Archive for Wednesday, November 12, 1997

WOODLING COLUMN

November 12, 1997

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Notes and quotes while wondering if Lamar Hunt will buy the Royals and move the games to Arrowhead Stadium. ...

Kansas officials estimate they'll receive less than $5,000 from the pay-per-view package of last Saturday's KU-Kansas State football game. Wichita had 1,170 viewers, Overland Park about 600, Topeka about 500 and Lawrence 389. Cable systems kept half of the $14.95 price. The other half was divided among KU, K-State and the production company. ...

Former Kansas and current Edmonton linebacker Willie Pless has been named to the CFL Western Conference all-star team for the fifth time. Pless, 33, is also a leading candidate for an unprecedented fifth CFL defensive player of the year award. Pless won't be playing in Sunday's Grey Cup. Saskatchewan edged the Eskimos, 31-30, in a semifinal. ...

Illinois has three NCAA Div. I-A football teams. Illinois is 0-9, Northern Illinois is 0-10 and Northwestern is 4-7. Down a level, Illinois State is 2-9 and Southern Illinois is 3-7. So how do you figure Western Illinois? The Leathernecks are 9-1. ...

According to Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based newsletter, the National Hockey League has the highest average ticket price at $40.64. Next is the NFL at $38.09 and third is the NBA at $36.32. Major league baseball's average ticket price is a piddling $11.98. ...

Speaking of baseball, did you realize six new major league stadiums are scheduled to open in the year 2000? And if Minnesota's legislature bites the bullet soon, the number might be seven. ...

You knew Greg Ostertag had signed a new contract with the Utah Jazz, but he's still in the final year of his original three-year pact and will make only a little more this year than rookie Jacque Vaughn, his former KU teammate. According to the Dallas Morning News, Ostertag will make $647,400 and Vaughn will earn $601,320.

Moreover, Scot Pollard, another former KU teammate and a rookie with the Detroit Pistons, will earn $818,160 this season. Two other former Jayhawks are currently in the NBA. The Phoenix Suns will pay Danny Manning $6,833,333 and Rex Walters' salary from the Philadelphia 76ers is $1,430,000. ...

Missouri is already assured of its first winning football season since 1983 and Saturday's crowd of 66,846 for the Nebraska game was MU's largest in a dozen years. Now you know why they call it the Show-Me State. ...

Big 12 Conference officials have devised new formulas for bowl allowances. Alliance teams will receive $1.05 million plus $150 per mile travel credit. Aloha Bowl participants -- are you listening Missouri? -- will receive $650,000, the travel credit and the league will pay $225,000 for the charter aircraft. Other non-alliance teams will get $850,000 plus the per-mile payment....

Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus, unhappy about the Western Athletic Conference's obscure status, said it. "If you go around the country and don't know what league a team is in, there's a good chance it's in the WAC." ...

Nebraska basketball coach Danny Nee, reflecting on speculation he was interested in the Rutgers job, said it. "I was too honest. I think from now on the way to do things is to answer questions, but not necessarily tell the truth about everything. Our president does that every day."

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