Pro Football: Bush-League Scandal

Pro football's tycoons have a good thing going, and the slightest scent of scandal makes them shudder—all the way to the bank. Last week they got a bad case of the tremblies. Those stories about players betting on pro games turned out to be true. As sports scandals go, this one was strictly bush league. But it was enough to make National Football League Commissioner Pete Rozelle reach for his cat-o'-nine-tails.

During a party in Miami last December, five members of the Detroit Lions bet $50 apiece on the Green Bay Packers to win the N.F.L. championship. For that, Rozelle...

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