Ed Garvey, said he expects to file an action within two weeks to force an election to unionize players in the new U.S. Football League.
Garvey, meeting with reporters at the midwinter meeting of the AFL-CIO Executive Council, said he does not expect the 57-day NFL strike to have an effect on the effort to win collective bargaining for USFL players.
"No one is talking strike," he said. "We're talking about establishment of basic rights."
Eugene Klein, owner of the San Diego Chargers, told the San Diego Union he is not negotiating to sell a majority interest in the franchise.
Last week, reports said Klein wanted to sell his interest in the club to Alex Spanos, a wealthy Stockton, Calif., real estate developer who bought 10 percent of the franchise last summer. "I have had numerous people make offers to me . . . and ask me if I'm interested in selling the club," Klein said. "But I'm not negotiating with anybody. How do I get that message across?" . . .
The Washington Federals will conduct mascot tryouts this week at RFK Stadium. Female and male candidates for the job should report 6 p.m. Thursday (Parking Lot 5, Gate A, fourth floor). Candidates will be evaluated for creativity, enthusiasm, and ability to entertain fans at nine games this spring at RFK.