas Canada. Among thae cities who will
City game to its entertainment division naa Among thoe cre Chovll
and it will be filled by a Peter Falk not see the CFL games are Cleveland,
movie, "The Cheap Detective," and an Buffalo, Detroit, Rochester, Seattle,
abbreviated edition of the news show Spokane and Toledo with network af-
20-20 dealing with the final days of filiates in those cities substituting local
Princess Grace of Monaco. programming.
MONDAY NIGHT, when ABC would NBC said it could still cover NFL
have shown the Cincinnati at Cleveland games this weekend if a quick set-
NFL game, the network will beam a tlement were reached in the strike. But
Clint Eastwood movie, "The Outlaw a firm decision on coverage would have
Josey Wales." to be made by Friday when the network
Those movies will command con- dispatches its mobile units and crews to
siderably less in advertising revenue prepare for the Sunday telecasts. The
than the approximate $150,000 per 30- network's deal with the CFL, worth ap-
second commercial commanded by the proximately $100,000 per game,
network's Monday night NFL package. provides payment only if games are
NBC has scheduled a Canadian Foot- shown.
ball League double-header for Sunday,
beginning with the British Columbia CBS will stick with NFL coverage,
Lions at the Toronto Argonauts at 1:30 presenting an expanded version of its

urng strike
regular NFL Today show dealing with
the strike issues starting at 12:30 p.m.,
followed by an edited version of Super
Bowl XVI between the San Francisco
49ers and Cincinnati Bengals.
THERE HAD been some speculation
that the networks might present college
football games to replace the NFL
telecasts but there were no immediate
plans to do so. Donn Bernstein, a
spokesman for ABC, said there had
been some "internal dialogue" about
the potential of Sunday NCAA games.
"But it hasn't surfaced since then. It is
on the back burner," he said.
DeLoss Dodds, the athletic director
at the University of Texas, said he
thought moving college games to Sun-
days during the strike would be "ill-
advised."
The NFL and the colleges have
agreements to play their games on days
that would not conflict with each other.
"I don't feel that I can say that Texas
will or will not play a game on a Sun-
day, but right now I'd be opposed to it,"
said Dodds.

THE SPORTING VIEWS
Strike gives Rozelle some big dreams...
...and an end to USFL competition

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TBS to televise all-star' games

By CHUCK JAFFE
NATIONAL FOOTBALL League commissioner Pete
Rozelle is a happy man today, even though the
NFL players have gone out on strike.
No, Rozelle hasn't been renting himself out as a
tackling dummy, but he feels that the walk-out will put
an end to the upstart United States Football League.
Since team owners do not want to refund money, the
NFL season will include all the regular season games,
even those missed during the strike. If the NFL season
runs into March it will wipe out the start of the USFL
schedule and undoubtedly sweep the new league away
with it.
To understand just how Rozelle got this train of
thought you have to read the transcript of the last unan-
nounced contract talks before the strike was declared.
Although the meeting was not covered by the press, it
did have significant bearing on the future of football, as
Rozelle found his way to continue the NFL's monopoly of
the pro football market. Present at the meeting were.
Rozelle, union executive director Ed Garvey, union
president Gene Upshaw, Jack Donlan, the executive
director of the NFL Management Council, and Detroit
Lions' owner William Clay Ford.
Rozelle: Okay gentlemen, let's get
down to business. What are we going
to do with this contract? What about
all of this strike business?
Upshaw: We're gonna strike!
Garvey: Shut up Gene. Mr. Com-
missioner, the union has already
changed its demands from 55% of
the attendance revenues to a portion
of the television contracts. We feel
that this is a step in the right direc-
tion.
Donlan: The owners won't go for
it. They've instructed me to offerRozell
each player a lifetime supply of
athletic tape, but no television ... why is he
money. smiling.,
Ford: The television money is fine with me, but I have
to find out what Billy Sims says. His new contract gives
him control of the team.
Shut up Gene
Garvey: We feel that our demands are equitable for
everyone. The gains from signing now outweigh the
financial losses of a strike.

Upshaw: Yeah, a strike!
Garvey: Shut up Gene. I don't have to remind you of
how much money a strike would cost the owners.
Ford: I don't think Billy would go for that.
Rozelle: Let's calm down here for a minute. I want to
remind you all that we could all lose. The NCAA
television contract was just declared illegal. Some
schools, like USC and Oklahoma have already said they
would negotiate their own contract. Without television,
we would go under.
Garvey: Don't worry Mr. Commissioner. USC and
Oklahoma players are professionals. They belong to the
union. If we strike, they strike.
Upshaw: Yeah, we strike and they strike!
Rozelle: Shut up Gene. Mr. Garvey, is there any way
you could do anything to strengthen our position against
the United States Football League?
Garvey: Well sir, I do have a contract proposal that
could take care of everything. I know it is a little crazy,
but hear me out. I say that we strike until December.
Then we resume our schedule, and play all of the
remaining games. That would carry our playoffs into
March, the heart of the USFL season.
Rozelle: That would ruin them.
Garvey: Plus, the networks would be so desperate for
football during the Christmas season that they will
gladly up the contracts by a few million dollars. That
money will go to the players and settle the contract
dispute.
Ford: I think Billy will like that.
Donlan: The owners will hold a lock-out to keep the
strike in the news. We'll strike now, and play in Decem-
ber.
Upshaw: Yeah, strike now, play in December.
Garvey: Are we agreed?
Ford: Billy says so.
Upshaw: I strike, you strike, he strikes.
Donlan: Let's hear it for big business.
Upshaw: ...she strikes, we all strike.
Rozelle: Our strike will ruin the USFL and the NCAA.
It is amazing that a union can do so much to further the
cause of antitrust. We'll wipe out the competition and
make millions.
Upshaw: Everybody strikes.
So now the strike is set, and Pete Rozelle is a happy
man. He should be. After all, football season is only
three months away.

