nber 23, 1976 PAC.B 10 HAYS DAILY NEWS Soviet TV Price Tag Absurd NEW YORK (UPD - The Russians are no dummies. We beat 'em to the moon, but they've figured a way of getting us to give it to them. All they have to do is ask. And that's exactly what they're doing now. They're asking $100 million for the U.S. television rights to the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. That's not only the moon, it's the whole bundle — the sun, the stars, the entire solar system. When you stop to consider ABC-TV paid $25 million for the rights to the Olympic Games in Montreal this year— and that was a record high— the complete absurdity of the Soviets' price tag moves into much clearer focus. Yet the Soviet Olympic Committee and the Satra Corp., an American trading company, both confirmed in Moscow Wednesday they have signed an agreement for the U.S. television rights. No money figures were revealed. This "agreement" makes me wonder. It makes me wonder whether the Russians aren't up to their old tricks, trying to Jack up the price, looking to get all they possibly can and maybe more. Even in this inflated era, $100 million for the TV rights to the Olympic Games is utterly ridiculous. I don't know anybody in the world who'd listen to such an unrealistic price, let alone pay it. ABC didn't make much money with the Montreal Games. It made $1 million or We wont to thank I our. many friends | for your concern | and support. You I have given hope to | fhose we serve. | Development Services Of N W Kansas | 317 West 16th-Hays £ Homer B. Reed Center-Hays Children's Services-Colby J Kobler Center-Hill City Prairie Development Center-Atwood | YOU REAPING YOUR BOOK, SIR? so after all the gymnasts, swimmers and weight lifters were finished. In the face of this, you have to question how a firm like Satra, which has sold Soviet- made tractors and automobiles and has brought Soviet films to the United States, can possibly hope to show any profit if it came even close to meeting the Russians' price. Cable and home box office TV won't bring in that kind of revenue because most of this type of televising doesn't have carry much advertising or commercial interruptions. More ,than one loophole showed through Wednesday's agreement, which for some obscure reason was referred to as a "protocol" rather than a contract. Somehow, I get the feeling that ."protocol" they signed was merely another, step by the Russians in their try for the moon. What you are likely to hear next is the Russians saying they had only a "preliminary agreement" with Satra and they have decided to sell the rights to someone else, such as one of the big U.S. networks, which by that time, of course, will have agreed to up its price. Or possibly ' Satra will sell its rights to some network, which will then have to dedl with the Russians. My feeling is reinforced by the fact that shortly after the Russians and Satra confirmed their "agreement," a Soviet IT'S TOO NICE A DM TO 5TAV INSIDE AND READ, MA(?CIE,..BE5ID£5,I HAVE TOBUILPTHISSNOU/MAN... IF I DON'T DO IT, NO ONE ELSE WILL, AND HE'LL NEVER EXISL.I'M HIS CREATOR! IT'S MY DUTY TO GIVE HIM LIFE! THIS 5NOUJMAN HAS A (?I6HT TOLIV£,MARCl£! BEETLE BAILEY SXX6 ME WANT 70 6IVB DICTATION) 7 'LIL ABNER -WILL SHOW THOSE POPES OF A THOUSAND VEAR5 FROM NOW- WHAT 6EMIUSE5 •THOSE CRATHS Of= COMCEMFRATEP FOOP PILLS— • ITS NO USE--I'VE BEEN SHAKING THIS CATSUP FOR TEN MINUTES ~~Y EXCUSE ME, MA AM-COUL.D YOU LET ME HAVE A DIME? BUM.' \VHY OONY \OU GET A JOB LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE? JOE PALOOKA ..UNTIL YOU GET RIP OF.. TfiEMOOBBl! BUT.. X MAYOR'S ..I WANT TO SET MY BEER.'.. HEY.' EXCUSE spokesman said "the rights have not been sold to anyone." But Carl Longley, Jr., Satra's man in Moscow, Insisted the Russians had awarded the rights to his firm. The key, I think, was a statement by one Soviet Olympic Committee member saying his group would continue negotiating with ABC, CBS and NBC. When it comes to negotiations, the Russians don't play favorites. They treat everyone the same, even the top brass of the three U.S. networks, who simply got up and walked out of negotiations last Friday when they heard the Soviets' outlandish demands. "Our position," said Barry Frank, Vice President of CBS Sports, following Wednesday's agreement, "is that this is book 7, chapter 14. Tune in next week for chapter 15." The Russians look down upon our capitalistic system and criticize our big business interests. Yet when it comes to doing big business, the Russians could give, and have given, some of the world's leading industrialists lessons. An amusing sidelight to Wednesday's announcement had to do with Jphn Kapstein, President of Satra's subsidiaries and a cousin of Jerry Kapsteih, who handles the contracts of so many major league baseball -playeVs. As soon as news of the Moscow agreement was out, JSrry Kapstein had so many phone calls he could barely answer them all. "I had nothing to do with it at all," he protested. "I've never even been to Moscow, Idaho. The only Reds I've talked with lately are Dave Concepcion, Rawly Eastwick and Gary Nolan and none of them is asking for $100 million. That price .doesn't ring a bell With me at