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Extension of Arrowhead deal ‘close’

Fans cheer during Kansas University's game against Missouri on Nov. 24, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas and Missouri certainly did their part to close the gap in the Big 12, as the Jayhawks and Tigers played in the most high-profile conference football game of 2007.

Fans cheer during Kansas University's game against Missouri on Nov. 24, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas and Missouri certainly did their part to close the gap in the Big 12, as the Jayhawks and Tigers played in the most high-profile conference football game of 2007.

November 26, 2008

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Mangino unsure if KU will return to Arrowhead next year

KU head football coach Mark Mangino says the team will have to wait and see how Saturday's Border War turns out to determine if he wants the Jayhawks to play Mizzou at Arrowhead Stadium next season. Enlarge video

An extension of the two-year deal to play the Kansas-Missouri football game at the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium is close, Kansas officials said Tuesday night.

"We're talking either two years of four years," associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said. "Four years is a possibility.

"I wouldn't say it's going to happen this weekend, but I wouldn't rule it out."

The current agreement between the Chiefs, the Jayhawks and the Tigers pays the two universities at least $1 million per year for the game. Additional profits, less expenses for the Chiefs, are then split between the three parties.

There was no word Tuesday night on what a new deal would look like. The current deal drew a mix of praise and criticism — the latter mostly from the Lawrence business community, which objected to losing one of their biggest games of the year to Kansas City, Mo.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 4 months ago

kmat (Anonymous) says…It isn't fair to either town to lose the revenue that these games bring to the local businesses.*****Guess what? KU football and KU athletics in general do NOT exist for the benefit of Lawrence city merchants. There is no other way a single football game can generate $1 million in revenue to be used for scholarships, academic support, and improved facilities for the KU student athletes. And THAT, as it should be, is the primary focus of the KU athletic department.

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Pilgrim 5 years, 4 months ago

dandelion (Anonymous) says…deskboy04 says The game is about the fans and the teams. I'll bet if you asked the teams they would say that they love the chance to play in an NFL stadium.Wrong. It's all about the money. They have have to pay the AD's and coach's super-inflated CEO-like salaries somehow.*********Yeah, and... ?Still have that class envy meter pegged on Full Tilt Boogie, eh?And btw, the additional money raised by opportunities like this also go to provide additional scholarships and additional improved facilities for the student athletes of all sports. But you probably have a problem with that, too. So sad.

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hitme 5 years, 4 months ago

Commercialism at its lowest and a horrible fan experience. Why not have an exhibition game or play any other regional team there. Why spoil the rivalry game by having it in a non-campus location? What's next Lew ...installing pay kiosks so fans place Vegas bets on the game and you get a cut? You're a bottom-feeder Lew.

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thebcman 5 years, 4 months ago

as compensation, KU's Memorial Stadium should get an NFL game to replace the lost revenue. Too bad Kansas City doesn't have any professional sports teams anymore.

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Haiku_Cuckoo 5 years, 4 months ago

"Ridiculous…fan behavior is not a reason to stop this game…however economic circumstances of Lawrence and Columbia are reasons to change the location. This game pumps thousands into local economies instead of our larger neighbor (KC)."Thousands? So what? By playing in KC, KU gets a million. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out which is a better deal.

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beobachter 5 years, 4 months ago

JHawker,How long have you been a season ticker holder? How much do you contribute to Alumni and/or Athletic associations?

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JHawker 5 years, 4 months ago

This is absurd, the KU - MU game should be played at each school for the respective home games. Last year's game experience was terrible and I refuse to return to Arrowhead for another such experience. A home game, is exactly that, a game played, at HOME, at our Memorial Stadium. They put so much money into revitalizing the stadium and now they want to send crowds a different direction? There should be no extension made on this ridiculous contract.

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tunahelper 5 years, 4 months ago

Final score:Mizzou 48Kansas 17

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beobachter 5 years, 4 months ago

just wondering, how many of you negative ranters actually go to home games?

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Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 4 months ago

Why is ANYONE surprised at this?? The greedy bas%^&$rds who are the architect of this stupid plan are only in it for the money. I look for more KU games to go out of town, these two jerks don't give a fig about local support, home field advantage, college tradition or anything else that does not spell "D-O-L-L-A-R-S". This is not the end of such stupidity. A number of the games are already on pay T.V., I look for that to soon be the norm, wanna see your team on the tube, pay up sucker! The commercialization of college sports (a.k.a. unpaid indentured servitude) is rolling on, the hangers-on in K.C. and Las Vegas are making millions on the ambitions of college students, so why shouldn't these two vipers do likewise. Sorry folks, this is crap and it is the wave of the future.

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areyouserious 5 years, 4 months ago

Once again, Lew Perkins sold his soul! Thanks, you fat waste of space!

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kmat 5 years, 4 months ago

Considering that MU teams make a point of trying to not spend any money in KS when they have to play KU, why are we letting MO have our tax revenue? I was at a concert downtown KC, MO last night and the band made a comment about the Jayhawks playing nearby and most of the crowd starting yelling and shouting obscenities. Yeah, KC, MO is where KU HOME games should be played. It isn't fair to either town to lose the revenue that these games bring to the local businesses. And to the person that commented about how KU games don't sell out - the MU and K-State games usually do. It would help if they didn't raise the ticket price on these games, but Lawrence gets a lot of out of towners for the MU game, thus generating revenue for the city.

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CLARKKENT 5 years, 4 months ago

JAYHAWK3GRAD--THAT IS A VERY GOOD IDEA--HE HAS THE WORST EGO I HAVE EVER SEEN!!

