BOWLS OF GRAVY
out," a television term that means keeping an event off TV screens in or
near the city in which it takes place, has always been a special annoyance to
sports fans. They would like to have the choice of seeing a local event in
person or watching it on a screen. The local blackout, however, must be
considered a minor irritation compared to the major arrogance now under
consideration by some promoters in connection with football bowl games.
If the idea is
approved, people in Los Angeles not only will be unable to see a telecast of
the Rose Bowl but will find the Cotton, Orange and Sugar bowls missing as well.
The same super-blackout will apply in Dallas, Miami and New Orleans. In other
words, you go to your local bowl game or you don't see any bowl game at all.
"It is my personal belief," said Stuart W. Patton, TV-radio chairman of
the Orange Bowl Committee, last week, "that the blackout system must be
adopted within five years. Television, which has been of vast benefit to bowl
games, is now becoming a menace. But the bowl people are concerned about the
public opinion in such a blackout."
Mr. Patton and all
other bowl promoters had damn well better be concerned about the reaction to a
plan so clearly based on greed. The over-all average attendance at the four big
bowl games for the past five years was 82,177. At no time in these five years
did the crowd at any of them fall below 68,000. That ought to satisfy any
?After 70 years of
building wooden boats, Chris-Craft, world's biggest producer of pleasure craft,
is going to try fiber glass. Within two months the company will announce a new
line of plastic cruisers and runabouts.
?The Los Angeles
team in the new National Professional Bowling League will offer season tickets
for its 68-match home schedule for $350 (about $5.10 per match), while tickets
for individual matches will go for $4.95, $4.60 and $3.50. Other promoters
doubt that the bowling sponsors will be able to maintain these sky-high
?The New York
Racing Association will change the conditions of the middle leg of The Triple
Crown for Fillies—The Mother Goose—so that all three races will be run on an
equal-weight basis in 1962. Under this year's conditions, Bowl of Flowers had
to give four pounds to Funloving and was beaten by a head. A length, according
to handicapping principles, equals three pounds at a mile. Bowl of Flowers won
the other two legs of The Triple Crown and probably would have won The Mother
Goose at equal weights.
Too often, we
believe, our colleagues on the political side try to illuminate a complex
international situation by comparing it with one in sport—and the result is
linguistic chaos. Here in evidence is the lead editorial from a recent issue of
that noted British magazine, The Economist: