1934 : Detroit Lions Purchased for $8,000

June 30, 2024 all-day

On June 30, 1934, the National Football League’s Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans were purchased by George A. Richards (owner of Detroit’s powerful WJR) and moved to Detroit with a new name — the Lions. The purchase price? Less than $8,000.

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Playing in the University of Detroit Stadium before crowds that averaged 16,000, the new Detroit Lions won the NFL Championship in only their second year (1935). Under the leadership of Coach ‘Potsy’ Clark and stars like Hall of Famer ‘Dutch’ Clark, Ernie Caddel, George Christensen, ‘Ace’ Gutowsky, Glenn Presnell and ‘Ox’ Emerson, the early Lions established pro football in Detroit.

Source : 2010 Detroit Lions History Book

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