For a long time, most of us can recall, the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions have played matches on Thanksgiving Day, and there are surely reasons behind it. Lions have played every Thanksgiving from 1934, with the anomaly of 1939-1944, despite the fact they have not been a good team in most of those years. The Lions played their first season in 1934, in Detroit, and before that, they were the Portsmouth Spartans. They struggled their first year in Detroit, as most of the sports fans loved baseball’s Detroit Tigers and did not come front in droves to see the Lions. Hence, Lions owner George A. Richards got an idea of playing on Thanksgiving.
Richards also owned radio station WJR, which was one of the largest stations in the country at that time. Richards had a lot of rag in the broadcasting world and realized NBC to show the game nationwide. The NFL champion Chicago Bears came to town, and the Lions sold out the 26,000-seat University of Detroit field initially. Richards kept the practice going the next two years, and the NFL kept scheduling them on Thanksgiving when they restarted playing on that date after World War II ended up. Richards sold the team in 1940 and departed in 1951, but the practice that he started continues today when the Lions play.
In 1966, the Cowboys first played on Thanksgiving. They came into the league in 1960 and, as difficult as it is to believe now, struggled to drag fans because they were pretty bad those first few years. General manager Tex Schramm materially asked the NFL to schedule them for a Thanksgiving game in 1966, thinking it might get them a popularity help in Dallas and also nationwide since the game would be televised. A Dallas-record 80,259 tickets were sold as the Cowboys washed up the Cleveland Browns, 26-14. Some Cowboys fans point to that match as the starting of Dallas becoming American’s team.