"Some amateurs once were able to get $500 and $600 in expense money," he said, "Not now."
Nancy Richey, seeking her seventh straight title in Indianapolis, was refused a guarantee of $800.
"Nancy's New York agent called me about six times, saying she'd have to have a guarantee to come here," Malless said. "I told him she could possibly win $1,250 if she took the singles and doubles titles and that I couldn't offer a guarantee. Finally I called Nancy, and she agreed to come."
Malless is opposed to guarantees, he explained, because they could destroy incentive.
A magazine for intellectuals, Commentary, has, no surprise here, paid but little attention to sport over the years. Now, in its July issue, the magazine presents some thoughts by William Phillips, co-founder and chairman of the editorial board of Partisan Review, which is still another magazine for intellectuals.
"Football is not only the most popular sport," holds Phillips, "it is the most intellectual one. It is, in fact, the intellectuals' secret vice. Not politics, not sex, not pornography, but football, and not college football but the real thing, pro ball, is the opium of the intellectuals....
"All sports serve as some kind of release, but the rhythm of football is geared particularly to the violence and peculiar combination of order and disorder of modern life. Baseball is too slow, too dependable, too much like a regional drawl. Basketball is too nervous and too tight; hockey too frenzied; boxing too chaotic, too folksy. Only football provides a genuine catharsis."
Commentary said it. We didn't.