Sport: Practical Proposal

Basketball has become a bore, according to Charley Eckman—onetime coach of the Fort Wayne Pistons and now a busy college referee. Last week in the Greensboro (N.C.) Daily News, Eckman spelled out his complaint.

"Basketball today," said the disillusioned referee, "is like playing baseball without the home run. It's like four-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust football. Dull. There's nothing more breathtaking than the long set shot or the long jump shot. But you see very few of these any more in the game we're playing. All you see is a lot of heavy traffic and battling under the basket. That's where 90% of the fouls occur...

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