A in-season walk out occured, the very first in National Football League history. The glaciated talks had become so fruitless that independent negotiator Sam Kagel stopped them for a week. The obstinate rivals were allowed to stew in their juices - to ponder mounting financial losses, growing fan alienation and apathy, and increasing complications in salvaging the 1982 season.
The cold war experienced an immediate thaw once the talks resumed in New York over the weekend. Acting as the icebreaker was the owners' proposal of a $1.28 billion, four-year package, which would guarantee a minimum wage on a player's salary each year and provide for annual raises.
Wayne Gretzky broke the record of most goals by a single player in a season whan he scored his 77th goal, serpassing the 1970 high of 71 goals.
World SeriesSt. Louis Cardinals d. Milwaukee Brewers (4-3)
NBA ChampionshipLA Lakers d. Philadelphia 76ers (4-2)
Stanley CupNY Islanders d. Vancouver (4-0)
WimbledonWomen: Martina Navratilova d. C. Evert Lloyd (6-1 3-6 6-2)Men: Jimmy Connors d. J. McEnroe (3-6 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4)
Kentucky Derby ChampionGato Del Sol
NCAA Basketball ChampionshipNorth Carolina d. Georgetown (63-62)
NCAA Football ChampionsPenn St. (11-1-0)
World CupItaly d. W. Germany (3-1)