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Pro Basketball / Violence #249913

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 15, 1977
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(Studio) Report on violence in pro basketball and what, if anything, is to be done about situation.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) Incring. violence in pro basketball, supposedly noncontact sport, described. Films shown. [Houston Rockets player Calvin MURPHY - says way to remedy situation is to tell players they'll be banished from playing again ever if they fight.] Reaction of league spokesperson and some veteran players with regard to situation cited. Fight between Los Angeles Lakers player Kermit Washington and Houston Rockets Rudy Tomjanovich last wk. and penalties against Washington, as well as earlier incident involving Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Milwaukee Bucks player Kent Benson, noted. [Lakers coach Jerry WEST - says answer is to let basketball go back to game of finesse and not strength.] [NBA commissioner Larry O'BRIEN - says fans don't buy tickets to see fights, but to see basketball and this is what it must be kept to.]
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg

Cronkite, Walter;
Goldberg, Bernard

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