Touche, Ralp Nader. Across the continent, one more fan-orientated organization has sprung up: Sports Fans of America, Inc.
Founder Joseph Rubbico of Irvine, Calif., calls it "a nonprofit organization to bring together the real supporters of professional sports - the sports fan . . . in sufficiently large number to be able to exert a positive influence ..."
One of the main aims - the first one stated in the SFA preamble issued Dec. 2 - is "to buy unsold seats to key professional football games, thereby lifting the local blackout and forcing the television converage of home games. The tickets purchased will be distributed free to SFA members."
Guess it was too short notice for this year - last night's Ram-Vikings game almost in Rubbico's backyard never sold out by blackour deadline and Los Angeles area TViewers were skunked.
SFA has other laudable objectives such as pushing for lower ticket prices, safety clincis, youth program, etc. (but "not primarily concerned with the quality of the hot dog or other ocnsumer-related problems" - clear field there for Nader's FANS).
Rubbico asks $10 annual membership fee (P.O. Box 19595, Irvine, Calif. 92713) - FANS here charges only $9 - and maybe next year on lifting those blackouts.
Say, whatever happened to that "national" sports fan organization started a couple of years ago in Baltimore - you know, blackoutsville I - to straighten out owners, athletes and everything?
Even the fans who have it made don't have the best of everything. Not only did a big TV set fall out of a Texas Stadium luxury suite and almost hit some spectators before the Cowboy-Bear playof, but pity the poor millionaires who rent the sky suites in the Louisiana Superdome, scene of the upcoming Super Bowl. Among the good works of the architect team that built the $163.5 million monster was installation of closed-circuit sets in those suites in such manne that repairment can't get to the TVs with out erecting scaffolding under them. Patrons of the 64 suites have been complaining about sets out of focus and the picture often rolling out of control. The sets show (when working) the same instant replays flashed for therest of the Superdome audience on giant screen that, of course. So, what's another $94,000. a contract has been issued to install tracks under the suite set so they can be maneuvered towhere repairmen can get at them.