NBC Evening News for Sunday, Feb 25, 1979
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(Studio) Intro. to sports.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Studio) Reports with regard to college and pro basketball and Los Angeles Open Golf Tournament, won by Lanny Wadkins. Performance by IN State University player Larry Bird in game with Wichita State University described. Film shown, courtesy NBC Sports. [IN State coach Bill HODGES - will try to coach team in NCAA championships if they take him there.] Problems haunting NBA with apparent waning of fan interest in pro basketball examined. Films shown. Ex. given in Madison Square Garden and New York Knicks, where spectators used to incl. Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman and Woody Allen. [Player Earl MONROE - comments on number of superstars in game taking away from concept of total teamwork that crowds want to see.] [Player Phil JACKSON - comments on lack of teamwork in game.] Other problems listed. [Cleveland coach Bill FITCH - comments on effects of travel schedule.] [NBA Players Association spokesperson Larry FLEISCHER - isn't worried now, but is for couple of years from now.] Film of golf tournament shown, courtesy CBS Sports.
REPORTER: Dick Schaap
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