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JUDGMENT DAY COMING
Commissioner Pete Rozelle's investigation of the betting scandals in the National Football League will be finished within two weeks. Criticized for the length of time he has spent on this case, Rozelle replies that he had to be sure of what he did before he made any announcements.
The strong likelihood is that penalties will consist only of fines, with no-suspensions. Betting uncovered, involving two or three players on the Detroit Lions as well as players on one or two other clubs, was minor. No player's fine will be very big; indeed, the biggest fine will be against the Detroit club itself, for not taking action when warned of the situation by Detroit Police Commissioner George Edwards, who turned up evidence that Detroit players were associating with mobsters. The theory seems to be that as the club goes, so go the players.
Spring has come once more to Nashville and brought with it a problem that arose at this time two years back when Negroes began to press their legal right to use the city's swimming pools. The city had desegregated its other recreation facilities but allowed no togetherness in the pools. When six small colored boys showed up at a previously all-white pool one morning, city employees proceeded according to plan. They emptied the pool. They emptied pools all over town, in fact. "An economy measure," park commissioners explained blandly.
It turned out to be good for business. Privately owned pools (segregated) had a boom. ("It costs me $5 just to get my kids wet," a parent complained.) Private swimming clubs (family initiation fee $250, plus dues of $100 a year) sprang up. Housing development contractors hastily included provision for community swimming pools in their plans.
A few of the kids whose parents could not afford swimming-pool fees sneaked off to the unguarded lakes and sloughs. A couple of them drowned. Now Mayor Beverly Briley has come up with a plan. "If asked to," he said, he will recommend that the city pools be reopened on a "sexually segregated" basis—for girls only on one day, for boys the next, but with the races mixed.
The color segregationists are not appeased by this. Some have thought up a plan of their own. It would provide for Negro use of the pools one day, white use the next, with the water changed every night.
The city council of Kansas City, whose municipal government is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, has discovered that once you start dispensing favors you have established precedent.