“Several attempts to promote the sport on a professional fashion were made in Canada,” said Tepper, “but they never succeeded. Still, lacrosse ranks behind hockey up there.”
Here, lacrosse will be in the midst of baseball and the newly-formed World Football League’s seasons, besides the training season of the National Football League. Still Tepper believes it will prevail.
“We’re going to get top notch players who’ll provide top notch competition. Every legit lacrosse player is supposed to be registered for the draft. We’ll have the one in Canada for Canadians, then one for Americans,” Tepper said. Besides calls for tickets, there’ve been a barrel of messages from prospective players. A local tryout will even take place.
“We’re going to buy a package of radio and television spots,” said Tepper. “We’ll use direct mail and newspaper ads, all similar to what the Flyers used back in 1967.”
Sig Ettinger of Bag and Baggage said he brought 48 season tickets and added that he foresees great possibilities.
“I’ve sold two pairs already,” Sig said, “and I’ve talked to people at Flyers’ games, who say they’ll buy season tickets. It looks like we’ve got another sport.”
Seemingly, some get bored with the influx of never-ending sports organizations. But people are always looking for something different to do. another sport to learn, another team to follow.
And the $3-5 price range is not a bad price — even if lacrosse brings Philadelphia another loser. Tepper, however, promises good times and a lot of action.