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Chiefs news for 3 July 2020

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Report: Chiefs could sell naming rights to field at Arrowhead Stadium | ChiefsWire

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.

KC Chiefs deny naming deal in place for field at Arrowhead Stadium | AA

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.

Chiefs say there will be no naming rights deal this season | PFT

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.”

AFC West inside intel: Vital rookies, key position battles, juicy subplots | NFL.com

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.

Would you sign a COVID-19 liability waiver to attend a Chiefs game in 2020? | ChiefsWire

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.

Khalen Saunders could be much more important for Chiefs in 2020 | AA

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.

2020 NFL schedule: Ranking the 10 best coaching matchups of the season and Bill Belichick dominates the list | CBSSports

[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. 

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Team Player
Team Player
07/03/2020 1:50 pm

Just read the presser re: the name change today from the team soon-to-be-formerly-known-as-the-Redkins

Am I going crazy or did Ron Rivera actually admit he wanted both sides to win at Little Big Horn?

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
Reply to  Team Player
07/03/2020 3:10 pm

Went there on vacation when I was a kid.
Not much to see , a big ass prairie . A few makers you could see..an old Indian man pointed at the beware of rattle snake sign and said,, rattle snakes killed more Indians than the white man…

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  rip58lovealways
07/03/2020 7:14 pm

Much like most battlefields. Friends come out to visit, want to go see the Civil War battlefields. I always warn them, it is a FIELD. They are always surprised. I don’t know why.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
07/03/2020 1:41 pm

4th of July reminded me of the the Chiefs game when they said they ran out of fireworks… what a game, what a year

Leaf
07/03/2020 1:13 pm

I’m curious, if Washington does change their name, how long does it take? It’s not as simple as writing something on a legal document. The jerseys need to be changed, the facilities and field changed, merchandise changed. That’s a lot of shot to get done before the start of the season during the best of times. Add in the COVID world we currently live in and things take so much longer.

upamtn
Reply to  Leaf
07/03/2020 1:15 pm

wanna bet they can get it done in one helluva hurry? with a WHOLE lotta money on the line, betcha they can grease the wheels of the merchandise machinery pretty damn quickly

chiefshabs
chiefshabs
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 2:12 pm

Snyder had no interest in doing the right thing until FedEx and Pepsico and Nike said something. The logo can be changed, the field changed, and jerseys made within a week. Record merchandise sales for the franchise.

upamtn
Reply to  chiefshabs
07/03/2020 2:51 pm
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Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  chiefshabs
07/03/2020 3:05 pm

That is because it is not the right thing.

Leaf
Reply to  chiefshabs
07/03/2020 3:16 pm

Sure it can be changed. My point is that it would be challenging in the best of times to get all that done in just 6 weeks. Now we have supply and labor constraints across the board. Can it be done? Sure, but I think it will be interesting to see if they do get it done and how effective they are at doing so.

Leaf
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 3:11 pm

For some things sure. But equipment? I’m not convinced they’ll have everything done by the start of the season. It’s only a month and a half away. It still might take a week or two to agree to a new name.

upamtn
Reply to  Leaf
07/03/2020 6:49 pm

I like one that’s already been floated: The Redtails … a not to the Tuskegee Airmen

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/03/us/washington-redskins-team-name-nfl-spt-trnd/index.html

The Washington Redtails has gained some steam on social media, and a designer named Pete Rogers even mocked up some designs of a reimagined team logo and uniform.

The name ‘Redtails’ celebrates the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military aviators in the US armed forces,” Rogers wrote. “The nickname ‘Redtails’ comes from their planes, which had a distinct crimson tail.”

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Leaf
07/03/2020 2:08 pm

I’d imagine it would be a pain in the ass and old Redskins stuff would never be far out of sight. However, with all the new merch to sell they might have themselves a little boom in sales.

Leaf
Reply to  MasterChief
07/03/2020 3:17 pm

Just do a name change this season and a complete redesign next and you can double down on the boom.

upamtn
07/03/2020 1:03 pm

AN OPEN LETTER TO CLARK HUNT (WITH AN ALL-CAPS HEADER ON TOP)

To: Clark Hunt
From: Wolf
In Re: Arrowhead Stadium Naming Rights

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO relieved that the naming rights thing fell through … please, Clark, I implore thee, verily! I beseech thee, do NOT besmirch Arrowhead Stadium with a corporate name & logo
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your father, when he first helped start the American Football League, was actually LOSING a cool million a year … surely, Clark, you can afford to “not make” a few to several million for once … and after all, that few million dollars here and there is not much to you in the long run, but it’s survival money for a whole lot of others who now have no income: all the people who relied on the NFL for money (or at least additional income, the peripheral workers) – not counting the players – have much more to lose than “just” money … for some it’s survival
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so yeah, please forgive me if I’m somewhat skeptical of the “need” for the Kansas City Chiefs to feel that it’s necessary to “sell out” because the “bottom line” of the organization

it wasn’t the right thing to do for The Who, and it’s not the right thing to do for the Kansas City Chiefs Football Club

probablyamistake
probablyamistake
07/03/2020 11:55 am

It’s seems obvious that “redskins” is racist. If some want to pretend it isn’t, that’s there business. If it offends our Native American community it should be change. Period. Not really interested in some pasty white asses’s opinion on the matter.

