This offseason, the Toronto Raptors were informed that they could not hold their 2020-2021 NBA season in their hometown of Toronto (due to Covid-19 travel restrictions). Many different cities across the states offered up their arenas and cities as the temporary home of the Raptors like Louisville, Nashville, Seattle, and Kansas City all notable names on that list. This persisted until the Raptors ended up choosing the city of Tampa Bay.
The most notable story to come out of that event was the noise and momentum that Kansas City was able to make in potentially getting an NBA team to come to their part of Missouri. Starting primarily with Kansas City’s mayor, Quinton Lucas, tweeted, making public his request to the NBA to bring the Raptors to the T-Mobile center in Kansas City. Then many notable figures representing the city stepped up and supported Mayor Q, including Kansas City Chiefs’ quarterback and NFL star Patrick Mahomes and Chiefs’ head coach Andy Reid.
After the Raptors chose Tampa Bay, the noise in Kansas City never settled down, with many NBA fans and public figures keeping the pressure on the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver. Most recently, Mayor Q has tweeted that he is working hard on bringing the NBA to KC:
Many NBA executives and insiders have stated that this noise has put Kansas City high on the list of landing spots for either an expansion team or the movement of a team. People believe there are plenty of potential investors that would be interested in banding together to even acquire the Sacramento Kings and bring them back to KC, where they played until 1985.
Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ (who recently became a minority owner of the Kansas City Royals and whose fiance, Brittany Matthews, recently became a featured owner in the NWSL expansion team coming to KC) and tight end Travis Kelce’s (who was recently apart of an investment group trying to potentially buy the New York Mets) names come up often as potential featured investors.