The Continental League. Branch Rickey is one of the country's best baseball men, and it has the necessary millions. The league will be of great benefit to the minors. Since it takes approximately 21 minor leagues to supply two major leagues, the Continental League will need 10 additional minor leagues.
Pacific Coast League
The American Football League, because pro football is in only 12 cities. Any number of stars are available right now and they won't cost nearly as much as good baseball players. The Continental League has to compete with the established major league teams for talent while football has no competition.
New York City
New York Touchdown Club
Knowing Branch Rickey and Bill Shea as I do, I'd say baseball does. It's called our national pastime because more people are interested in baseball and more kids play it in many leagues. In the limited schedule of pro football, three or four rainy weekends can be disastrous at the gate for a new league.
EDWARD S. DOHERTY JR.
The American Football League because there is no problem in getting good players with college backgrounds. I can't see that the Continental League has much chance. Where are they going to get the players? It's going to take a lot of money to battle it out for free agents while trying to establish interest.
April 18, 1960
U.S. Steel executive
There is room for both, but the Continental League has the better chance. True, I'm a football man, but I know there are more areas that are interested in getting big league baseball. Pro football will always have to contend with tremendous competition from college football and will never supplant it.
A. B. (HAPPY) CHANDLER
Former commissioner of baseball
Baseball will encounter great difficulties, but if Branch Rickey were 20 years younger his success would be a certainty. Football has the better chance because of its mature ex-college players and its commissioner, Joe Foss. I have great respect for Joe. He'll have no competition from Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL.