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Sunday, June 25, 1972
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THC MUNICH OLYMPICS The American (TV) Invasion Gonzales Awaits Officials'Decision (Lost of Two PorfsJ By UALl'll NOVAK MUNICH, West Germany - (NKA) — German television executive Robert Lembke was smiling right al ABC-TV Sports president Koune Arledge when he said it, bill he still said il: "ABC thinks the Olympics are an American thing the rest of the world is allowed to participate in." Lembke is the director of the German Olympic Center of Kadi o and Television (DOZ), which was formed by Germany's two main television organizations to broadcast the Olympic games from Munich this August. DOZ will have more than 100 color cameras covering Hie games and supplying the only picture for every television-using country in the world except one, the United Stales. ABC will have 16 of its own cameras supplementing the Germans' coverage so that U.S. audiences can be sure that if any Olympian so much as twitches without the event being recorded for posterity, that Olympian won't be an American. "Actually, I think it's perfectly all right for Americans to want special coverage," Lembke Says, even when Arledge is out of earshot. "I know that if Germany won that many medals, the people would go crazy. You underplay it, if anything." The Olympics may have been underplayed in the past, but ABC has pounced on the Games like a dog clamping its teeth on the only bone in town. The network has scheduled 66'/^ hours of coverage, much of it in prime evening time, f r o m a preview on Aug. 25, the day before the Games open, through a roundup on Sept. 10, the day they close. The coverage will cost ABC around $22 million—in- cluding $13.5 million paid to the International Olympic Committee for broadcasting rights—and ABC sports network vice-president Chuck Howard says the best he hopes for financially is to break even, despite a $48,000 per minute price tag for sponsors. But Howard admits that ABC is not altruistic enough to go lo all this trouble just to make sure American audiences don'l miss seeing .lim Hyun lake off his sweat pants. "There are two main reasons we're involved," Howard says. "One is the prestige of having the Olympic Games on our network. The other is Ihe impetus we hope this will give us for the new television season lhat starts right after the Games end. Wilh the other networks carrying reruns at the end of the summer, we should be able to grab most of the audience and we hope a lot. of that will carry over even after the Olympics." Whatever ABC's motives, the network's role in the proceedings has raised some problems. The anti-American tendencies Lembke alluded to more or less jokingly are one of them. As far back as the Berlin Olympics in 1936, many Europeans were "thoroughly weary and disgusted" with American domination of the Games, according to a New York Times dispatch from Berlin. The Germans won the unofficial team point championship in 1936, partly because they flooded all events with German contestants and padded their point total with medals awarded for architecture and city planning. But there are still a lot of Europeans (not to mention Asians, Africans, Latin Americans and Australians) who are not broken-hearted when an American loses, Olympic ideals notwithstanding. There is bound to be Ernie Ladd Likes Pro Wrestling Money Robert Lembke more resentment this year because the United States has been allotted by far the largest quota of tickets to the games, 118,246, and still wanted more. And the neo- imperialist aura of ABC's privileged presence among 4,000 journalists at the Games is not likely to help the situation. International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, who has dedicated his life to chaperoning the amateur standing of everybody in the world, has said he is afraid the big television money might pervert the Olympic spirit. And when TV Guide writer Al Stump asked him if a network that had paid millions to cover Games might not be tempted to want some kind of control over them (something akin to the "television timeouts" in basketball and football), Brundage said: "Doesn't that usually happen when television moves into sports?" There is no evidence that Brundage's fears have been realized yet (not those particular fears, anyway) but a potentially troublesome precedent has been set. Think, for the