Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 29, 1975 · Page 58
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 58

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 29, 1975
Page 58
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--June 29,1975 WTT All Kings 9 Shouts Can't Dispel Dubts By Karal Stooger AP Sport* rriler .Even with all the Kings' promos and all the Kings''shoAts, World Team Tennis can't .dispel ii!l the doubts. Larry King, WTT president, and Billie Jean King, its premier player, are bent on making success of a two-year-old concept burdened by a lack of public interest. King, who cut costs at headquarters, pushed promotions and streamlined travel claims the number of fans is up substantially over a year ago, with Phoenix. Hawaii and New York leading the way. Mrs. King; star of the New York Sets, showcase of the league, bellows: "Wher6 are they?" According to the league, the 10 teams drew a total of 198,963 fans for 82 dates in the six weeks" pfior to the Wimbledon break, .an average of .2,426. Last year for ·the same period, 16 teams drew an aver- age'of 2,244 for the'same period. Hawaii No. 1 Hawaii, where there is little competition for the sports dollar, is No. 1, and Phoenix, also in virtual Sports Isolation, is second Outside of New York Where Billie Jeah is the attraction, the East Coast is . faring Jess well. .And few owners, even those with head* band nights, racket cover nights, ball nights and even 10-cent beer nights, are optimistic about this year, or next. Almost all say King's innovative multi-team "spectaculars" have been a bust. The most vocal on finances and the future is Frank Fuhrer. owner of the Pittsburgh Triangles where Evonne Goolagong Pawley 'stars' He, concedes that attend', ance is,up but not enough, 'and he's losing money despite .cutting expenses. "I'm going to look at the figures at the . end of the year in a very businesslike way," he said. "I have certain criteria set for myself, and if they are not met, we won't play "I went on emotioris the first year Pittsburghers told me they wanted team tennis. Well now they're going to have to turn out " It Takes Time 'Bill Bereman, general manage'r of the | Indiana franchise which moved frdm Detroit last year, says the Loves averaged I 2,300 for five home games * "It's -a new team, .a new concept and new league. It takes promotion,and H-1 takes time," He says.- ' ,'· ' " ' Bereman added that despite King's ins- istance, the Loves will not sign superstars I to super salaries and thus create a super debt. "World Team Tennis is a team spdrt,' he said "You don't have to have a super-' star to win A lot of other teams hope we can make it without a superstar because our expenses are less than theirs and .they know'we stand the best chance of doing it." ·_ ./ Billie Jean King 'Where Are They?' White Broadmoor Men's Buckle Slip-on 1080 I 7 Regularly 31.95 Summer elegance ... wear white with everything . Look cooler in Florsheim^ slip-on 6f select white-- · - ...Cdafejaslf. 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