Although I am a firm believer that winning is the key to filling the stands, I must commend Ray Kennedy on his outstanding piece on why people actually attend pro sporting events (More Wins, More Fans? Wrong, April 28). Outstanding to a point, that is. I am aghast at his statement, 'Curiously, the young adults who will continue to invade the stands in increasing numbers might just as well be watching a cricket match; they are perhaps the least knowledgeable fans ever." One of today's premier sportswriters should know better than to propound such a generalization.
Perhaps it is true that the media—especially television—have prompted many young adults to take a more nonchalant approach to sports than their parents did, but I for one have been an avid fan since the age of four. I have attended virtually every Buffalo Bills game since 1973. If that's not loyalty, I don't know what is.
East Aurora, N.Y.
I wonder what the people at Pacific Select Corp. would think of the attendance of the four major pro teams in the Detroit area over last season. How can teams with such horrendous records pack the fans in the way they do?
ALLAN F. KRYNICKI
I wish to inform Ray Kennedy and Matthew Levine that Miami did have a franchise in WTT—the 1974 Florida Flamingos. Despite Levine's contention that Miami is one of the three best tennis markets, having been general manager of the Flamingos, I must sadly report that the team lost $450,000 in its first and only year of operation.
ROBERT S. SHAPIRO
Miami Beach, Fla.
RIDING FOR A RETURN
Kenneth Rudeen pointed out in his article (VIEWPOINT, May 5) how helpful bicycle riding has been in improving his skiing. I'm with him, because my tennis game improved greatly when I began training—albeit not very aggressively—for the 1979 Stowe, Vt. bike race, a 43-mile hell-on-wheels event, passing through scenic Smugglers Notch and along the highways of north-central Vermont. I thought my biggest satisfaction from the race would be merely finishing. Only later did I realize my real reward came on the tennis court. My opponents quickly became demoralized when their attempts to "run" me out of matches, by hitting to the far corners of the court, were thwarted by my newfound stamina.
This year I look forward to the bike race with twofold anticipation. I hope, to improve upon my fourth-or fifth-place (from the bottom) finish and, more important, to enhance my record on the tennis court.