Sport: Football Heretic

When the National Collegiate Athletic Association voted (161 to 7) to ration football telecasts this fall, it proposed a diet of one game a week for each television area. This lean fare, the N.C.A.A. hoped, would get the football public out of its armchair and back into the stands again. But last week, tempted by an offer of some $250,000 from ABC for the right to televise its eight home games, the University of Pennsylvania plunked the public back in its armchair by announcing it intended to defy the N.C.A.A. ruling.

Penn's revolt, particularly if such heavyweights as Notre Dame and...

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