A funny thing seems to be happening to Los Angeles on its way to Athens to clinch the 1984 Olympics for L.A.Colliseum: the Colliseum is losing the rams to Anaheim in the next county.
"Ramnapping!" cries "Kenneth Hahn, a Los Angeles County supervisor and Coliseum commission member, but if the L.A. Times knows its golden fleeces, the NFL Rams are ready to sign a 30-year lease to play in Anaheim Stadium beginning in 1980.
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom, according to the Times, will announce the Move "lock, stock and shoulder pads" within a month. No problem with the baseball configuration of the Big A stadium in Orange County, movable stands are one way of solving conflict...
Don Shula and Joe Robbe told the House communication subcommittee yesterday in Miami that lifting of Florida television blackouts on sold-out Dolphin NFL games not only generated thousands of on-shows in the stadium but, "The no-shows eventually became no-buys."
The Dolphin brass blamed the policy forced on profootball by Congreess, which is now considering where to go from here legislatively, for sending Miami season-ticket sales from a high of 74,961 in 1973, after the Superr Bowl win over the Redskins, to 34,838 in 1977. Aside the financial effect, Shula testified that it is much tougher to motivate his players without a packed stadium of home rooters.
On the other side (sure, gadfly attorney Ellis Rubin got his two cents worth in, too, for the antiblackout faction) in this first public testimony taken by the subcommittee, witnesses from a Tampa TV station and from Fort Myerssrsr, a lot way from eiththr city, complained of "a blockout on top of a blackout" since both Tampa Bay Buccaneers set up business - and shut of Dolphin telecasts . . .
Studio football? First of the week, Heisman Trophy leather-lugger Earl Campbell flies to New York to appear on the "Today" show Tuesday, taxis over to NFL draft HQ to be showcased as No.1 pick, flies to Houston, helicopters to the Olier offices and, at midafternoon, signs a contract reportedly worth $1.3 million to $1.5 million. Details of the contract were hampmered out during a 20-hour bargaining session with rep Mike Trope, who made sure to get Campbell at least as good a deal as he pried from Dallas for client Tony Doesett a year ago.
The NBA Detriot Pistons have called a Monday morning news conference, persumably to name Dick Vitale their first Silverdome coach (they start play in pontiac come fall) on a three-year contract. Vitale's the U. of Detroit athelic director who quit as basketball coach prior to last season because of recurrent ulcer trouble - but cautioned that he might find life away from courtside so unchallenging he might be driven to come back and,"If gotta go that way, I'll go that way" . . . The Detroit Yiggers sorrowfully report that ailing ace Mark Fidrych will be examined Monday by Dr.Frank Jobe, the eminent L.A. orthopedist, to see what is wrong with his pitching shoulder. It still hurt when he tried to warm up in Seattle and the Bird gave it up after less than five minutes . . . Mike Nykoluk, NHL Philiy Flyer assistant coach, seized on rumours that Coach Fred Shero might shift to the coach-hunting Vancouver Canucks to let it be known he, Nykoluk, is available insteeetad - "having worked with Freddie so closely for so long I've pickel up quite a lottaht can help me as a coach" . . . Alyder shipped from Keeneland to Louisville "fit and trim" yesterday. The Claumet colt and archrival Affirmed share Churchill Downs' Barn 42 with several other Derby hopemuls - and the May 6 classic will be no place for minors Affirmed's Jockey, Steve Cauthen, will have turned 18 Monday . . .
Derrick Jackson became Georgetown's first three-time MVP during the Hoya's basketball awards banquet last night at the Twin Bridges Marriott, where Dean Smith joined John Thompson as a speaker . . . Bullets Larry Wright and Kevin Grevey and Viking Chuck Foreman will man the phones 10-11 a.m. today at Rockville City Hall, during the Job-a-thon soliciting commitments from local business to hire youths . . . Foreman, the Frederick (Md) Flash who has been disgruntled off and on in Minnesota, is certainly making himself at home in the Washington area since he got that physical-fitness franchise in Gaithersburg.