January 27, 1960

Developments in the Oakland ownership derby became more muddled. Back in the Bay Area, a new group emerged. This one was led by George McKeon, son of a local construction firm owner, and Kezar Stadium concessionaire Bernard Hagen. McKeon and Hagen had sent a telegram to the league asking for consideration of their bid for a team representing San Francisco. Lamar Hunt said they would be given a few minutes to informally outline their proposal and if it seemed worth consideration, the league would allow them to make their case in detail before the entire group.

Meanwhile, the AFL continued to weigh the options that were already on the table. Observers thought Oakland now had the inside track and that the San Francisco bid seemed unlikely to get much support. These sources pointed out that the AFL had already invaded two NFL cities, New York and Los Angeles, and even a third, if Dallas counted. But the league was still clearly undecided. Bud Adams of Houston and Ralph Wilson of Buffalo were said to favor Atlanta, while Hunt in Dallas and Barron Hilton in Los Angeles were Oakland backers. Aiding the Oakland position was confirmation by the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Commission that Kezar Stadium and Candlestick Park would be available as long as a team’s needs didn’t conflict with those of the Giants and 49ers. Hunt thought it might take another week to make a final decision.

Hayward Daily Review
Oakland Tribune
United Press International

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