Independent from Long Beach, California on March 23, 1976 · Page 21
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 21

Long Beach, California
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Tuesday, March 23, 1976
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-lfclfcGKAM (HMh-C-3 Failure of WFL Chance Associated Press Sean Downey, a man who should know, says the bull market in new sports leagues is finished -at least (or awhile. Downey, who helped give us the American Basketball Association, World Team Boxing, World Baseball and the song "He Played a Yo Yo in Nashville," says be thinks the fate of the World Football League toned down interest in daring new sports ventures. "1 believe the failure of the WFL, has made it impossible for anyone lo come up with a crackpot idea -- and hall of them arc crack- pol -- for a now league in Ihe ocxl few years," Downey said in an interview. "It was deceptively easy to get a new league started before," Downey continued. "But it's grown hi- one of reasons of new pro leagues ' crcasingly difficult and 1 think it will be impossible to do it within the next three years or so." Downey, whose ventures have ranged f r o m drumming up franchise business for the new leagues to cutting a record -- the country- western spoof of former President Richard Nixon playing with a Yo Yo -- admits his prime motivation has been money. "I thought 1 saw a fortune lo be made," said the 37-year-old son of I r i s h Tenor M o r t o n D o w n e y . "There did not seem lo be thai much money in basketball, but I really thought we were going lo make a lot of dough with World Baseball." Downey, who claims be came up with the idea for the ABA, had the New Orleans franchise in the league bu! later sold it He went on lo form World Team boxing and Uie idea, which it essentially remained, of World Baseball. The ABA is s t i l l alive, of course, but Downey said World Baseball "is lying fallow as the old A m e r i c a n Basketball League." However, he claimed World Team Boxing is still "very much alive," adding thai he expects il to "gel off the ground With 18 franchises next season." W o r l d Baseball, although it flopped, was probably Downey's most grandiose idea. He claims he bad a number of top major leaguers interested in jumping lo the new league. "1 had 19 players from the Cincinnati Reds who were interested, ' Downey said. "And two Dodgers, two of the most highly regarded players on the team, seemed more than willing lo come into the league. . The lure for Ihc players, Downey said, was more rights concerning trades and bargaining power written into their contracts. "It's what they've been fighting for with the owners," Downey said. "Bui I found out that baseball is such a political maelstrom, il was almost impossible lostarl any- tiling new. I do feel baseball is going lo have lo change, though, to become a world sport." Downey said he made some money in the ABA, but lost in the other sporls ventures. "We have this new thing, box iiii-vosse, really a wild sport, going in the East," he said. "And we're thinking about trying lo get it started here..." May top all-America TEMPE Ariz. (AP) Top-ranked Indiana, with forward Scolt May and center Kent Konson, dntni- n a l c d Ihc 1975-71) a l l America team announced Monday by Ihc National Association of BaskcllKill Coaches. May was the lop vole- getter. Joining him and Benson arc Adrian Pant- Icy of Notre Dame, Ihe lone repeater from last year; Richard Washington of UCLA, and Phil Ford of North Carolina. Votinc results were announced by head basket- tall coach Ned Wulk of Arizona Stale University, chairman of Ihe selection committee. lie labiilalcd 2(i7 votes (mm University division coaches represented in (lie NABC. Selected lo the poaches' second all-America team were Phil Sellers of Rutgers, Earl Talum of Mar- qiiptle, Ix-nu Douglas of Alabama, Milch Kupchak of N o r t h Carolina and M a r q u e s Johnson of UCLA. UEASU SALES Con Trucks All Mok« MooeU Fom^i Domestic SERVICE Frank Tammen AERO MOTORS (7141 tll- GRAND PRIX --REPORTS-5:45 P.M. KFOX 1280 "Your Country" May getting first chance in playoffs : BLOOM1NGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana's Scott May, college basketball's Player of the Year and two-time All- America, is really like a rookie in NCAA tourney competition. _For a while last Saturday, he had visions of being thwarted again hi the top-ranked Hoosiers' bid for a national championship. " The 6-foot-7 senior, who picked up his third foul and was'benched early in the Hoosiers' Mideast regional final against No. 2 Marquelte, couldn't help remember a costly broken arm that sidelined him in last year's NCAA playoffs. "Sure, it ran through my mind that maybe this was going to be like last year," May said. "Here we are playing in the regional finals and I'm on the bench again. 1 couldn't believe it "This was just as hard as last year, sitting on the bench and watching the game, knowing you can't help. All I wanted for us to stay with Marquelte and give me a chance to gel back," ' INDIANA LED by one, 3W5, at the half, and, with May- back hi the lineup in the second period, the Hoosiers sprinted to a 65-56 victory and a semifinal berth against defending champion UCLA. In that second half, May popped home all five of his field goal attempts and did not pick up another foul. "We had to have Scotty in there," said Indiana coach Bobby Knighl. "During the half we talked il over and decided lo put him on Lloyd Walton. We figured Walton would be oul on the perimeter and Scotty would be less likely to pick up fouls guarding him than someone like Earl Talum." LAST YEAR, May made a brief tournament appearance and, wearing a cast on his broken arm, was completely ineffective as the Hoosiers fell to Kentucky by two points. That has been Indiana's only loss hi the last 65 games. Two years ago, the Hoosiers tied Michigan for the league title but were sent to the Conference Commissioners Association tourney after Ihe Wolverines won a playoff game. Indiana won thai tournament easily, but Knight heatedly Icl it be known that he and his players would have much rather been in the NCAA. Three years ago, Indiana finished third in Ihc NCAA tournament after losing lo UCLA, bul May was not a part of that team. He and guard Bobby Wilkerson sat out their freshman year because of grades. Packard's hitting paces Toros' win Ed Packard had three nils and pushed his NAIA District 3-lcading runs bat- Pro £rid briefs Bart Bortnw ol Vime^-a and«uv ^.iffly Ou/V* B*aHy o( Sf-rthTexa^ ?Jalt ted in total to 22 Monday as Cal State Domingucz Hills' Toros overpowered L.A. Slate. 11-1. L.X SUK »l«»«96- I I I OKlllIWI nilU U S S M O l - l l l ! I Worth, F.ipiria fiY MwaWs ffll anrl SUughtrr. 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