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Fairly substantial rumors have been popping around Los Angeles that the warring pro basketball leagues are about to follow the lead of pro football and announce a merger, possibly within a month. Paul Caruso, a Beverly Hills attorney who is also counsel for the ABA's Los Angeles Stars, was approached by three NBA owners—reportedly Sam Schulman of the Seattle Supersonics, Dick Bloch of the Phoenix Suns and Franklin Mieuli of the San Francisco Warriors—and asked to present the merger idea to the ABA's executive committee. The NBA trio proposed two separate leagues with a common draft and, after the ABA has been upgraded to the level of the NBA, a championship playoff or Super Hooper Bowl (SCORE-CARD, May 19). The Stars and the Oakland Oaks would relocate to avoid conflict in Los Angeles with the Lakers and in the San Francisco area with the Warriors. Each ABA club would pay a $500,000 indemnity to the NBA.
Jim Gardner, president of the ABA, denied the merger report, and Walter Kennedy, NBA commissioner, said he had no knowledge of any meeting. Jim Hardy, general manager of the Stars, and Alex Hannum, general manager of the Oaks, insisted that neither team will move. But Caruso confirmed that the meeting took place.
"I'm disturbed that it's out," he said. "There have been some tentative discussions, but nothing is firmed up. No meetings are planned for the immediate future, but we hope to get something started real soon."
HELL HATH NO FURY
Elinor Kaine is a New York City sports-writer. Her specialty is professional football. After the New York Jets and the New York Giants scheduled a preseason exhibition game at the Yale Bowl—the first meeting ever between New York's two pro teams—Miss Kaine, a regular habitu� of pro football press boxes, applied for working-press credentials.
Her routine request stirred up a storm. Impossible, she was told. Women are not allowed in the Yale Bowl press box. The reasons were vague. Tradition and all that. Or the fact that there is only one rest room and it is for men. (Miss Kaine replied, tartly, "I didn't ask to go to the john. I just want to sit in the press box.")
Miss Kaine has threatened to sue for full credentials to the game, which is to be played on August 17, and she seems to have a case. There is a precedent. In April 1954 a prepublication issue of this magazine ran an item about a girl named Ann Morrissy, who had made history of a sort by becoming the first girl sports editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. That fall Miss Morrissy (now Mrs. Wendel S. Merick) made even more of a stir when on October 17 she drew herself up to her full 5'2" and marched into the Yale Bowl press box to cover the Yale-Cornell game. Cornell lost 47-21, but Miss Morrissy didn't, and we have a feeling Miss Kaine won't, either.
On the off-chance that there is still someone out there who has not yet made his vacation plans, we pass along this really fun fishing trip that Pan Am has worked up with a Chicago travel agency. First, everything is provided: accommodations, all meals and ground transportation, fishing licenses, all tackle, guides and boats. And off you go on the trail of trout in Ireland; salmon in Norway; on to Yugoslavia for huchen; dry-fly fishing in Austria; over to Mozambique for black marlin; then to New Zealand and Paraguay for trout and Ecuador for striped marlin; on to Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua for tarpon; a bit of bonefishing in British Honduras; back to Canada for lake trout and big muskies, then home again.
As any vacationer knows, timing is everything. The travel agency figures that, with any luck at all, the trip can be made in 33 weeks. Air fare comes to $2,585.75. And, let's see, now, adding that to the agency's price, it brings the total trip to $33,763.75. Per person, of course.