Marshall was one of the NFL’s most powerful owners. This was largely because he had a huge TV market. Basically there were no teams south of the Redskins and he reached out to all of the south. In fact the Redskins fight song used to contain the line “fight for old Dixie.” That line is now “fight for old DC.”
Murchison told that racist fool in Washington to pound sand and he kept looking for a team, but he knew Marshall was the obstacle. A team in Dallas was going to challenge Marshall’s territory. He was already pissed off when the NFL gave nearby Baltimore the Colts. Marshall knew a team in Dallas would compete with the Redskins for the loyalty of the south, and he was having none of it.
So Murchison bribed a US Senator who happened to be on the Congressional Anti Monopoly Council. He paid Estes Kefauver a whopping $25,000 to investigate the Redskins TV network that encompassed the south. Kefauver denies ever being paid such a bribe, but he found the Redskins TV network to be a monopoly and thus weakened Marshall.
Murchison further rubbed it in when he bought the rights to the Redskins fight song, “Hail to the Redskins.” Marshall was in the throes of a divorce from Hollywood queen Corinne Griffith who wrote the words. She and deposed Redskins bandleader Barnee Breeskin sold the rights to the song for $2500 to Murchison who gave them back to Marshall in exchange for his yes vote to admit the Dallas Cowboys into the NFL.
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