Dawidczyk communicated the same message. Shortly after the forfeited final, as the Cosmos watched the Dudley players receive their championship trophies, Dawidczyk brought his over to Tristam. "This is for you," he said.
After Pinnacle Sports Productions of Alcorn, Neb., won the exclusive radio rights to broadcast Nebraska football for the next five seasons, many Cornhuskers fans were disappointed that the company, which paid a reported $8.6 million for the rights last February, did not also snatch up Kent Pavelka to handle the play-by-play. Pavelka had been calling Nebraska games on KFAB, the school's former flagship station, since 1983 and had come to be known as the Voice of the Huskers. Bristling at suggestions that his company was too cheap to hire Pavelka, who earned about $55,000 a year announcing games on KFAB, Pinnacle Sports president Paul Aaron went public with details of his short-lived negotiations with Pavelka. Aaron told the Omaha World-Herald that the Voice of the Huskers had demanded the following deal to move to the Pinnacle broadcast booth:
•A $165,000 salary, which would increase to $185,000 in the fifth year of the contract.
•A $7,500 signing bonus.
•A golf membership at an Omaha country club.
•Three pairs of season tickets, six press passes and six parking passes for home football games.
•A press-box seat at home football and basketball games for his wife, Lu.
•"Exclusive discretion" in picking the rest of the broadcast crew.
•A fully equipped office in his house.