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Edited by Robert W. Creamer
October 08, 1973
POLITICS IMany people are against the amateur sports bill that Senator John Tunney is sponsoring in Congress. They are fearful of intrusion by government into sport, and so are we. But marathon runner Kenny Moore contends the bill is the only reasonable way to end the serious division in American sports administration that has existed for more than half a century. Moore writes: "The absurd sanctioning wars and disqualifications by both the NCAA and AAU in recent years have been the inevitable consequence of this basic schism, and barring a staggering reversal of character, conciliation is not at hand. Mediation in the past by such referees as Douglas MacArthur, Theodore Kheel and Archibald Cox (now assigned to an easier case) failed utterly. The issue is not which do you trust, the private sector or government control. Rather, it is how a solution can be effectively imposed upon the intransigent groups. The Tunney bill trustbusts the AAU's hold on eight Olympic sports, permitting each to be administered by those who know it best. It prohibits the NCAA from arbitrarily disqualifying student athletes from international competition. It is not disruptive, except of those structures that have kept the people in amateur sports at the barricades for so long."
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Honolulu: Ben Hatskin, owner of the WHA's Winnipeg Jets.

Toronto: John Bassett, owner of the Toronto WHA franchise and minority owner in the city's Canadian Football League franchise.

Tampa: Nick Mileti, of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers and Crusaders.

New York: Bob Schmertz, owner of the Boston Celtics and majority owner of the New England Whalers.

Boston: Howard Baldwin, president of the Whalers.

In an effort to attract both spectators and TV coverage, the league will avoid scheduling conflicts with the NFL. However, it does plan to compete for established pro players and coaches and upcoming collegiate prospects.

Twelve-year-old George Kinkead of St. Paul, Minn. is a cousin of Billy Cahill, the New Orleans Saints" rookie safety-man. Young George is an intense pro football fan, even to knowing such esoteric things as the salary scale for different positions. He is well aware, for instance, that interior linemen are way down. When the coach of his seventh-grade team put George at guard on offense, the youngster came home muttering, "He's got me playing the position that pays the least."


During his brief but brilliant career Austria's Jochen Rindt was generally conceded to be the most talented road racer in the world. Driving for Roy Winkelmann, Rindt led that racing team to 25 Formula II wins and finished in the top three 49 times. What made this feat so exceptional was that team manager and owner Winkelmann was competing as a private entry against the factory teams of Ferrari, Lotus, Brabham, McLaren, Cooper and Matra, the big guns of European road racing.

At the time of Rindt's death at Monza three years ago, Winkelmann was working on a Formula I car. The effort ceased when Jochen died, and Winkelmann dropped out of racing. Now he is back. He has joined forces with Dan Gurney, currently the manufacturer of the superquick Eagles that dominate Indy-type racing. Gurney will build Formula 5000 cars for Winkelmann to run in the L&M championship series next year, and the two are already thinking ahead to Grand Prix racing in 1975.

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