1964: William Clay Ford Buys Detroit Lions Franchise

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January 10, 2021 all-day
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William Clay Ford took control of the Detroit Lions on January 10, 1964.

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Ford, one of Henry Ford’s grandchildren, paid $4.5 million for the football team on what turned out to be the same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Though Detroit had been home to three previous football teams — the Heralds, the Panthers and the Wolverines — the Lions didn’t arrive on the scene until 1934, when a group of investors, headed by a radio bigwig, bought the Portsmouth, Ohio, team for $7,952.08 and relocated it to the Motor City.

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Today, the Lions are worth $900 million, according to Forbes.

Sources :

Historical Society of Michigan

Zlati Meyer, “This week in Michigan history: William Clay Ford takes over the Lions”, Detroit Free Press, January 5, 2014.

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