all." Wichita Edges Brigham Young WICHITA, Kan. (UPD Cheese Johnson and Bob Trogele combined for 39 points, including 19 in a tight second half,-Wednesday night to lead Wichita State to a 69-63 victory over Brigham Young. It was Wichita's seventh win in .eight starts and 12th straight at home. Brigham Young now is 5-4. Johnson, who finished with 21 points, kept Wichita in command during the first half with five of seven from the field and two two for four at the free throw line. -Trogele, who had eight points in the opening half, made 10 in the final 20 minutes to keep Wichita barely ahead of a scrambling Cougar team playing its third game in fourth. Tony Limbers Up Tony Dor sett limbers up his leg muscles during second day of workouts at Biloxi, Miss., Municipal Stadium Wednesday. The top-ranked Pittsburgh Panthers will stay on the Gulf Coast until Sunday before moving their training facilities to New Orleans. Pitt meets Georgia In the Sugar Bowl Janurary 10. (UPI Photo). Kisner Tops MSL Scoring, Rebounding Heading both the scoring and the rebounding in the Mid- State League at the Christmas break is Thomas More Prep's Terry Kisner. • The 6-3 senior forward has scored an even 100 points in five games, and has pulled down 71 rebounds for an average of 14.2. In scoring, Kisner has tallied 39 field goals on 97 attempts and 22 of 44 at the line. Nickerson's Kevin Priddle is the No. 2 scorer with 95 points or an average of 19.0. Holding down the No. 3 spot 1 is the Monarchs' Curt Stremel with a four-game average of 18.3. Rounding out the top 10 scorers are Mike Stivers, Pratt, 18.2; Sam Farmer, Russell, 17.3; Kent Boxberger, Russell, 17.0; Wayne Hoffman, Hoisington, 14.7; Steve Jones, Hoisington, 14; Mitch Webster, Lamed 13.0; B.J. Moore, Lamed 12.8; and Tom Baker, Lyons 12.0. . Farmer of Russell is run- nerup to Kisner in the rebounds with 52, an average of 13.0. Tied for ninth in the rebounding with 34 apiece are TMP's Terry Karlin and Kevin Herndon. No Monarchs are among the top 10 in either field goal or free throw shooting percentages. Boxberger heads the field goal shooting percentage at 61.5, while Priddle along with Eric Brown of Larned are tied in fr^e throw shotting at 100 per cent. Priddle has cftnnected or? 11 of 11 and Brown'orii'Seven of seven. In team shooting, Hoisington has the best field .goal percentage, 43.5, while tops in free throw shooting is Lyons at 71.3. The Monarchs are on the botton of the list in both categories. Standings L 0 W L W L Lyons 3 040 Russell 2 l 3 i Hoisington 1 1 3 1 Nickerson 1 l 3 2 Thomas More .. .1 123 Larned 0 ], 0 4 Pratt 0 2 1 4 Ailing Steeler Backs Showing Improvement By United Press International The Pittsburgh Steelers' "Blue Cross Backfield" is starting to show some improvement. Rocky Bleier hobbled into the Pittsburgh .Steelers' offices Wednesday with a cane, because of a sprained right big toe, and limped out without it. Franco Harris said his bruised- ribs only hurt "when I laugh real hard." Frenchy Fuqua, nursing his sprained knee, sat out practice but thinks he'll be ready for Sunday's AFC playoff confrontation with the Oakland Raiders. Bleier said he and Harris were likely to be targeted as weak spots in the offense by the Raiders if they do play. "I'm sure they'll take it into consideration just as we take it into consideration when we know a team has people injured," Bleier said. "We know they would not be as efficient as they would be otherwise.... I don't think they'll try to deliberately take us out of the ball game." The Los Angeles Rams' will have their last day of practice at home Thursday before departing for chilly Minnesota and, unlike the Steelers, the Rams are at full strength for Sunday's NFC championship game, against the Vikings. The Rams, who will give rookie quarterback Pat Haden his second start of the season against Minnesota, will be looking for their first win at s at Christmas Let Peace encircle the world and all men walk hand in hand. We raise our voic'e in.thanks. GIB'S AUTO SUPPLY 621 East 13th Hays Bloomington since 1969. The Rams and Vikings fought to a 10-10 tie in overtime at Bloomington last Sept. 19 in Haden's first NFL start. "We didn't decide anything in five quarters against the Rams earlier in the year," said Minnesota Coach Bud Grant. "The continuation of that game should prove interesting." Los Angeles was the only NFL team that contained Chuck Foreman's running and pass receiving abilities during the 1976 regular season. Foreman, was held to 31 yards in 11 carries in the Rams- Minnesota Vikings' 10-16 sudden death overtime tie Sept. 19. The versatile back did catch six passes in the game, but they were good for only 31 yards. "The Rams were the only team that actually shut me out this year," said Foreman. "I have to make up for that. They're an aggressive, hard- hitting team. We'll have to be at our best" • NL CENTENNIAL NEW YORK (UPI) — Baseball's National League was formed Feb. 2, 1876, at the old Grand Central Hotel on lower Broadway. A large portion of the hotel, later known as Broadway Central and finaggf the University Hotel, collapsed Aug. 3,1973, with at least two persons killed.
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