That's hogwash. Pure, plain, unadulterated hogwash.
Not that the collegiate TV setup is perfect. It isn't. But when Bell tries to make the pros look good at the collegians' expense, he's way off base.
He insists that the pros are going to give the public all of the television they can. Funny thing about that one. I still remember the title game here at Briggs Stadium last December.
It was a sellout. But would Commissioner Bell let it be televised here in Detroit so all the fans who couldn't buy seats could watch it? He would not.
There will be games played this fall in the pro wheel which will find Briggs Stadium again sold out solid. On those same days, there will be televised games starring the Browns, 49ers, Rams and other good teams.
These games could be televised into Detroit for the benefit of shut-ins who are physically unable to go to games and other persons who are physically able to go but were shut out at the ticket office.
But will Bell let such games be televised? He will not. League rules, you know.
Sure, there are reasons why the pros put restrictions on television. But they are exactly the same reasons why the collegians have put similar restrictions on the same great medium which drops football action right into your lap.
Financial reasons. That's what they are. And the pros are just as worried about them as are the collegians.
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