The Daily Journal from Fergus Falls, Minnesota on March 6, 1974 · Page 21
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The financial side of sports—one of big business fi«t D JJ°a R flJ19I E :J" thls Issues fight with bundles of Th 0 ins n^f^i^o, ,„„.„ ,«„„,» ,!,._. V? EDITOR'S NOTE: In this Urst of a five-part series, an Associated Press Sports Writer delves into the financial side of professional sports. It has become one of the nation's biggest industries, but how did it Ml that way, and what are the stakes? By FRANK BROWN AP Sports Writer The golden age of sports has arrived, if gold means dollars spent and dollars earned in professional arenas across Amer- 1-eagues fight with bundles of money for players and franchises, teams fight for stadiums or whole cities, and players fight for as much of the total take as they can get. It's a far cry from that day in 1846 when two baseball teams bet a dinner on the outcome of the first game played under Doubleday's rules. Pro sports today amount to a massive poker game, egged on by affluent fans and television, managed by lawyers, assessed in courts. The 105 professional team owners in baseball, football, basketball and hockey are alternately crying at contract time and smiling as the turnstiles click and the TV cameras whirr. The fates of the players reflect this battle. A few may lose salary arbitrations, but it's a good bet most of them come out ahead. When Gordie Howe signed his first professional hockey contract in 1946, he received $2,500 and a Detroit Fled Wings jacket as an 18-year-old. I.ast siun- mer, the 45-year-old Howe came out of retirement to accept a $1 million offer from the World Hockey Association Houston Aeros. He probably didn't need the money. Howe, like many athletes in this golden age, is a well established businessman. He breeds 230 head of cattle on a 40,000- acre farm, is involved in life insurance and real estate and endorses a number of products. His sons, Mark and Marty — barely older than their father Gardening — a way to save money ByEARLARONSON to provide food for nongar- cabbage, tomatoes, pepoers. less sinr-P v™, ,mni,in-t „« ByEARLARONSON GARDENVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Would you plant and work a small garden this spring if someone assured you that with no great effort you could save at least $200 in food costs? It can be done, with a reasonable amount of diligence. The garden would feed a family of four and if the four were able - bodied and willing, the work would be easy, healthful and rewarding. This garden designed by experts at the National Garden Bureau headquartered in this aptly-named community is 12 feet wide by 25 feet deep. If you have extra-large feet or are especially awkward, make it a bit longer to provide more space between rows. The garden features 18 varieties of vegetables capable of yielding a continuous supply of fresh vegetables from April .to December in many areas. There will be enough left over for canning, freezing and storing in a cool, drv basement to provide food for dening months. Here are the varieties: Cucumbers, six plants on a trellis; tomatoes, nine plants staked; zucchini squash, five plants; bell peppers, nine plants; cabbage, two plantings; lettuce, two plantings; beans, two plantings; chard; beets, two plantings; carrots, two plantings; spinach, two plantings; radish, two plantings; parsley, green onions, leeks, broccoli followed by cauliflower; peas followed by brussels sprouts. The cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini squash, peppers, cabbage, peas or brussels sprouts require two feet width each; lettuce, chard and carrots Hi feet each, and the others one foot each. First vegetables to be harvested in this garden are radish and spinach, which may be sown as soon as the ground can be worked in spring. Lettuce, beets, chard, peas and green onions follow. Bush beans, broccoli, cucumbers, zucchini squash, cabbage, tomatoes, peppers, parsley and carrots continue the harvest through summer. Cauliflower, brussels sprouts, leeks and second plantings of cabbage, lettuce, beets, radish, spinach and carrots prolong the harvest through fall. Spinach, leeks and brussels sprouts may be harvested to wintertime. Tomatoes and brussels sprouts represent the biggest savings. As a fall and winter crop, brussels sprouts mature at a time when store prices for fresh vegetables are high. They are frost hardy and produce into December in much of this country. Now about that $200 saving: Total value produced by the garden, according to the National Garden Bureau's Director Derek Fell, is $240. It might vary a little where you live. From the $240 deduct $9.30, the cost of seeds. "If the garden needs fertilizer, soil conditioner or pest controls these might add an additional $15 to the costs," Fell estimated. If you are an organic gardener it would be 12 ft. i CHARD BEETS (2 planting CARROTSI2 planlings SPINACH 12 plonlingsl RADISH 12 