Chiefs news for 3 July 2020
According to a new report from Sports Business Journal’s Terry Lefton, the Chiefs are closing in on a deal with a current team sponsor, Government Employees Health Association (GEHA), for the naming rights of the field at Arrowhead Stadium. GEHA, the team and QB Patrick Mahomes announced a multi-year partnership back in July of 2019.
Why has the Chiefs organization decided to, after many years without a named field, alter their course? I think you could point no further than potential lost revenues in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This would act as another way for the team to keep earnings up during a very challenging time. Keep in mind the team also has a record-setting long-term deal with Mahomes coming in the near future.
Early on Thursday, the Kansas City Chiefs were reportedly closing in on a deal to sell the naming rights to the playing field at Arrowhead Stadium after more than a decade on the market, according to Terry Lefton, a reporter for the Sports Business Journal. By day’s end, the Chiefs had released a statement denying any such deal.
Arrowhead Stadium is going to remain Arrowhead Stadium, at least for another year.
Statement from the Kansas City Chiefs | Chiefs.com
“We have enjoyed a great relationship with GEHA, its leadership and its entire team for the past year and are very excited about where this partnership is headed. As we said when we first announced this relationship, there are important shared values between the two organizations and we are aligned on thoughts, goals and a vision of what a joint partnership will mean for the community. We’ve talked openly about the desire to find the correct field naming rights partner for Arrowhead Stadium for a number of years, and while field naming rights have always been an option to explore with GEHA as part of the strategic growth and expansion of this relationship, there has never been, nor will there be, a field naming rights deal in place for the 2020 season. We feel that this message was clearly communicated, but unfortunately a misleading and factually incorrect headline has been written. Amidst all that is currently happening in our communities, neither the Chiefs nor GEHA are focused on a potential field naming rights deal at this time. Our partnership with GEHA remains very strong, it exceeded our expectations in the first year, and we look forward to an exciting future together.”
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, running back: Look for the rookie to share playing time with Damien Williams. CEH will thrive as a runner and as part of the Chiefs’ passing game because he’s more of a threat than Williams after the catch. Last season, defenses focused on getting Patrick Mahomes to check down and pass the ball to Williams, who wasn’t feared as a pass catcher. That strategy won’t work with Edwards-Helaire in the backfield. He’s a threat from anywhere on the field.
If you plan on going to a Kansas City Chiefs game this season you might be asked to sign a COVID-19 liability waiver. According to a new report from The Athletic’s Daniel Kaplan, the NFL is considering requiring fans who attend games to sign electronic liability waivers to shield teams from potential litigation. These types of waivers will become common practice as event-based businesses look to reopen amidst the pandemic.
For the Chiefs, Saunders was an ideal grab for the future—the only question being just how far away that future would be. For his first year, Saunders enjoyed a nice combination of playing time and developmental reps. Given Chris Jones injury last season, Saunders found himself receiving 300 defensive snaps for the Chiefs last season, but upon Jones’ return, he largely sat behind more experienced (read: polished) options down the stretch.
[Reid No.5, No.3 and No.2] The NFL might want to make sure there’s two scoreboard operators working this game, because if there’s only one guy, he might not be able to keep up with all the points that will likely be scored in this December showdown, which will be televised on CBS. Reid and Payton are arguably the two best offensive coaches in the NFL right now, and unfortunately for us, it’s not often that we get to see them coach against each other. Over the past decade, Reid and Payton have only met ONCE, and that meeting came in 2016 when the Chiefs beat the Saints 27-21. That was before Reid had Patrick Mahomes though, so you should probably expect a few more points this time around (Reid and Payton would have coached against each other in 2012, but Payton was suspended for the entire season due to bountygate). This coaching matchup is also intriguing, because it could end up being a Super Bowl preview.