NEW Short Startup Story: @dallascowboys 🏈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Follow me here and on YouTube for #shortstartupstories
every Wednesday and Sunday! In the late 1950s, American sportsman and promoter Lamar Hunt was trying to acquire an NFL team for the city of Dallas. So, he and a group of other sports advocates just decided to start their own league. They started The American Football League, and franchised Dallas' first team called "The Texans". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The AFL just never took off, and people in Dallas wanted a real NFL team. But the formation of an NFL expansion team in Texas was always met with strong opposition by Washington Redskin's owner, George Preston Marshall. Marshall had a monopoly since his team was the only team in the NFL to represent the American South. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Clint Murchison jr. and Bedford then bought the rights to the Washington Redskins fight song and refused to let Marshall play it at their home games. The song was a staple in the Redskins identity, so Marshall quickly changed his mind and in 1960 Dallas was awarded its first NFL team. This helped trigger the heated rivalry between the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys as we know it today. And originally the Dallas team was named the Dallas Steers, then the Rangers, and finally the Dallas Cowboys. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The first game was against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl. The rest of the season resulted in all losses and one tie. But they gradually improved, and in 1966 the Dallas Cowboys had their first winning season! Also in this year, the AFL and the NFL merged, and the Dallas Texans became the Kansas City Chiefs. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Then, Dallas became a powerhouse. They go on to win two Super Bowls in the 70s and three in the 90s. Today, the Cowboys are known as "America's Team", and is the number one most valuable sports franchise in the world at 4.2 billion dollars. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that's how The Dallas Cowboys started! Thanks for watching my video. If you enjoyed it, please subscribe to me on YouTube and follow me on Instagram @austindanielpatry!