Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona on June 18, 1970 · Page 127
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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 127

Phoenix, Arizona
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Thursday, June 18, 1970
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REPUBLIC BULLDOG 8* TV A* iiftnt Republic Blunts, 1%un., Jut i&, 1970 j ..-*.-- ,, . ._ -i i .- — — _ . .. .., Kennedy speaks %, NBA opposes early signings Revision benefits amateurs ABA grounds Rockets over Simpson signing Associated Press ATLANTA - Walter Ken- rtedy, commissioner of the National Basketball Association, said yesterday that any "plans to merge with the American Basketball Association must contain the ABA's agreement to adhere to the NBA policy of not signing collegiate players until their class has graduated. "It would hive to be an insistence," Kennedy said at a news conference at the summer meeting of the NfiA's Board of Governors. "Every college has the right to reasonably expect that a player will perform for their team for four years," Kennedy said. the NCAA urged its members yesterday to enact an immediate boycott against the ABA after an announcement Tuesday that the league's Denver team had signed Michigan State star Ralph Simpson to a long-term contract as a "hardship" case. Simpson had two years <ff eligibility remaining at Michigan State. ^Kennedy said the NBA had operated under a rule for 25 years that no team could land a. college player until his class graduated. "We feel very strongly about it and anticipate no Change in the rule," Kennedy Mid. ;When pressed on the matter, Kennedy said, "I've got Enough trouble running the NBA. I don't want to start running the ABA." 'The two professional leagues have been legally barred from merging by a court injunction issued in a suit in which the NBA Players Association is seeking to prevent a merger. However, a U.S. District Court in New York asked the two leagues to submit a merger plan to Congress. Asked if the Simpson signing might have an adverse effect on any plan that might go before Congress, Kennedy said, "It well might." However, Kennedy insisted that the NBA hasn't "agreed on terms of a merger." He said the three-member NBA merger committee "will put forth its thoughts" on a merger today. Asked about ABA Commissioner Jack Dolph's remarks that lawyers are working on briefs to submit to Congress, Kennedy said, "That's so in a very embryonic stage." Five of the 17 NBA franchise owners could block a merger. Kennedy said he didn't recall any formal vote having been taken on a merger. "I really don't know what the vote would be," he said. Kennedy said most of yesterday's session involved "housekeeping chores," such as discussing possible changes in the by-laws. Requests of the Players Association will be placed before the owners today but Kennedy said usually three to five meetings between a committee of owners and players is needed before total agreement is reached. CHASKA, Minn. (AP) The U.S. Golf Association has revised its rule relating to amateur status and now will allow an amateur to announce his intention of turning professional in the future, USGA President Phillip H. Strubing announced yesterday. Previously, if an amateur said he intended to turn professional, he suffered Immediate loss of amateur status. "The change is in keeping with the times," Strubing said. "Our traditional interpretation of the 'intent', rule has caused a good deal* of uncertainty and consternation to young men who are seriously considering careers as professional golfers. "There is no reason for their not saying so. Words alone afford no competitive advantage and fair competition is what the rules of amateur status are all about." Strubing also announced that the USGA has changed its rule governming expenses so that amateurs may now accept expenses to events provided the expenses are not offered "because of golf skill or reputation." He said the change was prompted "by the belief that there are occasions when amateurs may be offered expenses for reasons having to do with their golfing abilities." He said a tournament staged by a business firm for its clients would be an example. frazier's next title flefense is Foster Washington Post Service YORK - Yank Dur- fiam, manager of Joe Fra- ^er, said yesterday in the .Madison Square Garden box- iftg office, that the heavyweight champion's next title .defense will be against Bob foster of Silver Spring, Md., probably in mid - September. I "My mind is made up," Burham said, corroborating such a prediction by the Garden three weeks ago. "It is MO per cent as far as I am Concerned. The only thing that could prevent it. from coming off is if we cannot ijgree on terms. ••"I don't know where it will tie, we will go where we get t|}e most money. A promoter in St. Louis has offered us a 200,000 dollar guarantee. I was first approached by a promoter in Houston. It might be in Montana." -Asked if Cassius Clay- Muhammad Ali were suddenly permitted to box again whether Frazier would fight the former heavyweight champion instead of light heavyweight champion Foster, Durham said, "No. We tyant to get this one with Foster out of the way first. A bird in the hand. : "I have been dickering with the Foster people since two (Jays before he defended his title against Roger Rouse. I told promoter Earl Gilliam in Houston that I was interested ft Foster but Frazier broke Top Ten his ankle the next night. I agreed to discuss the bout with Foster's management (Lou Viscusi) and I will follow through on negotiations before I talk ahead to another bout." For that reason, Durham said, he did not mention a possible bout with the winner of the MacArthur Foster and Jerry Quarry fight when he talked with Harry Markson, director of boxing for the Garden. There has been speculation in New York that Clay Ali might benefit from the decision Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court widening the basis for granting draft exemption for registrants who claim the status of conscientious objectors. Robert Arum, New York attorney who handles his business matters but not his draft evasion case, predicted that Clay would file a new appeal and would be given an exemption. DENVER (AP) - Under K essure of an announced ycott by college athletics, the American Basketball Association commissioner said yesterday anf contract between the Denver Rockets and Ralph Simpson, Michigan State star, would be rejected. Commissioner Jack Dolph said in a statement "If such a contract does in fact exist and is submitted to the commissioner, the contract will be rejected" and the Denver club would be fined $10,000. Doug Ringsby, president and general manager of the Rockets, announced Tuesday that Simpson had signed a contract with Denver for next season as a "hardship case." In his sophomore year last season Simpson averaged 29 points per game for Michigan State and was named to the all-Big Ten team. But after Dolph issued his statement yesterday, Ringsby said he had no commet. "I am bound by the action of the league at our meeting this morning," Ringsby said. "I could be fined if I said anything about it." A league source that asked anonymity said it was believed certain that the Rockets would not submit any contract on Simpson and risk the announced fine. Dolph said in his statement that "every franchise in the ABA was polled and went on record as saying that they are not in negotiation with any player whose college eligibility has not expired." In urging member colleges and coaches earlier yesterday to enact an immediate boycott of the pro league, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said the an- CAR WASH with Gas Fillup Must Fillup and Take At Least 3 Gallons! With This Coupon WE GIVE RAINCHECKS 711 Grand Avenw* Mobil and Most Mtior Credit Card* Honorrdi Coupon Expires 4/77/70 RANCHO CAR WASH 253-7914 SUPER SPECIAL Blu« Coral Polish & Wax 1fl QC | UB V W $ $25.00 Vglue! EXTENDED BY POPULAR DEMAND! Includes: 1. Wath and vacuum. 2. Chroma elaanad inside and ouf. 3. Polish «xtarior paint. 4. And finish with paste wax applied by hand using the best wax available. 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Haywood ended his eligibility at the University of Detroit last year to sign with the rockets and later was given a $1.9 million contract spanning six years. Rlngsby refused Tuesday to discuss terms of the contract offered Simpson. Dolph was asked where the ABA action leaves the player. "I don't know," he said. "That would have to be up to the NCAA." The commissioner has said earlier that while promising no more raids on college campuses, he had told the NCAA "hardship cases would be reviewed carefully by my office and if it appeared that a boy could not finish college we might well sign him." But in his statement yesterday Dolph said ABA "bylaws prohibit any member club from signing players whose college eligibility has not expired. The American Basketball Association intends to abide by its bylaws." He said the $10,000 fine for the Denver club should the Simpson contract reach his office was authorized by trustees of the league. 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