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ern and Western conferences being established and the start of a regular championship game being played every year. In the 1930s the Great Depression was a threat to the Spartans just as it was to every other pro football team of that era and a decision to move the team to Detroit was the answer to their economic survival. Detroit radio executive George Richards led the way to buy and move the Spartans to Detroit in 1934.
He then decided to rename the team the Lions as a tribute to the Detroit Tigers. He had big hopes for the team and was known to say that the Lion was the monarch of the jungle and he intended for the Detroit Lions to be the king of the NFL. Due to the influence of George Richards, the Lions played on Thanksgiving Day in their number one season in Detroit and that has been the tradition ever since. The Detroit Lions always play one of the Thanksgiving Day games. Their rival team may change from year to year but the one constant that Americans can count on is that Detroit will be playing on Turkey Day.