sake of argument, what might happen at the 1976 Games in Montreal if the Soviet Union outbid all the American networks for the supplemental coverage rights. (NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSN.) BALTIMORE (AP) - Ernie Ladd, who boasts he was the highest paid lineman in pro football history, has no regrets since quitting the game at his peak. As a wrestler, the 32-year- old athlete has doubled his salary. "In what other sport," Ladd said, "can you pick up a $14 pair of boots, 59-cent socks— spend maybe a total of $50— and convert it into $100,000 a year if you are sharp and train?" Ladd even shortchanged himself on the pay, since he claims to have made $115,000 on the mat last year. But the money is only part of the good life, Ladd said during a stop in Baltimore to compete against Pedro Morales, the heavyweight champion of the World Wide Wrestling Federation. "Now, I'm my own boss," he said. "I take off three months a year. I'm a more complete man. 1 come and go when I please. "In football, if a coach called me at 4 a.m., I had to jump. Now, 1 can say the hell with it if I don't want to do something." The 6-foot-9, 297-pound Ladd doesn't like to be told what he can and cannot do. He claims that's why he quit the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968. "1 wanted to see the Olympic Games in Mexico City, and Coach Hank Stram wouldn't let me go," Ladd recalls. "He said if he let one player go, he'd have to let them all go. So I quit." Ladd, a 15th round draft choice of San Diego in 1961, played out his option with the Chargers and signed with the Houston Oilers in 1966. "I was making $57,000," Ladd said. "Houston signed me for more money than Joe Namath was making/They still owe me a few hundred thousand, and have to pay me until 1989." The former defensive tackle joined the wrestling circuit in 1964 and "practically starved while 1 took my lumps for three years and had my nose rubbed on the mat. "But even when my payoffs were bad," Ladd said, "I raised hell in the ring and I kept improving." Ladd, who said he rejected a suggestion from former boxing great Archie Moore to become a fighter, claims he is in the right sport. "When a boxer makes a name for himself," Ladd said, "the rats come out of nowhere and claim his money. Wrestlers don't get $1 million purses, but a lot of them make over $40,000 a year and don't get drained. "How many boxers wind up as shoeshine boys or parking lot attendants? You won't find ex- wrestlers doing that." LONDON (API - Pancho Gonzales, sternly put in his place by a woman referee, waited today to see if tennis officials would take any disciplinary action against him before Wimbledon. The old maestro was disqualified from the London Grass Court Championships Friday after a bitter argument over line calls at Queen's Club. Wimbledon starts Monday, and the British Lawn Tennis Association is currently waging a strong campaign to clean up court manners. Last week Rosie Casals of San Francisco was admonished by the tournament committee of the West of England Championships after she had argued over line calls. This week the BLTA wrote to tournament organizers saying that stricter measures would be taken against players who argue over umpires' decisions. And right on top of it came the stormy scene involving Gonzales. Nobody however, expected the veteran star from Las Vegas, Nev., lo be suspended. With the 32 stars of World Championship Tennis absent from the lineup, GoiMles will be one of the biggest attractions at Wimbledon. The Queen's Club tournament, traditionally the last warmup before Wimbledon, could end with both the men's and women's titles going to Amnrirnrui Every Thursday is Ladies Day at Delaware Park racetrack near Wilmington, Del Admission is 20 cents The meeting runs until Aug. CATTLE AND LIVESTOCK BUYERS WE NEED MEN IN THIS AREA. Train to buy cattle, sheep and hogs. We will Irain qualified men with some livestock enperience. Foi local interview, wrile loday including complete background, address, and phone number WESTERN MEAT PACKERS TRAINING, INC. 4318 Wwdcock. San Antonio. Tews 78228 Summer •i^^««^^^^^™"^— Specials TENNIS TENNIS RACQUETS BEGINNERS TO PROS by Bancroft • Slazenger MacGergor • Dunlop Davis Wilson Slaughter And Walker Join Oldtimers Squad Specially Priced to 50 Metal Tennis Racquet Strung with Nylon Made in U.S.A. 9 95 NATIVE TANGO had the fastest trial victory in the