As a longtime Boston Red Sox and Washington Redskins adherent, I follow professional sports with a passion. As Ray Kennedy and Nancy Williamson say, sport is a welcome diversion. I don't care what the athletes make.
Ray Kennedy and Nancy Williamson are to be commended for their superbly written, insightful analysis of money in sports. For those of us who have been somewhat baffled by the shenanigans that seem to plague the entire spectrum of professional sport (amateur athletics notwithstanding), it was a revealing piece of work. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Coles Phinizy's article Swinging in a Star (July 31) was a masterpiece of insight, thorough research and informative and interesting reading. He has captured what Star sailing, and sailing in general, is all about.
As for Dennis Conner, his success story is typical of those of the many great Star sailors since the class originated in 1911. Young sailors can learn a great lesson from him—that there is an optimal mixture of one-design and offshore racing to strive for. All too many young sailors go for the big boats where the money and glitter is, only to find out too late that their sailing skills are lacking because they never took one-design racing seriously.
International Star Class
Yacht Racing Association
WOMEN IN THE BOOTH
Please, may the departure of Phyllis George from CBS Sports somehow set in motion a change in the utilization of women sportscasters on television (TV/RADIO, July 31). With no offense intended to George, her smile-and-introduce-this-week's-feature-with-Tony-Bennett-in-the-background role had me gritting my teeth week after week. And I had to switch channels every time NBC's Regina Haskins came on to play straight lady to a robot. Thanks to Melissa Ludtke Lincoln for opening some windows on this issue.
? CBS replaced George with Jayne Kennedy, an actress and a former Miss Ohio.—ED.
The networks refuse to hire intelligent women commentators. More and more major league teams employ squads of half-clad girls afflicted with perma-smile to preen in front of the cameras. Advertising directed toward sports fans often includes grossly obvious sexual connotations. And SI continues its tradition of the annual cheesecake issue.
Part 3 of your series Money in Sports (July 31) indicates that an increasingly large percentage of all sports fans are female. So how much longer do we women fans have to tolerate the insults, the lechery and the degradation that are heaped on us by the sports world? The NFL (as packaged by television) is so blatantly contemptuous of women that I have quit watching altogether.
TRUDI L. BENEDICT
New York City
Hats off to you for your eye-opening item on the Senate amendment sponsored in the aftermath of the Tellico Dam controversy (SCORECARD, July 31). I am appalled at the pomposity and gall of Senators like Howard Baker and John Culver who would let federal officials play God and decide if a species may be exterminated.
Thanks to publicity like that provided by your column, sane Americans can hope this ludicrous measure will be flattened in the House.
MARY C. METZGER