ATLANTA (AP) - Turner Broad-
casting System has set up an
agreement with the striking National
Football League players to televise the
games of a six-team all-star league,
TBS President Robert Wussler said
yesterday.
Wussler said he saw the contract as a
way of "providing our viewers with an
alternative form of professional foot-
ball."
IF THE STRIKE lasts longer than
two weeks, the games would be broad-

cast via satellite to cable television
systems in all 50 states. TBS owns WT-
BS-TV in Atlanta and the Cable News
Network, both of which are broadcast
to cable systems via satellite.
Wussler said TBS is simply the
carrier of the games, and Ed Garvey,
executive director of the NFL Players
Association, has a "very complex
arrangement" with a West Coast
promoter to provide the playing essen-
tials, such as ordering their uniforms,
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"It's quite an elaborate
arrangement. I have seen the
documents," Wussler said.
THE CONTRACT with TBS calls for
the NFLPA to organize six teams
representing each divisin of the NFL,
with the first all-star game scheduled to
be played at RFK Stadium in
Washington Oct. 3, he said. Subsequent
games will be scheduled on Sunday and
Monday nights, to be played at varous
sites, he said.
Detroit Lions' center Amos Fowler
said Monday an all-star game was set
for Tiger Stadium on Oct 17.
However, according to Tigers
General Manager Jim Campbell,
striking players and the Turner Broad-
casting System have not arranged for
an all-star game in Tiger Stadium, nor
will there be one.
"TIGER STADIUM is not available
as far as we're concerned," Campbell
said yesterday. "And we do control the
stadium."
"We have no contract," he added.
"Nobody from Turner Broadcasting
has contacted us."
Tiger Stadium would not be used "for
one game," Campbell said. "What if
they get a wet rainy day. It would tear
up the field. We wouldn't do it for one
game."

D
Donlan sets strike terms.

NEW YORK (AP)- The National
Football League will play its games
with free agents and rookies if enough
regular players choose to ignore their
union's strike, the owners' chief
negotiator said yesterday.
Jack Donlan, the executive director
of the NFL Management Council, the
owners' bargaining unit, also said:
" tomorrow night's Atlanta-at-Kansas
City game and next weekend's schedule
still have not been officially scrapped
by the league.
" the league will take legal action to
prevent the players from staging their
cable-televised all-star games.
" he believed it wouldn't be long before
players began going over the union's
leadership in demanding a settlement,
and,
" there were no talks scheduled with
the union.
"The league is looking into that,"
Donlan said when asked if the NFL
would try to stagegames despite the
strike, which began yesterday. "Ob-
viously we're going to have to take a
hard look at the people who will be
available.
"THE LEAGUE has said right from
the beginning that it does not want to
impair the integrity of the game. So
what we would do is we would examine
on a daily basis the number of athletes
who are prepared to play, and if the
league feels it can put on NFL-caliber
football, then at that point in time, we'll

play football."
The strike started following the con
clusion of Green Bay's 27-19 victory
over the New York Giants Monday
night, the final game of the secon
weekend. The Falcons-Chiefs game
would be the first affected.
"I'd be hard-pressed to say whethe
we'll play this weekend, but as of now
those games and Kansas City's are stil
on as far as the league is concerned,'
said Donlan, who acknowledged tha
neither team had shown up yesterday
for practice. "We'll see who shows up
tomorrow night," he said.
THE MANAGEMENT Council on
Tuesday notified all 28 teams that
among other things:
" No players active, inactive, injured
reserve and physically unable to per
form will be paid, starting with th
third week of the season.
" Players will not be allowed to prac
tice or work out at club facilities, club
equipment will not be made available t
players and clubs won't arrange fo
outside practice or work facilities o
permit any club personnel to par
ticipate in player workouts or pra
tices.
" Starting today, players will no
receive medical treatment o
rehabilitation at club facilities althoug
the club will be responsible for the cos
of treatment or rehabilitation furnishe
at outside facilities.
The union, which signed a

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d agreement with Turner Broadcasting
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e work, to televise a series of so-called
"Players League" games, has lined up
a schedule of six games-Oct. 11 at
b RFK Stadium in Washington, Oct. 17 in
o Detroit, Oct. 18 in Houston's
r Astrodome, Oct. 31 in Dallas, Nov. 15 in
r Orlando, Fla., and Nov. 22 in
- Shreveport, La.
''We will take legal action against all
appropriate parties" to prevent the
t games from being staged, Donlan said.
r "We will seek an injunction."
h Donlan said he hadn't believed there
t would be a strike "and I continue to
d believe that it won't last very long
because I believe that the players areO
n like employees all over. What they want
is more money and better benefits, and
that's out there for them.
"And I don't really believe that the
players believe that it's imperative that
it come in a certain package as opposed
to another," Donlan continued.
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Still drowning your sorrows after last
Saturday night's game of national
humiliation? Well, why no perk your-
self up by picking the winners from our
list of the biggest college football
games this weekend.
Psych majors should be especially
good at this. So use your telepathy to
win a small, one-item pizza from Pizza
Bob's. Bring your Gridde picks, with
the score of the Michigan game, to the
Daily offices at 420 Maynard by mid-
night on Friday. Don't forget to include0
your name, address and phone number.
1. UCLA at MICHIGAN
2. Stanford at Ohio State
3. Michigan State at Miami (Fla.)
4. Washington State at Minnesota
5. Pittsburgh at Illinois
6. Toledo at Wisconsin
7. Iowa at Arizona
8. Northern Illinois at
Northwestern
9. Purdue at Notre Dame A

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