The Redskins followed along with the general inflation by announcing yesterday a 14 percent hike of $16, from $112 to $128, for the season seating in the old $14, now $16, chairs at eight regular-season games in 1980.
The elite in the mezzanine get off with no increase in their $20-per-game tab, but at the lower end of the scale $12 seats rise to $13, or for $96 for the season to $104.
At $12.40 last season, the average Redskin ticket was the costliest in the NFL. With prices going up around the league, Washington now keeps up with, or rather stays ahead of the Joneses; the new RFK Stadium average will be around $13.40.
This time, with the first raise since 1977, the first Redskin play-off team since 1976?
"George would never hold out or do anything like that," said George Gervin's agent to doubters yesterday. The Iceman is sick, said lawyer Pat Healy.
"He's a professional. It's totally coincidental. George has proven that he plays sick. He wasn't feeling 100 percent in the All-Star Game Sunday. You can't play if you're nauseated. He'll be back and give 100 percent when he's well."
Well! Anyone who was in Capital Centre Sunday must wonder what a 100 percent Gervin would have done to top his All-Star MVP exhibition. Just as the nearly 10,000 San Antonio fans on hand when the Spurs lost to the Nets Tuesday night wondered, as they booed the announcement, if Ice really was too sick to suit up, even to accept the MVP trophy as planned as an adjunct to the game in the HemisFair.
Gervin did show up for a doctor's appointment yesterday. And discussions continued over the "security for life" that he doesn't feel is provided by the contract -- four years left of an original eight -- that pays him that third-of-a-million yearly, plus incentive bonuses . . .
Pete Maravich stepped into the breach, activated by Boston for last night's game against the 76ers -- and no Celtic had to be cut to make room. Dave Cowens, idle with a bruised foot since Jan. 22, went on the injured list; out at least five more games. Maravich sat out the win, though . . .
In the big-contract league now we find the St. Louis version of National League most valuable player, Keith Hernandez. He accepted a five-year pact with the Cardinals yesterday into which is written "six clubs that I have designated that I will not want to be traded to." Actually, the Gold Glove first baseman with the championship .344 bat applauds that "the bottom line is I get to stay. I don't have to go to free agency." Pay? A secret, but Bird watchers reckon Hernandez is now in a league with top-paid teammate Ted Simmons; figure $600,000 per . . .
John Gregorek, Georgetown's sophomore middle-distance standout has been invited to run in the Wanamaker Mile at New York's Millrose Games Friday night. And why not, he recently ran the same Madison Square Garden track for a 3,000-meter victory in 7:56.4.
Bob Hayes has been granted parole by Texas Gov. Bill Clements, who has urged the former all-pro receiver and Olympic gold-medal sprinter to use his experience to help youngsters refrain from drug use.
Clements did not indicate when Hayes will be released from the state prison in Huntsville, but the state board, in recommending in December that Hayes be let out, set a tentative release date in March. That would make 11 months served of a five-year sentence for drug dealing in Dallas.