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KC Sports Commission reaches out to Missouri

Posted on: May 13, 2010 4:00 pm

University of Missouri officials will meet with the Kansas City Sports Commission Thursday afternoon, has learned, in what looks like an attempt to determine the school's future plans regarding the Big Ten.

Kevin Gray, president of the sports commission, will meet with Missouri athletic director Mike Alden, chancellor Brady Deaton and system president Gary Forsee. The 44-year-old commission promotes sports events in the area and has been the engine behind landing and keeping Big 12 events in Kansas City over the years. 

Kansas City has been a center of the Big 12 conference since its beginning in 1996. That center could fall apart if Missouri and/or Nebraska go to the Big Ten. The commission has an interest in expansion because the Big 12 basketball tournament and Big 12 football championship game have been played at in Kansas City at various times during the league's 14-year history.

In addition, the Missouri-Kansas football game has risen to new heights since moving to Arrowhead Stadium since 2007. If the tournament and championship leave town, Thursday's meeting could be related to keeping that Missouri-KU game in Kansas City.

Alden confirmed the meeting, saying there were similar meetings scheduled with Kansas and Kansas State.

"It was more that the Kansas City Sports Commission was going to reach out to a number of schools in the Big 12," said Alden. He added that the meetings were suggested by Kansas AD Lew Perkins, Kansas State AD John Currie and Alden.

Alden said other cities seeking Big 12 events such as St. Louis and Oklahoma City have visited Big 12 campuses in the past.

The meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET


Category: NCAAF

Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2010 11:20 pm

KC Sports Commission reaches out to Missouri

Another omission....

They meet every year....

Dodd, just keep this train a chugging so you don't have to write anything new for three more months....

Then you'll have made it in the clear and can collect your paycheck.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 7:12 pm

KC Sports Commission reaches out to Missouri

Speaking of omission; I left out that if the NFL Players Union stays hardline - a strike could negate a 2011 season and the venues would be left empty in that case unless there is revenue coming in from other events.   First stop is college in these media markets but one game here and one game there are nice additions; but need more and as these venues (example Kansas vs Missouri) - the state actually saves money as the venue itself is taking money for seats, parking, concessions, etc. instead of the state having to support these facilities which may or may not be a break even portion but they also get money from the game without these facilitization pay-outs.   I think we'll see more of these type of venues or more like the Va Tech / Alabama game last year in Atlanta.

The NFL strike hasn't been ramped up but once the 2010 season is done, I expect that it will get ugly and the potential of a non-season is very real given the personalities.    Both sides want more but the fact is that in the current economic client, the money pressure has shrunk the available cash.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 13, 2010 6:31 pm

Grain of truth, but missing the whole bag o'wheat

Grain of truth, but missing the whole bag o'wheat here....

KC is a pro-sports town.    KC Commission runs the venues for Arrowhead (stadium, etc) and following a bit of lead from Jerry Jones and Cowboys Stadium and the huge benefits of college revenue from BYU/OU; A&M-Arkansas; and Cotton Bowl - not to mention the Big 12 Championship Game - The commission realizes it has to put a plan in place should the NFL Players Union goes hardline at the end of the 2010 season.

Short-sighted and Omission of the driving facts as there is a lot more to business than a rumor mill...

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