"It's up in the air," Hirsch said last week. "I can't talk about minor sports until I know what next year's budget will be. I do think we've made quite an accomplishment in one year. The worst is behind us."
Now basketball officials are threatening a strike, at least in the East. College officials there say they are underpaid and may "decide to withhold the services of our members for the season." Duke Maronic of Steelton, Pa., a veteran official who used to play football for the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants, said, "We're going out if we don't get what we want. Our major gripes are with the Ivy League, the Big Five, Madison Square Garden and the Pennsylvania State College Conference. I've just finished my 11th year in the Ivy League, and I didn't get a penny increase in all that time. Can you imagine one of their professors or coaches not getting a raise?" Maronic said Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference officials get $125 a game, but that the Ivies, the Big Five and Madison Square Garden pay only $60. "When Kings College played Notre Dame they brought in a Big Ten man and paid him $125 and wanted to pay our official $60. That shows you how far behind we are in the East."
If you live in metropolitan New York, enjoy golf and do not happen to belong to a country club, you owe it to yourself to get the Metropolitan Golf Guide, just published by Par magazine. It is a 128-page visit to 77 public courses in and around New York City, complete with hole maps of each layout, details on things like how to get there and what it costs, and a critical analysis of each course. This is the first such guide Par has put out, but it hopes to have similar ones ready for 15 other metropolitan areas in the next year or two.
Frank Ryan, the quarterback who led the Cleveland Browns to a championship or two and who is now backing up Sonny Jurgensen for the Washington Redskins, has his Ph.D. in mathematics (SI, Sept. 27, 1965) and has used computers to determine what tactics and strategy might best work for a team against specific opposition. However, Ryan is generally against the use of computers to evaluate things like a player's courage and emotional resources. He feels, for one thing, that it is an invasion of privacy because of the intensely personal nature of some of the questions; he is also skeptical of a machine's capacity to "think" in the abstract. Ryan took a computerized personality-profile test for pro football, and his logician's mind was bothered by the arbitrariness of the data-gathering techniques.
"One question," he says, "asked whether I would prefer being confined in a dark room or would like to be peering over a steep cliff. Another was: Would I be scared of a large crowd? The tester became irritated when I asked him if it would not depend on the circumstances—whether it was a friendly crowd in a grandstand, or a riot."
Recently Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn made some definitive comments at a press conference.
On baseball's basic defense in the Curt Flood case: "The reserve clause is reasonable. The court has no jurisdiction. It boils down to a collective-bargaining process and not an antitrust action."
On baseball economics: "It takes $300,000 to get a ballplayer to the majors."