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1. Four major team sports (baseball, football, basketball, hockey) are already established in a year-round schedule; there are no "free seasons" lying around.
2. The quality of soccer in the U.S.—at all levels—is simply not high enough to be attractive to great numbers of fans.
3. There is a terribly small number of domestic players who make it to the pros and with whom spectators can identify.
Fortunately, Commissioner Phil Woosnam has understood that the problem lies not with the game itself, but rather with these hard facts of the American sporting scene. His ideas for a pro draft, a senior bowl and foreign-player quotas could work wonders. Our best players will be attracted by the realistic chance for a job and will improve immensely in top competition. Furthermore, their exposure as star collegians and developing professionals will make them attractions with whom the fans and young players can readily identify.
It's about time we started digging the world's game. What would Pete Rozelle do if 200,000 fans showed up for the Super Bowl as they do at Wembley and other soccer stadiums around the world?
The people of Washington have stood by the Senators through as much adversity as any fans anywhere. We watched them rise from ineptitude to winners, only to have them moved out and replaced by more ineptitude. But we took the new team and loved it and dreamed of future victories. Now we are to make the ultimate sacrifice to bail out Owner Robert Short (may his name live in infamy), who managed to dig himself into a financial hole. He, with the help of the other owners to whom a couple more dollars mean more than anything, is shifting the team to Dallas-Fort Worth, leaving nothing behind but broken dreams. It is no wonder so many baseball fans are being turned off.