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HIGH COST OF PLAYING
Athletes do eat rather more heartily than most of us and the effect, complicated by soaring food costs and other inflationary factors, is beginning to tell on college sports budgets. In particular, athletic directors at Penn State, Pitt, Dickinson and Bucknell are concerned, especially since Department of Agriculture officials in Washington have indicated that food prices will increase 10% overall for 1973, the biggest jump since 11% was posted in 1951.
Penn State submitted its 1973-74 food budget for athletics in February. Now it must amend its estimates. "Not only are food costs going up, but hotel prices, equipment and everything else associated with athletics is continuing to rise," Edward M. Czekaj, State's athletic director, explained. "Without our TV or bowl game income we would be in a deficit financial position right now."
Last year Penn State's training-table costs for varsity sports was $77,400, an increase of $7,400 over the previous year. The figure did not include food expenses on the road.
"With the rising cost factor I think you'll see most of the small colleges returning to intramural and club sports," Czekaj predicted. "I don't see how they can survive with varsity sports."
Robert A. Latour, Bucknell's athletic director, advanced the suggestion that small colleges near Bucknell enter into a cooperative program for the purchase of meat, which could be bought more cheaply in quantity and then stored in freezers.
"There are ways to try and keep costs down," Latour said. "For instance, for a game against Colgate we could leave at 5 o'clock on a Friday instead of 3:30. This would allow us to have the evening meal at home, rather than pay hotel prices."
In the somber opinion of Casimir Myslinski, athletic director at Pitt, smaller colleges will be "forced to chop some sports programs." "One morning they'll wake up and find they have more intramural sports than varsity and revert strictly to intramural programs," he said.
"PLAY THE FIFE LOWLY"
It's a rare sports movie that nets a nickel for Hollywood, largely because it is so difficult, the moviemakers think, to make a woman an interesting figure in a picture about a fight, a football game, or most especially a baseball season. Yet, female interest or no, good sports movies are possible. Requiem for a Heavyweight comes to mind and so does Golden Boy. There have been others.