Murchison also allegedly bribed a US Senator, Estes Kefauver, to investigate whether the Redskins held an unfair television monopoly with their Redskins TV Network that blanketed the south. Kefauver, head the antitrust and monopoly subcommittee of Congress, ruled that the Redskins did indeed have a monopoly.
The NFL wanted Murchison to launch his team in 1961 alongside the incoming Minnesota Vikings, who backed out of joining the AFL to join the NFL instead. Murchison felt that Lamar Hunt having a year head start in Dallas to build fan loyalty would handicap his team too much, and he insisted on starting in 1960 even though the NFL draft had already been held, and to this day the Dallas Cowboys are the only expansion team to ever join the NFL without the benefit of a Draft to build a foundation for their team in their inaugural year.
Since Hunt had chosen the name Texans for his team, Murchison decided to use the colors of the original Texans, navy blue and white. So in 1960, these two franchises shared the Cotton Bowl as their home field. The Texans, playing a 14 game schedule got started on September 12th of that year, but the Cowboys got to play a home game first. They opened their season on September 24th. The very next day the Texans played their first game at home in the Cotton Bowl.
Many factors likely led to the Cowboys becoming far more popular than the Texans in Dallas. Maybe that one day head start mattered. The attendance for the Cowboys game, though sparse was almost 3 times the attendance the Texans received. Perhaps more people might have attended if the Texans game was first and the Cowboys might have had the sparser crowds. Undoubtedly though the biggest factor was that the NFL was established and recognized, and the AFL was fledgling. The Cowboys hosted legendary teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams, and San Fracnisco 49ers. The Texans hosted teams that before then no one had ever heard of because they didn’t previously exist.
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