"The Packers were seventh in attendance and had the third smallest park in the league," Vance, who is a publicity agency owner in Houston, said. "They offered us the right to use our own auditors. We would have to audit the clubs in one month, turn over the figures to the league and take what they wanted to show us. It would have cost $100,000 we didn't have."
The two groups compromised on salary minimums: $12,000, including preseason pay, for two-year men, $13,000 for three years and exhibition-game pay of $10 a day plus $70 to $280 a game. The owners offered $2,550,000 in two years for the pension and the players balked, threatening a strike. The owners came up with $3 million after a tense week in which training camps were closed. It was a victory for the players.
"We won our points with no violence, no demonstrations," Gordy pointed out. "We wanted to be treated like adults."
The labor front in pro football will be quiet until 1970, when the leagues merge. New negotiations will be in order then. It would be to the best advantage of both players and owners if Gordy were still president of the Players' Association.