The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Board somehow failed to tie the soccer Stompers to a lease parallelling the tie that binds the baseball A's, and NASL's board of governors meets today in Dallas to approve or reject sale and shift of the franchise to Edmonton. Peter Pocklington, owner of the Edmonton Oilers (World Hockey Association), said yesterday he swung a $2.5 million deal with Stomper owner Milan Mandaric on a flight from Toronto to Calgary on Monday; admits the vote (16 of 24 NASL teams must approve) could be close. The Stompers recorded average attendance of 12,000 their one year in Oakland but Mandaric lost an estimated $1 million. If the club does move to Alberta, will Pocklington assure they stay as long as Wayne Gretzky, the teen-age hockey sensation the Oilers recently contracted for 21 years (at $5 million and up)?
Ere leaving Canada, let's hear it for the new coach of football's Toronto Argonauts: Forrest Gregg, the former Packer All-Pro and Cleveland Brown coach -- signed for three years at a reported $100,000 per... And for Montreal native Mike Bossy, who in case you missed the word on the late, late N.Y. Islander show in Los Angeles Monday night, registered his 100th NHL goal more quickly than any major leaguer in history: in his 129th game. Best before that was Rick Martin of Buffalo, who posted No. 100 in game 178.