Archive for Friday, November 7, 2008

Money move

Money is the primary motivation for efforts to extend the deal to play Kansas-Missouri football games in Kansas City.

November 7, 2008


Kansas University officials finally have fessed up that they are studying or negotiating a renewed deal to play the annual Kansas-Missouri football game in Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

The original plan called for two games to be played in the Kansas City venue; one Kansas University "home" game would be taken off Mount Oread, and one Missouri University "home" game would be moved to Kansas City.

This fall's game in Arrowhead is officially the MU "home" game and concludes the two-year deal.

Last year's game generated mixed reviews, most of them negative. Many of those who went to the game said "never again." As would be expected, Lawrence merchants didn't like losing the potential for thousands of shoppers in town for the game and the city suffered an accompanying loss of sales tax revenue. Those who attended the Arrowhead game complained about the seat locations, and there were many other negatives.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said he didn't favor continuing the Arrowhead site for the traditional game but acknowledged he really didn't have much of a voice in the matter, saying his athletic director and school president would call the shots.

KU coach Mark Mangino didn't say whether he liked or disliked the Arrowhead location, knowing full well his boss, KU Athletic Director Lew Perkins, and KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway favored the move to Kansas City.

In fact, tradition, keeping a college game on a college campus, making it easier for Kansans to get to the game and many other sound advantages to keeping the game in Lawrence were trumped by the focus of Hemenway and Perkins on the dollar. Money calls the shots in a growing number of KU decisions, and loyalty to long-time fans doesn't mean much these days at the university.

Over the years, it has been KU officials who have joined hands with Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas City Chiefs officials, and others, to get the KU-MU game to Arrowhead. MU officials have said they would give serious consideration to playing the game in Kansas City IF it was the KU home game. They did not favor moving the MU home game out of Columbia.

It's clear KU officials are interested in where they can make the most money. They claim they want to give KU alumni living in greater Kansas City a chance to see the Jayhawks in action.

This is a weak excuse when the real reason is that Hemenway and Perkins want to impress major K.C. interests and business leaders and make a few more dollars. Apparently, there is little concern about being bought by Kansas City interests.


dpletendre 9 years, 4 months ago

I agree with you because Kansas is just wanting to make more money. It s not fair that Kansas took away Missouri's home game between Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri. They are taking money away from Missouri just tso they can make more money. Also, it would make it easier to get to the game in Kansas instead of in Missouri.

3crookedhearts 9 years, 4 months ago

At least if the game is played there there will be some good football at Arrowhead. If things keep going this way, the Kansas City Chiefs will be the Oklahoma City Chiefs or the L.A. Chiefs.

oldvet 9 years, 4 months ago

And if they move the next game to Arrowhead my tickets will again be listed on ebay for the highest bidder...

Steve Jacob 9 years, 4 months ago

You have to pay so much money to keep talent like Mangino and Pinkel and coaches, and you can only squeeze so much money out of Lawrence and Columbia.

skinny 9 years, 4 months ago

I am tired of all the crying and whining. Arrowhead is easier to get to and their isn't a parking problem like here in Lawrence.I say let them play in KC!

Bob Forer 9 years, 4 months ago

So its all about money??? Who would have thunk it?

flyin_squirrel 9 years, 4 months ago

3-9 record? I think we would have been 12-0 if the game last year wasn't moved to Arrowhead!

LiberalDude 9 years, 4 months ago

I'm glad they are making money by playing the game at Arrowhead.... it means that Kansas football will have the resources to continue to win!Do you people who want the game in Lawrence want to watch KU football teams with 3-9 records? I don't.

mssking1 9 years, 4 months ago

So Lew and Bobby, just _ _ on the fans that support the school and team year round so you can make a few more dollars to put in your pockets!!

flyin_squirrel 9 years, 4 months ago

Nothing like our Public University, supported with our tax dollars, taking the game out of Kansas and giving all the tax receipts to the State of Missouri (and in effect MU).I think next time Hemmingway goes to the state asking for more money, they should tell him to quit sending our money to Missouri.

SMe 9 years, 4 months ago

Now I'm not a big fan of MU but at least they are showing some school spirit and hopefully they'll have the intelligence (and plain ol' MU hates KU tradition to tell the $$$ grubbing KU leaders and the Chiefs clowns (lose two games you were ahead in then horseplay, jokes and fun in the locker room!? You've got to be kidding me!) to "go away."

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