Leaf
Reply to  probablyamistake
07/03/2020 12:01 pm

I’ve had issue with Washington’s name for a very long time. There is an argument to be made about the appropriateness of using aspects of another culture (not making a claim one way or the other, just pointing out that it’s at least a valid debate topic), but Washington’s name is flat out demeaning. Is actually sad it’s lasted this long.

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Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 11:16 am

I have another idea, how about we use stereotypes that will not offend the named group. Washington Irish? Washington Conquistadors? Washington Whities? Washington Men?

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 1:44 pm

Washington Snowflakes would be perfect.

I say that in jest, because I do believe their name should be changed. The problem is social justice warriors won’t stop there. They will come after Chiefs, Braves, Seminoles and the like next.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  Severely Concussed
07/03/2020 3:10 pm

That’s what worries me. Polls of tribes in Montana, where a significant number of natives actually live, have shown the majority has no problem with the Redskins name.

upamtn
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 7:34 pm

,,, but a whole lot of others DO have a MAJOR problem with the name “redskins”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2020/07/03/tribal-leaders-politicians-redskins-review-name-is-step-toward-nfl-being-right-side-history/

Chuck Hoskin Jr., chief of the Cherokee Nation, called the name review “a start.” In a telephone interview, he described a long fight with not only the Washington franchise but the many high schools that have similar team names and mascots. The fact that an NFL franchise is considering a change that just days ago appeared impossible seemed to inspire him.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 8:10 pm

Are you by chance citing the same discredited poll the team used a few years ago to justify refusing to change?

upamtn
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/03/2020 9:43 pm

*gasp*

would anyone do something like THAT?!?

funny, I was wondering to myself earlier: what poll, who took it, who paid for it and what were the “questions” the pollsters asked (phrasing is evverything)

Leaf
Reply to  Severely Concussed
07/03/2020 3:19 pm

True, but they have a much weaker ground to stand on against them than they do against Washington

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 1:47 pm

How about the Washington Maroons.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  MasterChief
07/03/2020 1:51 pm

Bugs Bunny approves

d-block
d-block
07/03/2020 8:13 am

Looks like they’re coming for the Redskins again. It’s only a matter of time before they focus on Kansas City, unfortunately.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  d-block
07/03/2020 8:57 am

You say (and I agree) as I am about to head to Bartle Reservation. Facts will not stop a mob.

zulu trader
zulu trader
Reply to  Team Player
07/03/2020 10:02 am

I think it’s the red skin part chiefs is colorless

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  zulu trader
07/03/2020 11:09 am

I would agree but the sad fact is it won’t stop until everyone pretends that person is the only allowed ubiquitous term. Anything used to differentiate will be unsaid. Discussion of pachyderms is illegal even if they are taking all the space in the room.

Leaf
Reply to  zulu trader
07/03/2020 11:54 am

The skin color part makes Washington more offensive, but people will still take issue with the Chiefs cultural appropriation.

Mahomesisgreat
Mahomesisgreat
Reply to  d-block
07/03/2020 10:29 am

How about the Washington Reds? Works on a lot of levels. The Kansas City Tribal Leaders? Native Leaders?

Leaf
Reply to  Mahomesisgreat
07/03/2020 12:05 pm

In order for the Reds to work, they would have to lose all Native American imagery. But even then, because of their current name, I’m not sure Reds is far enough removed. People would just argue that the racism is subtle but still there. The best move would be to distance themselves from this mess.

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  Leaf
07/03/2020 8:12 pm

Plus, Reds would require new team colors. The Reds wearing maroon won’t work.

wvchiefsfan
wvchiefsfan
Reply to  d-block
07/03/2020 11:32 am

Not sure why KC would be next. “Chief” is a pretty generic term for leader. It shows up as part of lots of job titles and usually for higher up type positions. Is all that shit racist?

