PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug. 10, (CANA):
The first step towards the formation of a proposed Caribbean Professional Soccer League has been taken here with the launching of "Professional Sports" Production (PSP) with Mrs. Eudane Gordon, an insurance consultant, as the first director.
It is a locally-registered firm established to introduce professionalism to sport and professional sport to Trinidad and Tobago as part of the country's overall development process, the organisers told a Press Conference yesterday.
They listed seven advantages to be attained through it: a solution to unemployment and its
attendant ills; creating of new career opportunities; improvement in the various sports in standards of performance; encouragement of local sporting skills to remain at home; making better facilities available (to pros and amateurs); a significant contribution to the economic
growth of the country; Greater spectator satisfaction.
The PSP starts its programme with soccer, but Mrs. Gordon said there will be expansion to include all those sports which are viable, economically and socially.
The first-ever pro soccer team will take the field at Queen's Park Oval this weekend, for the opening of a series of warm-up Games for public display.
Other matches are listed for August 18, 20, and 27. The teams have already been signed up on salary from August 1 and are in training. Also secured are a manager, coach and team medic, it was stated.
The first season is to run for seven months, starting this month and ending February. The PSP plans to stage a number of International events locally.
The professionals season guarantees one engagement per month with three matches - September to December, and overseas tours from January to March, 1978.
The first big international encounter will take place at the Queens Park Oval September 1, between a Caribbean eleven and the New York Cosmos, which will field such stars as PELE and Franz Beckenbauer.