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SPOR TS OF THE DAILY
Iowa T-shirt sa
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A former
manager of Hawkeye John's Trading
Post testified Thursday that the words
"noose" and "hang Jim Bain" were
mentioned at a meeting to plan a T-
shirt showing Bain, a Big Ten referee,
with a rope around his neck.
Doug Shalla told Johnson County
District Court jurors that he met with
John Gillispie, owner of Hawkeye
John's, and a salesman on March 8,
1982 to discuss designing the T-shirt.
"THERE WAS talk of putting a shirt
together of Jim Bain in a referee shirt
and I believe there was talk of putting a
noose around his neck," Shalla told the
three-man, five-woman jury.
"The phrase 'hang Jim Bain' did
come up," Shalla testified.
Bain, 53, of Decatur, Ill., is suing
John and Karen Gillispie and Hawkeye
John's Trading Post for damages
allegedly caused by the T-shirt. Bain
claimed in earlier testimony that the T-
shirt shows him with a noose around his
neck and is "a promotion to do
something physical to hurt Jim Bain."
THE VETERAN referee is seeking
an undetermined cash settlement for-
damages he said the T-shirt caused to
his peace of mind, career and
Gillispie, called to the stand as a'
hostile' witness by Bain's attorney,
testified Wednesday and Thursday that
the rope is not a noose.
"I never ever described the T-shirt as
having a noose. I didn't intend to put a
noose around his neck on the shirt,"
Gillispie said Thursday.
" THE T-SHIRT was not advocating
any violence to anyone whatsoever. It
was an attempt to signify to anyone who
bought it that I felt the referee had
Gillispie said he made the T-shirt for
two reasons - to make money and to
express his displeasure with a foul call
made by Bain at the buzzer in a March
6, 1982 basketball game between Iowa
The late foul call allowed Purdue's
Dan Palombizio to make two free
throwswithno time left. He sank the
first shot to give Purdue a 66-65 win.
The call enraged Iowa fans, who
didn't believe a foul had been commit-
ted. Bain admitted on the witness stand
that he incorrectly called the foul on
Iowa's Kevin Boyle when, he said,
Iowa's Greg Stokes had actually been
the one guilty of pushing.
fight the Quebec Sports Safety Board anybod
says is illegal. are goir
Promoter Regis Levesque, who has "Jim
tried for three years to cajole Frazier can cou
out of retirement for the fight, presided TheI
over the contract signing at a abovea
restaurant Levesque owns. he is a
LEVESQUE HAS promised both "I t
fighters $160,000 to meet June 23 in vulnera
suburban Laval, headlining a six-bout "OnceI
card. The Quebec Professional Boxing ruined.
Federation has agreed to sanction the
bout, provided the former boxers pass a
thorough medical examination.
But Gilles Neron, who heads the
provincial sports safety board, said
Wednesday that holding the bout in
Laval would be illegal.
"The only place it would be legal
would be in Montreal or Quebec City,
and I don't think these athletic com-
missions would give permission for
such a fight," Neron said.
Brown predicts exoneration
LOS ANGELES (AP)-Jim Brown, a
pro football Hall of Famer turned actor,
predicted yesterday he would be
exonerated after he was arraigned in
Municipal Court on charges of rape,
sexual batter and assault.
"I'm still standing tall. My back
hasn't been broken," said Brown, who
signed autographs and blew kisses to
fans who crowded the hallways of the
Criminal Courts building.
His attorney, Johnnie Cochran,
declared, "Jim Brown did not strike
y, did not rape anybody and w4
ng to prove that...
Brown will be acquitted-you
nt on that," Cochran said.
hulking Brown, who towereO
sea of photographers, told themt
victim of his own fame and
s also of racism.
hink any public figure
able to charges," Brown said.
I was arrested, my career was
Boston Celtic guard Danny Ainge exhibits both fear and determination,
charging into the crowd for a loose ball in Wednesday's victory over the
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Canadiens 3, Capitals 2
MONTREAL (AP) - Washington's
Bobby Carpenter became the first
American to score 50 goals in a
National Hockey League season, but a
third-period goal by Guy Carbonneau
proved to be the winner as the Montreal
Canadiens defeated the Capitals 3-2 last
Carbonneau flicked a backhand pass
from the left-wing boards that deflected
off defenseman Scott Steven's stick and
over Washington goaltender Pat
Riggin's shoulder at 14:18 of the third
period to break a 2-2 tie.
