MOVED TO PROTEST
It's bad enough when basketball players like Bill Walton are offered gigantic salaries to play the game they "love" ($1.9 million over five years can generate a lot of love), but when the ABA offers to move a whole team (the Carolina Cougars) to accommodate one man (SCORECARD, May 27)—that's going too far!
THE NCAA'S ANSWER
Your comments regarding various amateur sports bills before Congress (SCORECARD, May 13) appear to recognize that the existing problems have endured too long, that reforms in the conduct of this country's international amateur sports programs are needed and that some congressional action is appropriate to accomplish that reform. With those positions we are in agreement.
On the substance of the various bills your comments reveal a number of misconceptions—for example, there is no bill under which the President would be "given the right to select amateur sports leaders." Presumably such misconceptions are responsible for your support for an arbitration proposal supported by the U.S. Olympic Committee, a proposal that (not surprisingly) proves on close examination to be a formula for perpetuation of the status quo.
The status quo is not good enough. The conflict, mismanagement and insensitivity to our athletes' interests that in many areas have characterized U.S. efforts in international competition will persist unless effective mechanisms are established for the reform or replacement by more representative bodies of the organizations responsible for the U.S." international sports program.
These goals can be achieved by the establishment of a commission to study and make recommendations regarding the organization and management of our Olympic effort and a board with the sole purpose of reforming and replacing the organizations that purport to represent the U.S. on international sports governing bodies. A bill introduced by Senator Tunney (S.1018) and recently adopted by the Senate would accomplish the first, while another bill (S.3500) recently reported by the Senate Commerce Committee would provide the second element. The extent of government involvement contemplated by these measures does not seem excessive. Indeed, it is not significantly greater than the involvement associated with the measures for which you indicate support. The real difference is that, unlike the USOC-backed proposal, these measures mean change.
ALAN J. CHAPMAN
National Collegiate Athletic Association
?The Tunney bill (S.1018), which creates a National Commission on the Olympic Games, states, "The Commission shall be composed of nine members...appointed by the President...." And the Pearson bill (S.3500), which was passed, then recalled the same day for reconsideration, provides that the President shall appoint the five members of its Amateur Sports Board.—ED.
Congratulations on giving the Los Angeles Dodgers a little recognition (No Mirrors Now, Sir, May 27), especially since they are the best team in the majors and have the most explosive player in the National League, superstar Centerfielder Jimmy Wynn.
As a Cincinnati Reds fan, I thank you very much for putting Jim Wynn on the cover. When you put Willie Davis, then of the Dodgers, on your May 1, 1972 cover, the Reds started a nine-game winning streak on May 12. Last year you put two Dodgers on your Aug. 20 cover and the Reds soon took the division lead. So, judging from what has happened in the past, the Reds should pull ahead by the middle of June.
Cannonade wins the Kentucky Derby and is pictured on your May 13 cover. The Boston Celtics win the NBA championship and are shown on your May 20 cover. The Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup and Dodger slugger Jim Wynn gets your May 27 cover. I have nothing against Wynn, but don't you think that the Flyers deserved top billing? They turned on an entire city.
HENRY J. HEINE
If you had to do a baseball story, why didn't you write about the Phillies? They, too, were in first place!