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Page 10-Thursday, July 30, 1981-The Michigan Daily

Raider trial

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The lan-
dmark anti-trust case of the Oakland
Raiders vs. the National Football
League was placed yesterday in the
hands of a jury which must decide
issues affecting the future of
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I
pass the baton to you," said U.S.
District Judge Harry Pregerson, who
had presided during 12 weeks of
testimony in the complex trial.
THE JURY was asked to decide,
among other things, whether the NFL
violated antitrust laws when its mem-
bers forbade - Oakland Raiders
managing partner Al Davis to move his
team to Los Angeles.
Outside court, both Davis and NFL
Commissioner Pete Rozelle said the
long legal battle has planted
animosities which will not soon be
forgotten, no matter what The outcome
of the case.
"I really don't have that much
respect for Pete Rozelle," said a bitter
Davis. "I think he destroyed his
credibility. He came off as a guy who
misled the court."
- ROZELLE TOLD reporters, "I'd be
less than human to say there aren't
hard feelings."
But he insisted that if the case is
decided in favor of the NFL and Davis
remains in the league, "I'd just deal
with him as I have in the past, like I
have with all 27 clubs."
The last words jurors heard from at-
torneys before they retired to
deliberate came from the plaintiffs'
sinle - the Raiders and the Los Angeles
Coliseum Commission.
ATTORNEY Maxwell Blecher,
representing the Coliseum, told jurors

to look at the facts with intelligence, but
not emotion and consider it a business
"This is a commercial case about
people fighting for business advan-
tage," Blecher said. "You must not let
yourselves be swayed by emotion or
He noted that the case had received
massive publicity "because it's focused
on whether our free enterprise system
is going to work."
Both Blecher and attorney Joseph
Alioto, representing the Raiders, con-
tended that the league's disputed rule
4.3, which requires league team
owners' consent for any single team's
move of its base of operations, is anti-
competitive and illegal.
"Competition will exist in the NFL
only if you free us from the bondage of
this rule," Blecher said.
Swimmer wins gold
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - U.S.
swimmer Jill Sterkel won her fifth gold
medal of the World University Games
yesterday, matching the record set by
Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci
earlier in the games.i
Games records were set in all four
events during the final day of swim-
ming competition as Sterkel gave the
U.S. women's 400-meter medley relay
team a clear-cut lead by turning in a
stunning performance in the butterfly
The United States won the gold with a
games-record four minutes, 18.85
seconds, ahead of Romania's 4:22.14
and the Soviet Union's third-place
Mariners to sign manager
SEATTLE (AP) - The owner of the

sent to jur
Seattle Mariners says he plans to sign Bubacar, whowas clocked in 10.84.
Rene Lachemanin, the club's interim
manager, to a permanent contract for Penske testifies
the 1982 season. INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Car owner
George Argyros, who was in New Roger Penske testified yesterday there
York for a meeting of major league would have been ample time for Bobby
owners yesterday, said that while Unser to catch up to Mario Andretti had
Lachemaon had not been officially a one-lap penalty been assessed after
rehired, he did not expect problems Unser allegedly committed a violation
negotiating a contract. on the 150th lap of the Indianapolis 500:.,
"I'm pleased with the job he has Unser was not penalized until the
done," Argyros told The Seattle Post- following morning, when the U.S. Auto
Intelligencer in a telephone interview. Club awarded the victory to Andretti. A
"I'm not going to have any problems hearing on Unser's protest of that
with Lach. I get along well with him." ruling resumed today at USAC
Moses wins headquarters.
FORMIA, Italy (AP) - U.S. hurdler "IF THE PENALTY was made on
Edwin Moses, running against a brisk the spot, we could have changed our
wind, won the 200-meter event in an in- driving tactics. At that time we were
ternational meet yesterday, but fell running 3-4-5 mph faster than anybody
short of setting a world record in the else. No one told us about the possibility
distance. of a penalty," Penske said.
Moses, who holds the world record in -"When you have a penalty you
the 400-meter hurdles, ran the shorter operate under an entirely different set
distance in 23.12 seconds, more than of circumstances because you're trying
one-half second slower than the record to make up the lap," Penske said.
of 22.5 set in 1960 by fellow American "There was no question Bobby Unser
Glenn Davis. could haye got ahead of the leader and
The 200-meter hurdles is not an stayed in front until the next yellow
Olympic event and is seldom run. light and then unlap himself. No
Moses beat fellow Americans Bart question whatsoever.".
Williams, who was second in 23.34, and Unser has never denied he passed a
Rod Milburn, who was third in 23.84. line of cars as he left the pits under the
In other events, American sprinter yellow caution light. What he vehemen-
Emmit King won the 100-meter dash in tly denies is the contention that his con-
a slow time of 10.74 seconds, also again- duct on the crucial 150th lap was in any
st the wind. He beat Italy's Diallo way improper.




Strike talks resume
today in New York
(AP)-With club owners meeting on the East Coast and players doing likewise
on the West Coast, major league-baseball went through the 48th day of its strike
In Washington, meanwhile, federal mediator Kenneth Moffett announced that
negotiators for the two sides would resume talks in New York today, a week after
they broke off following four fruitless days of bargaining in the nation's capital last
THE TALKS BETWEEN representatives of club owners and players are set to
begin at 2 p.m. EDT, Moffett said.
The negotiations had been moved to Washington last week at the urging of Labor
Secretary Ray Donovan.
On Wednesday, the National and American leagues' owners met in two groups in
New York and the players' representatives met in Los Angeles. All three meetings
were described as informational in nature.
MORE THAN 25 percent of the season-579 games-have been lost to the strike,
which began June 12.
Heading into Wednesday's regional players meeting, where chief negotiator
Marvin Miller was to explain the progress of negotiations and answer questions,
Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Davey Lopes said: "The union is solid."
Lopes earlier had vented his frustration at the way the'talks were being handled.
"I THINK THERE was some misconception that myself and some other players
who spoke up were not behind the players association," said Lopes. "That's not
true. When you've been out of work for a long time, your natural reaction is to
question why therehasn't been a settlement.
"We are strong collectively asa unit. We have tremendous confidence in Marvin
Miller," Lopes said. "He would never do anything detrimental to the players."
The meeting drew an estimated 75 players-mostly from the Dodgers, California
Angels, San Diego Padres.
AT LEAST 10 of the 12 NL owners were at their meeting before the joint session
with AL bosses, who met alone for about three hours.
Most of them issued a terse "No comment" to the press when they left together
in a fleet of limousines for the joint meeting at the City Corp. building.
"We just went through spring training. Now we start the season," said Ed Fit-
zger ald, chairman of the owners' Player Relations Committee and member of the
board of directors of -the Milwaukee Brewers, apparently. referring o the up-
-coming joint session.

AP Photo'
Hanging in there
Mark Caso, a UCLA junior from Syracuse, New York, performs on the still
rings at the National Sports Festival in Syracuse enroute to a gold medal.
Caso is returning from a gymnastics accident in which he broke his neck.


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