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#Radio100 Moment 77: First Professional Football Game on Radio (November 29, 1934)
November 29, 1934

Moment 77: First Professional Football Game on Radio

On Thanksgiving Day in 1934, radio started a new tradition that continues today – playing football on Thanksgiving. Radio executive George Richards, who owned the Lions, found that the sports pages of the local media were dedicated to baseball. So, he worked with NBC Radio to air the first broadcast of a professional football game between the Chicago Bears and Detriot Lions across the nation, commencing the new American tradition of football on Thanksgiving.

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