January 4, 1960

After much courting of the Twin Cities by the NFL, the backers of the AFL franchise decided to abandon their effort and the new league released the group from its obligations. EW Boyer, one of the group’s investors, was apologetic, but explained that prospective coaches, such as Wayne Robinson and Phil Bengtson, cited the possibility of an NFL team in the same area as a reason not to join up. The franchise had signed three of its draftees: Cloyd Boyette, Sam McCord, and Bob Parker, but these players would be released from their contract as well. A scramble now ensued to determine the new location of the eighth league franchise. Atlanta and Miami were identified as the initial possibilities.

Oakland Tribune

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