Pro Football: In a Word, Money


Even the wives of pro-football fans had no trouble divining the reason behind last month's sudden merger of the rival National and American football leagues. In a word, money—the staggering bonuses (up to $600,000 last year) paid to college stars by the hotly competing pro leagues. It was bound to be merely a matter of time until veteran players (and their lawyers) decided to grab for a leaf of the lettuce.

Last week, just as practice for the 1966 season got under way, the N.F.L.'s Detroit Lions were trying to cope with...