Sport: End of the Gold Rush

The World Football League never had a chance. Launched two years ago, the league immediately ran into problems. Teams padded attendance figures, franchises flitted from town to town, network TV contracts never materialized, and deficits zoomed to $20 million by the end of the first season. This year, following a reorganization, the "new" W.F.L. did little better. By the time it died last week, few fans cared. Meanwhile, 380 players were jobless. Among them are a handful of celebrated N.F.L. expatriates, including Running Backs Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick and Wide Receiver Paul Warfield from the Miami Dolphins. When, if ever,...

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