He didn't want to get out of boxing, said Norris. But without a television contract, "we could promote 20 fights in a row here and lose $100,000, and then a big fight comes along and any little guy from the suburbs can bid on it." The Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, sponsor of Norris' Wednesday Night Fights, "notified us of their intention to renew the contract," said Norris. But the Gillette Safety Razor Company had offered the American Broadcasting Company some $8 million—according to Norris—for a Saturday sports package, including boxing from New York on Saturday night. "It was too much money for ABC to turn down," said Norris. That left Norris without a contract or a TV network for his productions.
Oaths against the mysterious and malevolent forces in New York filled the air as Norris sat down and the photographers moved in on him. ("My daughter always wonders why my stomach shows so much in these pictures," he said.) The Illinois Athletic Commission and its staff sat forlornly at one table and discussed who "got" boxing. ("You did it," one said to a newspaperman. "You and your —- —— newspaper.")
Finally Jim Norris got up and left the Bismarck to go to his Lake Shore Drive apartment. There a Senate investigator was waiting for him with a subpoena.