Leaf
Reply to  wvchiefsfan
07/03/2020 11:57 am

It’s less about how offensive the term “chief” is, and more to do with the fact some find cultures using anything from another culture inappropriate.

chiefshabs
chiefshabs
Reply to  Leaf
07/03/2020 2:27 pm

Chiefs itself is fine for (nearly) everyone. What many people find offensive is the Tomahawk Chop, the non-indigenous people wearing headdresses, the ceremonial drum use etc.

pompano
pompano
Reply to  chiefshabs
07/03/2020 2:59 pm

The whole cultural appropriation rabbit hole is sometimes confusing and at times contradictory.
What’s “off limits”?
What’s “ok if done with respect”?
Who is the arbiter when there is no consensus?
Time will tell.

chiefshabs
chiefshabs
Reply to  pompano
07/03/2020 3:26 pm

True, some things are obvious, others less so. When it depends upon the intentions of those committing the act it’s doubly difficult to gauge. If I was the Chiefs, I’d keep getting buy-in from local area Native Americans.

Leaf
Reply to  pompano
07/03/2020 3:35 pm

It is, but that’s the argument SJWs want to use regardless of its irony. The US is a blend of many cultures. Being a mixing pot IS our identity.

Leaf
Reply to  chiefshabs
07/03/2020 3:25 pm

Yep.

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  wvchiefsfan
07/03/2020 1:42 pm

Honcho stadium? Bruce Springsteen in the helmet? Electric drum kits on the deck?

I absolutely agree that Redskins is offensive and DC is the worst place for it.

But politics and mob rule. Remember when the NCAA decided Fighting Irish wasn’t offensive but Fighting Sioux was?

NovaChiefs
NovaChiefs
Reply to  wvchiefsfan
07/03/2020 8:20 pm

Everyone leans on this idea and the whole “Named after the mayor” bit. Problem is (for us, because I’d hate to see them change the name) that pesky Arrowhead. It’s the last remaining tie to the past usage. Warpaint is gone, replaced by a generic wolf, headdresses are rarely seen, the old logo of the guy in the loincloth running across the states long gone. I have a coat with that logo and, while I like the logo because it reminds me of when I started following the Chiefs, I feel uncomfortable wearing it anymore.
If you think you can argue that the Chiefs are really about the mayor, or general people in charge, you need to explain the arrowhead. I really think we are better off owning it all. It’s an issue, but I don’t think a problem because the way the team has gotten out in front of things over the years to show that no disrespect is meant.

upamtn
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/03/2020 9:46 pm

yeah, I’d be uncomfortable wearing a loin cloth myself …

 I feel uncomfortable wearing it

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Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 10:10 pm

I find it liberating

DenverDonkeyHater
DenverDonkeyHater
Reply to  NovaChiefs
07/04/2020 12:19 am

Its only matter of time, but I think the answer is to keep the name and ditch the arrowhead. The logo is just KC. Sell the damn naming rights to the stadium.

rip58lovealways
rip58lovealways
07/03/2020 8:07 am

Happy red Friday bitches!!!

vvet818
Reply to  rip58lovealways
07/03/2020 8:32 am

4th of July red Friday….
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upamtn
Reply to  vvet818
07/03/2020 1:12 pm

so it’s Red, White and Blue Friday? (and why is that not “desecrating the flag”)

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 1:44 pm

She takes it off to perform necessary bodily functions.

upamtn
Reply to  Team Player
07/03/2020 2:54 pm

oh, ok … well that’s a good thing

MasterChief
MasterChief
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 2:12 pm

I always thought it was strange to revere the flag so much and then lay on it in towel form at the beach or sit on it in shorts form with your ass. But, those aren’t the flag. I guess I just consider them to be flag-like, and not the real deal, so it doesn’t count.

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vvet818
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 4:18 pm

so, you equate this with burning the flag (desecration)? Consider it freedom of speech and call it even.

upamtn
Reply to  vvet818
07/03/2020 6:57 pm

I never said or even implied burning the flag … sheeeeeeeesh

so, the question is what counts as “desecration” … using it as a towel? as a hat? as clothing? as toilet paper?

where’s “the red line” that is never to be crossed (and why THAT line above any and all others?) … is it ok to use the image in a blatant “look how All American We Are” advertisement?

bottom line: the flag is a SYMBOL … it’s not America, it’s a symbol, a picture that makes one THINK of America … it’s not to be revered as some “omg” thing

freedom of speech? I’m all for it … thing is, some people want things both ways, they want “free speech” except when it’s something they disagree with (and then “them there’s fightin’ words, pardner!”)

Severely Concussed
Severely Concussed
Reply to  vvet818
07/03/2020 1:47 pm

That would make every man rise for the anthem.

upamtn
Reply to  Severely Concussed
07/03/2020 2:55 pm

ISWYDT

Warpath
Warpath
07/03/2020 7:45 am

“WORLD CHAMPIONS”

upamtn
Reply to  Warpath
07/03/2020 2:56 pm

not that anyone would WANT it to happen, but if the 2020 season is wiped out due to the Pandemic, we’ll be able to keep saying that for at least ONE more year …

just sayin’

Team Player
Team Player
Reply to  upamtn
07/03/2020 3:42 pm

Rather just win the Superb Owl again

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