Sport: Battle for the Bodies

While the New York Stock Exchange was whirling toward a record volume last week, an equally hectic scene of wheeling and dealing was going on at a Manhattan hotel. There, representatives from the 26 teams of the National Football League were bidding for blue-chip college players in an annual conflict known as the professional-football draft. Once a relatively simple affair, the draft has become an increasingly complex struggle involving months of research, computer readouts, secret deals and more triple reverses than are ever seen on the gridiron.

This year's battle for the bodies began...

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