plsnlings) PARSIEY GREEN ONIONS LEEKS BROCCOU FOILOWED BY CALIIFLOWER- PEAS FOLLOWED BY BRUSSELS SPROUTS CUCUMBERS (6 plants on trellis! TOMATOES 19 plants ilattd) ZUCCHINI SQUASH IS plants) •BELL PEPPERS 19 plants] CABBAGE <2 plantings) •LETTUCE (2 planlings) •BEANS (2 planlings) less since you wouldn't use chemicals. "The garden can be dug and managed with a spade, rake and trowel, which most home owners already possess; and if a gardener prefers to have his plot rototilled ($5) or buy some of his vegetables as plants rather than seeds (about $10) you still save $200. Write off labor as healthy exercise," Fell encourages. There are other benefits. These are better-flavored vegetables (your own handiwork always makes them taste better), and have higher nutritional value than anything you can buy in the market, because they are fresher. And Fell says it's a great reason "to stay home during the energy crisis and keep productive." Double cropping, of course, is the secret of a profitable garden. That means getting two plantings to each garden row, one to mature in summer, the other in fall. This requires planting as early as possible in spring so the crop matures before really hot weather sets in, and permits harvest and space for another planting to ripen before cold weather sets in. Peas bear early and the space may be dug over and replanted with another row of broccoli, cauliflower or brussels sprouts to mature in fall. Corn matures in mid-summer generally but takes a lot of space. Other vegetables require a long growing season to mature properly. These include pumpkins, winter squash, salsify and parsnips. So you can't double-crop readily. w;is when he signed his first contract — received nearly $1 million each (or signing with the Aeros. Alan ICagleson, executive di- reclor, manager and executive counsel of (he National Hockey league Players Association, reports that in 1972, more limn 60 million North American .s|>orts fans spent more than S300 million for tickets to watcli major league sports. He said television and radio added $100 million for the rights to cover professional teams. Fans spent an estimated $150 million on concessions. Sahries reflect the infusion of millions, thanks to the increased competition for player talent brought about by new leagues like ihe American Basketball Association, World Hockey Association, and World Football League. In basketball, salaries ballooned from ;»! average of $12,000 a few years ago to $85,000 today; hockey players, com- IxHing for an average of $30,000 before the WHA, earn $55,000 today. Football salaries had dropped from $40,000 to $30,000 when the American and Kation;il Football leagues merged, but some pi-edict thut payrolls will double because of the World Football league. Owners aren't smiling anymore when it comes time to pay the bills. It isn't easy keeping up with the players in business, and there's the added worry about paying the rent on arenas and offices, buying equipment, paying for transportation, printing programs, and facing the threat of losing players to a competing league — regard- less of the status of Iheir contracts. Then there's another problem: what happens if fans aren't stowing up in vast numbers? "Our biggest problem right now is to fill seats that are now unfilled in many of our are- mis," says National Basketball Association Commissioner WalU'i 1 Kennedy. "Player salaries and the costs of operation for a club have escalated tremendously in the last 10 years; and while there has been a substantial increase in attendance and — in some instances — ticket prices, unless those seats are filled in Ihe next three to five years, some of our clubs are going to be in real financial difficulty." Financial difficulty, the spectre that leans over the shoulder of every team owner, is a startling prospect — considering the fad that much of a club's operating expense is tax deductible. "But somebody's OPEN HOUSE for Stephen and Debbie Savitt (the former Debbie Hanneman) Saturday, March 9 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. all 16 East Everett Fergus Falls got lo pay the bills," says one former team executive, "and if the fans don't show, where's the money going to come from?" At times, usually contract- signing times, owners plead poverty to player demands for six-figure contracts. In many cases, however, the financial bite isn't as severe as it seems. The National Hockey league Philadelphia Flyers are an example. They entered the NHL in 1967 after paying an entry fee of $2 million. They received a dividend of close to $; million in 1970 when Buffalo and Vancouver paid $6 million each to juin the league, and received almost the same amount in 1972 when the New York Islanders and Atlanta Flames became NHL franchises. The Flyers are in line for another big payment when league accepts Washington, D.C., and Kansas City next season, bringing back the amount the Flyers had to pay in 1967 with plenty of extra capital