SIGNED: To two five-year, $3 million television contracts, with CBS and a Canadian network, the WORLD HOCKEY ASSOCIATION.
TRADED: By the Atlanta Braves, often-ailing RICO CARTY, whose .317 lifetime batting average is the highest among active major-leaguers, to the Texas Rangers for Jim Panther, a 5-9 pitcher this year.
WAIVED: JOHNNY NEUMANN, 22, by the Memphis Tams. First million-dollar-contract player in basketball to be dropped, Neumann averaged 18.3 points his rookie year but feuded publicly with Former Coach Babe McCarthy and played infrequently this season.
WITHDREW: From the U.S. Olympic Committee, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which said it would ask its 700 member colleges not to raise money for the 1976 Olympics.
DIED: JACKIE ROBINSON, 53, who broke baseball's color line when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947; of a heart attack; in Stamford, Conn. He was the National League's Rookie of the Year that season and the batting champion and Most Valuable Player two years later. A career .311 hitter who stole home 11 times, Robinson led the Dodgers to six pennants and one world championship in his 10 years in the game.
DIED: WILLIE KNAPP, 84, a Hall of Fame jockey who rode Exterminator to victory in the 1918 Kentucky Derby and in the 1919 Sanford Stakes was aboard Upset when he handed Man o'War his only defeat; in New York; of injuries suffered when he was hit by a car.