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jasb71 5 years, 4 months ago

I went the game last year and I will never go back it was a horrible experience from the fans to the parking it was awful and I was very glad I did not have my children with me. I would be extremely disappointed if they continue to have this series at arrowhead!!!!!

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JackRipper 5 years, 4 months ago

srj, I guess the only solution after putting ourselves into the Texas league is to make athletics the sole purpose of the university. We can't say we aren't going to play anymore. All that hoowie about it bringing recognition is stupid. It is a state school with a state mission. If enrollment was reduced so only the ones who really are scholars were at KU a lot of the supersizing could just be forgotten. We really need to get out of the American Idol mentality and start hunkering down for the work that needs to be done.

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KansasVoter 5 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, but the other 7 games weren't any good. They were either against non-conference creampuffs who nobody cares about or they were against Big 12 teams that beat the crap out of the 'Hawks. Nobody likes to watch KU beat up on a nobody like Sam Houston State and not many people like to watch KU get killed like against Texas or T-Tech.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 4 months ago

Just the wave of the future. You can only make so much because of KU basketball due to Allen Fieldhouse have no luxury suites, so you have to go out and make money so the Texas schools don't blow us out of the water.

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Raider 5 years, 4 months ago

Perhaps if the games at home would actually sell out, that might make a difference. But since this isn't KU hoops, then no one shows up. Yet, when they do a GOOD THING FOR THE PROGRAM and move the game to a nuetral site, all of a sudden the fair weather fans come out of the woodwork. They *&^$ and moan because ONE game goes to KC, yet they can't show up for the other SEVEN games that were in town this year. You're all a bunch of hypocrites.

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SMe 5 years, 4 months ago

Bad deal but as we all know with Lew and Hemmingway it $$$ that counts.

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JackRipper 5 years, 4 months ago

cadillac you win the golden nugget of truth award today! Its free market big sports people milking every government and university they can and of course everyone buys into it.

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cadillac 5 years, 4 months ago

I think they should just move all the basket ball games and the football games to KC and call them pro teams. Make as much money as you can from them. It hasn't been about the students for many years now.

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gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 4 months ago

I sure hope the LJW doesn't complain about the loss of local revenue given their editorial a week ago about how people simply using student-athletes as revenue generators.

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JackRipper 5 years, 4 months ago

Isn't the stadium owned by the city? Why is the billionaire owner making money off of this? Hmmmm, the smell is everywhere in the air.

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Jayhawktriplegrad 5 years, 4 months ago

Keep the game in Lawrence. Send Lew out of state....permanently!

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Raider 5 years, 4 months ago

Get over it people! It's ONE game a year. I seem to recall we've already had 7 home games in Lawrence this year. This game will put more money into the program, and should ultimately benefit KU football. Better exposure = better recruiting = better team. All of you who are whining about the game being at Arrowhead are probably the same chumps who DON"T show up to games that are in Lawrence. Try supporting your team.

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dandelion 5 years, 4 months ago

deskboy04 says The game is about the fans and the teams. I'll bet if you asked the teams they would say that they love the chance to play in an NFL stadium.Wrong. It's all about the money. They have have to pay the AD's and coach's super-inflated CEO-like salaries somehow.

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Danimal 5 years, 4 months ago

Arrowhead is for Chiefs games, and in case KU Athletics Corp. wasn't paying attention the Hawks have never played particularly well there. Has KU ever won a game at Arrowhead? I can't recall one that we have. We got beat by OU there in '05, and MU last year of course. This is a dumb deal and reveals that KU AC doesn't care about its fans or its football team, and only really cares about that sweet, sweet cash. After last year, I will never watch KU play at Arrowhead again, unless it's a Big 12 title game.

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Maracas 5 years, 4 months ago

I hate having the games at Arrowhead. That place totally sucks. The games should be on campus.

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flyin_squirrel 5 years, 4 months ago

It is great that our chancellor is asking the state to provide him with more money, yet he allows millions in taxable revenue to be moved to Missouri. Forget about the business owners, how about all the employees of the business owners who spend their paychecks in town. The effect of moving this game trickles down to everyone in Lawrence.

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deskboy04 5 years, 4 months ago

This would be fantastic. I sure hope that the game continues at Arrowhead. Last year was a tremendous experience. There were 80,000 fans having a great time and watching two great teams. The local business people can complain all they want...the game isn't about them. The game is about the fans and the teams. I'll bet if you asked the teams they would say that they love the chance to play in an NFL stadium.

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nobody1793 5 years, 4 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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jhawkdpt 5 years, 4 months ago

Ridiculous...fan behavior is not a reason to stop this game...however economic circumstances of Lawrence and Columbia are reasons to change the location. This game pumps thousands into local economies instead of our larger neighbor (KC). Not to mention the tradition of the campus rivalries as well...booooooo KUAD for letting this happen again!

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bmwjhawk 5 years, 4 months ago

This weekend looks to be 65000 MU fans and 15000 KU fans.Not to rehash, but since the article appeared today... playing this game off of college campuses is LAME.

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Curtis Lange 5 years, 4 months ago

That'll happen when you have 40000 of one group in close proximity to 40000 of another group who absolutely hate each other. I had a fun time last year other than the bitter cold. This weekend looks to be a much nicer experience.

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Nonsense 5 years, 4 months ago

I went to the game last year. I am a loyal season ticket holder. I will never go back to this game. It was the worst experience I have ever had at a game. Unfortunately, the bad behavior by KU fans rivaled that of the MU fans. It was just an absolutely horrible experience.

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