Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 29, 1973 · Page 122
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 122

Phoenix, Arizona
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Friday, June 29, 1973
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EDITIONS »•« The Arizona Republic Phwnlt, Friday, June tt, 1173 irr __ „___ JNFL players ,*t turf study » Associated Press 1 WASHINGTON-The National Football League Players As- Delation Thursday severely criticized a report on artificial Curf which says there is no real difference between synthetic grass and the real thing. ; The study made by the Stanford Research Institute was re- elased Wednesday in New York at the league's annual owners meetings. They drew to a close Thursday with Commissioner Pete Rozelle announcing that the NFL was making some minor roster-change procedures and was relinquishing Its right of rejection over television play-by-play and color announcers. * Ed Garvey, NFLPA executive director, said the study is totally inadequate. He challenged the league to release the raw data to the association's medical adviser for analysis. Garvey also urged the owners to join the association in urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set the standards for artificial turf. he said the Institute's suggestion that the NFL ask the turf manufacturers to conduct tests is comparable "with the thought that General Motors should be solely responsible for pollution control in the automotive industry." .Garvey said the NFLPA again demanded there be a moratorium on further installation of synthetic turf, that there be an impartial joint study on artificial grass and that the owners join the players in asking the Consumer Product Safety Commission to set standards. There was no immediate comment from Rozelle, who had told a news conference in New York Wednesday there would not be any moratorium but that the study on the relationship of artificial turf and injuries will continue. Garvey, in his statement, said the Stanford study produced "the results desired by the league" but could not hide the following issues: —33 per cent to 40 per- cent more injuries occur on synthetic turf than on grass. There are more contusions, strains, concussions and abrasions on synthetic turf than on regular grass. —There is no support for Stanford's conclusion that there are more serious injuries on natural surface. Stanford discounts player Attitudes, performance and punishment on synthetic turf. "They do not comment on second and third-degree burns to players who are forced to play on synthetic turf," laid Garvey. "They do not comment on increased staph infection on synthetic turf. "They do not comment on permanent scars on players from synthetic turf. They do not comment on shortened careers as a result of synthetic turf." The SRI report, nearly 100 pages long, covers virtually every injury from 1969 through 1972. The probe Involved the kind of injury to determine its cause, incidence and severity. "Major" injuries cover those in which a player was forced to miss two or more games. Minor ones includes less severe abrasions, contusions, concussion and sprains. Although reporting no difference between the two types of grass, the report said artificial turf has a poorer safety record in minor injuries. It also said, however, that more injuries occur In the third quarter than any other period of the game. And Rozelle said some serious injuries occur because people aren't staying off the six-foot buffer zone along the sidelines. The players association has asked for an Independent, jointly financed study of synthetic turf since September 1971 and, since November 1971, has called for a moratorium on further installation of artificial grass until studies could be completed. Garvey said the owners have refused to bargain, to join in a study and to implement a moratorium "despite the fact that over 80 per cent of the NFL players are oposed to synthetic turf." He said Rozelle, with the owners permission and without informing the association, entered into a contract with the research institute in May 1972 and that he kept the scope of the study secret from the players until last January. Regarding the matter of television announcers, Rozelle noted Thursday that, unlike major league baseball, NFL regular- season games are televised strictly on a national or regional network basis. Baseball, except for the NBC Saturday and Monday night games, are generally covered by local stations, with the teams in some cases "packaging" their games, selecting their own announcers. This process has brought about complaints that basebal teams were exercising too much control over television commentary. The league has always maintained its right to approve or reject the play-by-play and color announcers chosen by ABC, CBS and NBC, a right which, in the past, has brought some comment that the league was choosing announcers which it felt would cast the NFL in a favorable light or controlling what commentators were saying. But Rozelle stressed that, in the 13 years he has been commissioner, the league has never even discussed with the networks their choice of announcers and that there has never been any attempt to regulate their commentary. In this light, and in order to dispel any lingering doubt, Rozelle said, the league has asked that, when the networks' contracts expire at the end of the 1973 season, the right of rejection will not be included in the ensuing pacts. A basic change in preseason roster activity provides that no team may recall a player when he has been placed on waivers as injured. And no team which claims that player on waivers can withdraw the claim. To compensate for that, the league is establishing a preseason inactive list. A team will be permitted to have as many as three players on it at any one time. Each player on it must miss 16 days. The reason for the changes, NFL executive director Jim' Kensil explained, was to eliminate the constant shifting around of players onto and off the injured waiver list. Kensil also said the teams will find it necessary to use the three-player list only for those players who are, in fact, hurt, because if they put other players on it, then come up with a player really seriously injured, "they could find themselves with real problems." The teams must cut their rosters to 60 players by Aug. 7, to 49 three weeks prior to the start of the regular season, to 44 with two weeks to go and to 40, plus seven on the inactive list, for the start of the season. 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