BIG WEEK FOR BOXING
Despite vociferous objection from radio and television, which all but destroyed prizefighting, the House of Representatives has passed, by a whopping 346-to-4 vote, a bill that would create a federal boxing commission empowered to bar closed circuit, home TV or radio broadcasting of fights that it deems not in the public interest. Now Senator Philip Hart, head of the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust and Monopoly, is confident that his own boxing bill will be voted on in this session of Congress, possibly within the month. The Senate bill calls for one commissioner instead of three and lacks veto power over broadcasting. If it passes, procedure then calls for Senate and House to mold a compromise bill in joint conference.
We would hope that the veto power will be retained in the final version. No big money fight can be held without radio or television. And we hope the Department of Justice will withdraw its reluctance to add the commission to its responsibilities. A boxing commissioner would need this tie with the Department in order to have access to FBI records and personnel in checking out fighters, managers and promoters. He would have to have such information and help to do his job of licensing participants and barring them when necessary.
There is no organized opposition to the commission proposal in either house. There seems little doubt that by Thanksgiving Day, at the latest, the Senate will have passed its bill. And then the friends of boxing, for the first time in a long while, will—if appointments to the commission are wisely made—have something to be thankful for.
THE BETTER BETTOR SPEAKS
A certain amount of betting goes on among fans of professional football, you will be fascinated to learn, and one of the bettors has been wondering if, during the National Football League season of 1964, he would have been better off playing the favorites (conceding points to the bookmakers) or the underdogs (accepting the points). His research is now in and the answer is that over-dogs won 46 times, underdogs 48.
What were the best clubs to bet on? he asked himself next. The study revealed that if he had wagered every time on the Baltimore Colts, giving or taking points as the occasion required, he would have won 11 and lost three. But in the Eastern Conference, it would have been less profitable to follow the Cleveland Browns: he would have won eight and lost six.
Best investment of all would have been New York. If he had persistently bet against the Giants, whether they were favorites (they were six times) or underdogs (seven times) he would have collected 11 out of 13 bets.
No wonder the President has named Yankee Stadium and the rest of New York a disaster area.
TROUBLE IN PARADISE