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Segment 3 (Football Violence) #495602

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 30, 1977
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(Studio) Some want football violence stopped.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Pro football described as films shown. Deliberate violence noted. [Los Angeles Rams Joe NAMATH - is not in sympathy with violence.] September 12, 1976, game between Oakland and Pittsburgh has focused attention on football violence. George Atkinson hit Pittsburgh's Lynn Swann, causing concussion. Pittsburgh Coach Chuck Noll chgd. Atkinson part of criminal element in National Football League; demanded Atkinson be ousted. Atkinson sued Noll for $2 million. Jury ruled no slander had occurred. NFL (National Football League) Commissioner Pete Rozelle warns teams that he deplores unnecessary violence; threatens stiff penalties. [ROZELLE - says discipline is necessary.] New measures not clear. [Former Pro Player Al DeROGATIS - urges reforms.] Permanent injuries noted. [New England Patriots Sam HUNT - belittles criticism of violence.] [New England Patriots Russ FRANCIS - is philosophical about violence.] [Saint Louis Cardinals Conrad DOBLER - doesn't take it too seriously.] [Violence Researcher William PAUL - believes football violence is bad for youth.] [Sports Medicine Clinic Dr. Lyle MICHELL - says television football affects way youth play the game.] [DeROGATIS - predicts someone will get killed in a pro game.] Pro football is game of intense violence.
REPORTER: Lee McCarthy Artist not named

McCarthy, Lee;
Chancellor, John

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