qualifying races for today's Scotch Foursome Spring Futurity-Laddie division-at La Mesa Park in Raton. Pictured, left to right, co-owner Mrs. Jo Hutton Lubbock; trainer Johnie L. Jamieson; co-owner Mrs. Nancy Shelton, Clarendon, and up. jockey Richard Bickel. Muhammad Ali Admits Quarry Mau Be Strongest Of The Two f-f _ n.,1....,, hort rio<MQrort parlipr Ali ranks 3 LAS VEGAS. Nev. (API Muhammad Ali admits Jerry Quarry might be stronger than he and hit harder. "But I'm skillful and creative and artistic and I'll beat him." the former world heavyweight boxing champion declares of his Tuesday night 12-round bout against the Southern California Irishman. "I've boxed against stronger men and beat them," Ali adds. "I hit hard enough to hurt and I've boxed so regular and I'm hitting so fast that I'll win. "Thinking and speed wins heavyweight fights, not just strength Quarry had declared earner he was the physically stronger of the two and would put pressure on Ali in this rematch of their 1970 bout in Atlanta when the Irishman was cut in the third round and the fight stopped. Ali stands to earn J500.000 for the Quarry fight at the Las Vegas Convention Center yet he looks ahead to an even bigger payday, another multi-million dollar meeting with Joe Frazier, the heavyweight king who beat him last year. ••He's got to fight me to clear the slate," the ex-champ said after Friday's workout. Ali ranks as the No. 1 heavyweight contender and Quarry No. 2. On the same card, Jerry's brother Mike challenges champion Bob Foster for the light-heavyweight title. LION NETMEN ROAR NEW YORK (AP) - Three freshmen helped Columbia University's tennis team post a 19-1 record, its best ever, this spring. Enos (Country) Slaughter and Harry (The Hat) Walker, who teamed with captain Terry Moore to be one of the best outfields in baseball, will be at the Oldtimers game with the 1946 St. Louis Cardinals against the 1947 Houston Buffs this Fourth of July in the Astrodome. Joe (Ducky) Medwick, who had played with many of these '46 Cards on other great St. Louis teams, also has been invited for the reunion. Medwick wasn't a member of either the '46 Cards or the '47 Buffs but was a favorite of earlier times. The "Champions AH" theme is carried out with the '46 World Champion Cards playing the '47 Dixie Series champion Buffs at 6 p.m. with the world champion Pittsburgh Pirates facing the Astros at 7:30 p.m. Slaughter, known affectionately as "Country" was "Mr. Hustle." He was one of the '46 Series heroes, climaxing a great season and series by scoring the series-winning run in the eighth inning of the seventh game against the Boston Red Sox by sprinting all the way from first on a blow to left center by Harry Walker. A surprised Red Sox shortstop Johnny Pesky hesitated on relaying the ball to the home plate as Slaughter never slowed down in his race to score. Slaughter was in the majors for 18 years with a career batting mark of .302. He led the league in 1946 with 130 runs batted in, and played in eight all star games. He's now baseball coach at Duke University, and owns a farm in Roxboro, N.C. Harry (The Hat) Walker, now manager of the Astros, had a lifetime batting average of .296 and led the league in batting in 1947 with .363. He played in two all star games and three world series and got the game-winning hit that scored Slaughter. Medwick, a Hall of Famer, was one of the great Houston Buff favorites before going to the majors. He is the last National Leaguer to win the Triple Crown, batting .374, hitting 31 home runs and batting in 154 runs in 1937 when he was named the league's Most Valuable Player. Medwick had a 17-season batting average of.324. Texas 4th In Seafood Value AUSTIN — Texas ranked fourth in 1971 in the value of seafood landed for commercial purposes. The Lone Star State followed California, Alaska and Louisiana in the value of its fishery products. TENNIS BALLS Blue Point or Tilden Your Choice 3 , Racauet Restringing ana Repairing Nylon and Gut Strings 34 Years' Experience Also Tennis Balls by Wilson, Tretorn, Slazenger Addidas Tennis Shoes SPECIAL Others from $14*5 *6 95 Men's Tennis Shirts Special Men's Polyester-Cotton Tennis Shorts Special Pampa Hardware Co. 120N. Cuyler 669-2451 RADIALS B.E Goodrich HiLand =m^^ff on West Kentucky NOW OPEN Sundays 1 PM- 10PM Daily 10 AM-10PM FREE Bucket of Golf Boll* Sunday 1 PM- 6 PM Knits! 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