Director, football sales
Wilson Sporting Goods Co.
River Grove, Ill.
No. They're different types of football. The pro game is wide open, with the forward pass the potent play. The college game is equally interesting because of its spirit, tradition, color and the loyalty of students and alumni.
This is an article from the Oct. 27, 1958 issue
President Football Writers Assn. of America
No. Pro ball will add interest to the college game. This is being proved by the mounting attendance at all games, pro or college. Conversely, pro football would die without the colleges. In Los Angeles, our fans jam the stadiums for both.
GEORGE W. WILSON
No, because the two games are so different. A fan who likes the tradition and color of college football will never desert the game for the pro league. He goes to see the pros only because of the college stars on the teams.
CARL B. ANDERSON JR.
Vice-President, An-Son Petroleum
It shouldn't, but it will. The pros, with the best players from college football, play a better game. What a paradox, the pros capturing interest from college football while being totally dependent on it for players.
Former Cardinal quarterback
Only to the pro fan. There are probably any number of college fans who have never been exposed to pro football and probably never will. But if a man goes to see the pros often enough he becomes a pro fan.
President, College Sports Information Directors of America
East Lansing, Mich.
No. The Detroit Lions have sold over 40,000 season tickets. Yet the University of Michigan, 30 miles away, and Michigan State, 70 miles away, are doing near-capacity business. The decline of football in New York is due to other factors.
Former coach at Notre Dame, former commissioner of pro football
No. It is true that pro baseball took much of the interest from college baseball, but college baseball never was the attraction that football was and is. Crowds at college football games are larger than ever.
VICTOR F. OBECK
New York University
Yes. Because the caliber of pro football has improved so much in the last 20 years. However, this could prove a benefit to colleges. With the pressures of gate receipts off, the temptations of malpractice may disappear.