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July 10, 1932: The Franchise is Born

July 10, 1932: The Franchise is Born

Wealthy D.C. businessman George Preston Marshall long aspired to own a pro sports team.  In the early 1930s, he led a syndicate that acquired the rights to a defunct NFL franchise from Newark, N.J., and he agreed with league officials to locate the team in Boston.  On July 10, 1932, NFL owners voted in Atlantic City, N.J., to make Boston an official franchise in a nascent league that consisted of eight teams.  The team was known in its first season, 1932, as the “Braves,” before Marshall changed the nickname to the “Redskins” in 1933.  The franchise played in Boston for five seasons, reaching the NFL championship game in 1936.  It moved to D.C. in 1937.