If the 13 judges share the mood of the visiting critics, Sports Lover Claude Lelouch this week will win the festival's Golden Palm hands down.
If you are a million or so wrong in your guess as to how many people go to track meets, watch automobile races or attend wrestling matches, do not worry about it, just guess large. Nobody knows the exact totals. The 19th annual Survey on Sports Attendance just released by The Morning Telegraph reveals that the 1965 attendance at automobile races was 39,000,000, up 1,000,000 from 1964, but adds a note of caution: "Estimated. Exact figures not available." Wrestling crowds in 1965 were estimated at 4,767,000. That meant an estimated increase of exactly 653,938 customers at wrestling matches.
Exact figures, of course, are available from the baseball leagues, the slate racing commissions, the professional football leagues and college athletic associations, and they provide ample documentation that crowds in general are getting bigger. Thoroughbred racing attendance still leads all other listed sports (40,737,009), though there was a decline in 1965 of 90,863. All other totals were up, except minor league baseball, where the total attendance in 18 leagues came to 10,193,819 or 120,004 less than the 1964 total.