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Published March 21, 1995
Lions VP Bill Ford, Jr. made a strong effort to save the Lions Thanksgiving Day game after Chiefs Owner Lamar Hunt floated a proposal at the winter meetings to rotate the high-profile contest, according to Vartan Kupelain & Mike O'Hara of the DETROIT NEWS. It was Ford's first appearance at the NFL meetings and he "didn't fumble the ball with a strong presentation on the holiday game begun by the Lions in 1934." If Hunt's move was based on jealousy of the Cowboys, who also host a Thanksgiving game, "then look for the Lions to cut any ties with Dallas and go their own way." With the franchise, Ford "believes in marketing and promotional programs designed to enhance the team's image and popularity" in Detroit, and he will try to make the Thanksgiving game a "bigger attraction than it already is" (Kupelian & O'Hara, DETROIT NEWS, 3/19).