as well. They have more than made back their original investment. Fergus Falls (Hn.) Journal Wed., Mar. 6,1974 23 DANCE atthe SILVER DOLLAR Wednesday-Friday-Satitrday MARCH 6-8-9 Best in Rock 'n Roll by OVERLAND STAGE :ow POKES By Ace Reid 'Sure looks like a good spring—that grass is already about beer can high." "The! reminds me-when Hie talk gits around close to the feet-l reckon I need a new pair ol them lhare Minnetonka Mocassins fur thettramplin"roond the bunkhouse thet I do when I can't sleep. I'd better go see Aaron at Double A." __ WESTERN SHOP AND LUGGAGE CENTER 107 EAST LINCOLN FERGUS FALLS TV safety concern grows WASHINGTON (AP) Peter Young lost his wife, infant daughter and mother-in- law on New Year's Day last year when their Summit, N.J., home was swept by fire blamed by local authorities on a defective television set. Young, hospitalized 45 days for treatment of his injuries, has since seen his personal tragedy duplicated twice in neighboring New Jersey suburbs. On June 23, Edward McUonough and his three children perished in a similar inferno in Roseland and, on Aug. 25, Wall Street executive Fred- srick Stock Jr., his wife, their three children and two visiting nieces died of smoke inhalation in North Caldwell. Young wired the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in Washington. "There is good chance that certain brand TV sets constitute the most potent consumer hazard in America today." Young's letters and wire prompted a commission investigation, which resulted Monday in an announcement that mandatory safety standards will be developed for TV sets. fn addition, the commission Nixon to seek additional help for U.S. vefs WASHINGTON (AP) President Nixon says he will seek congressional approval of a program to increase compensation for disabled military veterans and their survivors. The proposals set forth Monday by Nixon would increase benefits to the veterans by 12 per cent and survivors' compensation by H per cent, retroactive to last Friday. He said the one-year cost of the program would be $432 million. In a letter to key congressmen, the President said he would ask Congress to make "structural changes in veterans compensations which will bring the disability ratings of underrated veterans up to a level corresponding lo whal survey data show to be their actual degree of impairment." Nixon said an in-depth survey shows "that many disabled veterans are undercompensated by a rating schedule basically unchanged since 1945 and that the degree of un- dercompensation is greatest for many of the seriously disabled." More than two million of the 29 million living veterans in the United States are disabled as a result of military service. There are nearly 375,000 survivors of other disabled veterans who have died. Benefits for disabled veterans were last increased in August 1972 and for their survivors in January 1972. Disabled veterans' compensation currently ranges from $28 a month for a veteran with 10 per cent disability to $495 for total disability. Additional benefits for other specific severe disabilities can raise benefits as high as $1,232 per month. Veterans whose disabilities are rated 50 per cent or higher get additional allowances for their dependents. is inviting leading TV manufacturers, consumer groups and individuals to a public hearing April 23-24 in Washington to air the issue. As evidence that more than coincidence was involved in the New Jersey fires, the commission pointed to these findings: —From consumer complaints, news stories and hospital emergency room cases last year, the commission learned of 35 TV-related accidents resulting in 14 deaths by fire, 2 deaths by electrical shock and at least 10 injuries requiring medical treatment. —A survey by its field offices of cities with a combined total of 21.7 million persons turned up 916 incidents within a one- year period blamed by local fire officials on TV sets. One person was killed, one hospitalized and three treated for burns or smoke inhalation. —Consumers sent in 27 letters last year complaining that TV sets had started 15 fires and two explosions; that two picture tubes shattered and reporting one instance of a set smoking. —The commission's computerized hookup with hospital emergency rooms across the country turned up 681 injuries associated with TV sets in fiscal 1973 and 359 in the first half of fiscal 1974. The figures represent 2 per cent of such cases treated annually. —Since last June 18, under a new law threatening stiff penalties for failure to do so, eight manufacturers notified the commission that they were recalling more than 140,000 color television sets for correction of shock and fire hazards. Endlessly honed and leveled by a succession of Ice Age glaciers, Denmark has prompted neighboring Norwegians, with their wealth of mountains, to tax the Danes with the comment: "If you stand on a box you can see the whole country." 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