PLENTY CRUZEIROS FOR PEL�
The $5 million that Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier will split after their coming heavyweight championship bout is very nice pay for an hour's work or less, but prizefighting is not a steady job. Consider the earnings of the Brazilian soccer king, Pel�.
Previously it had been estimated that Pel� drew down $500,000 a year. It would appear now that his take is quite a good bit higher. The Brazilian magazine Realidade, a highly responsible publication, calculates it at $720,000—year in, year out.
Realidade reports that Pel� gets a monthly salary of $12,600 from his football club, Santos. Prize money gives him another $5,600 monthly. He gets $600 for each exhibition game within Brazil and $3,000 per exhibition outside the country. Promotions bring him about $12,720 a month. Business interests earn him some $8,100 monthly.
Which all means that for playing soccer alone, on a regular basis, he makes approximately $218,400 a year. Promotion and business investments bring him $249,840 annually, for a total of $468,-240. The amount of money he has in stocks is not known, but Pel� admits that it is a "good amount." And he receives some percentage royalties that the magazine had to estimate.
Now, on top of that $720,000, Pel� has under consideration promotion offers that would increase his 1971 income by about $220,000.
Until last week it appeared that Buffalo had finally achieved a long-awaited big-league image, what with the addition in the past year of two major league teams—the Braves of the National Basketball Association and the Sabres of the National Hockey League. Then, suddenly, the city lost a college football team and next day learned that the departure of its beloved football Bills was imminent, or at least seriously threatened.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr., the Detroiter who owns the Bills, announced he was conferring with Seattle officials to make arrangements for moving his football club to the West Coast. Reason: he can no longer wait for Buffalo to come up with a promised new stadium. The city's 46,206-seat War Memorial Stadium, where the Bills have played since the American Football League was founded with Buffalo as a member, "is so bad that we are having difficulty scheduling future preseason games at home," Wilson said.
"The climate for a suitable new stadium in the immediate future does not exist in Buffalo," he went on. "This leaves the Bills no alternative but to move."