Bruins 1, Blues 1
BOSTON (AP) - Doug Gilmour
scored unassisted with less than four
minutes remaining yesterday to lift the
St. Louis Blues into a 1-1 tie with the
Boston Bruins in the National Hockey
Gilmour picked up a loose-clearing
pass in the Boston zone after 16:19 of
the third period and fired a 40-footer
past Bruins goalie Pete Peeters for his
19th goal of the year.
The tie interrupted losing streaks for
both teams.'St. Louis had lost four and
Boston two. The decision moved the
Blues five points ahead of Chicago in
the race for first place in the Norris ,
MONTREAL (AP)-Former world
heavyweight boxing champion Joe
Frazier, who is 41, and onetime
Canadian champ Robert Cleroux, who
is 47, signed a contract Wednesday for a
ARE YOU LOST?
DO YOU FEEL
OUT OF TOUCH
WITH YOUR SCHOOL
AND YOUR TOWN?
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THE SPORTING VIEWS
Ticket prices up...
1985 Washington Post Writers Group
Reprinted with Permission
GET IN TOUCH
KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING
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By MARK KOVINSKY
While everyone on campus was busy figuring out how far
the Michigan basketball team could travel down the road to
the Final Four, the University's Board in Control of Inter-
collegiate Athletics quietly (and I mean quietly) announced
last week that ticket prices for next fall's football games would
be going up.
"Who cares?" and "So what?" you say. "Nice timing"
would be more like it. The Board could not have chosen a bet-
ter time to spring this on alumni, faculty, and students alike.
I can see it now:
"Well, Joe, when do you think we should announce that
ticket prices aregoing uo?
"I don't know Bill. The basketball team's going real good
now and everyone seems happy with the Athletic Depar-
tment. No time like the present."
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the Board purposely
delayed the decision until the right moment. But, if nothing
else it sure looks as though the Board caught everyone with
their backs turned (to the NCAA hoops in this case).
Still, before jumping to conclusions and criticizing the
March 12 decision as a mere move to squeeze another buck
out of the Wolverine faithful, let's review some of the possible
reasons behind the increase.
" For starters, the football team will only play six home
games this fall, down one from 1984. Simple arithmetic in-
dicates that revenue from the program will decline. In fact,
even with the increase, season ticket prices (and therefore
revenue) for students and fans will decrease from $45.50 to
$42 and $91 to $84, respectively.
"Who cares?" you still insist. The rest of the Athletic
It needs the money from the football program, or there
would be no hockey, wrestling, and women's sports.
" Believe it or not, the new $14 tag -on Michigan football
games is just about average for the Big Ten. According to
the Athletic Department, Ohio State will hit its patrons for
the highest price ($17) while Minnesota will muster the
lowest fare ($13) from whomever it can get to fill the stands.
All in all, the Board could have done much more damage to
our pocketbooks with the security of knowing that tle
stadium would still be full every other Saturday in the fall.
* It's Ripley's again. Believe it or not, television revenues
from football games have gone down since the U.S. Supreme
Court ruled that schools could negotiate their own TV con-
Now you must be saying, "No way, how can that be true
when each school can appear on network television more Of-
ten and negotiate cable contracts to boot?" The answer:is
simple. The networks pay the universities for broadcasting
rights. Advertisers pay the networks for their time. But now
that so many college football games are broadcast on ABC,
CBS, and cable, that network time is no longer worth as much
to advertisers. Hence, the networks are making less and
passing on less to schools like Michigan. And the cable
packages just can't make up the difference.
All of these reasons are valid grounds for upping the cost to
see your favorite Wolverine take the field, but they can't 011
be responsible -,can they? N
If you ask some of the top brass down at the corner of State
and Hoover, you might think so.
"The only reason I've ever had for raising ticket prides
around here is to try to balance our budget," said Ticl~et
Manager Al Renfrew. "We don't ever do it unless we have
No offense Mr Renfrew, but this sounds like someone's
mother telling her kid that she punished her because she
Assistanf Athletic Director Don Lund, however, helpe
shed a little more light on the subject. He attributed the price
increase to each one of the reasons above and added another
"Sportsview (the cable operation that Michigan had a cln-
tract with in 1984) went belly-up and didn't pay," Lund said.
"They didn't even pay their announcers."
Hearing this only makes you wonder if the football
program was somewhat of a mess of the field as well as on.
In fact, like the team, the Athletic Department must also ip-
prove its performance next year. Unfortunately, the start
had to take place where it hurts the most - our pocketbook's.
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