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For every Arrowhead Stadium, there are a handful more named for banks, cell-phone companies, or airlines. In big-time sports, corporate naming-rights deals aren't just a trend, they are the rule - with millions of dollars at stake. 

But what's in a name? Sometimes more than was bargained for. Commentator Victor Wishna explains in A Fan's Notes

A Royals Season Preview

Jan 17, 2013

The organ music, peanuts and even that occasional flying hot dog are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a Royals game.

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With the hiring of General Manager John Dorsey and head coach Andy Reid, the Kansas City Chiefs are ushering in what they hope will be more successful days ahead.  The changes officially close the curtain on the tumultuous, four-year Scott Pioli era.

Sporting has a new logo that will appear on the team's T-shirts and bumper stickers.

The partnership between the Sporting Kansas City soccer club and the Livestrong Foundation is over.

John Dorsey was introduced on Monday as the new general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Though Dorsey has worked with the Green Bay Packers through most of his professional life, he's excited to be in Kansas City for his first general manager's job in the NFL.

A week after presenting their new head coach, the Kansas City Chiefs will introduce their new general manager, John Dorsey, Monday afternoon.

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For the second straight year, this area will showcase a major all-star event.

New Chiefs Coach Introduced To KC

Jan 8, 2013

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid yesterday as the new head coach. Reid has hit the ground running since he arrived in Kansas City.

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There's still no word from Arrowhead officially announcing that Andy Reid is the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs have a contract agreement, according to several media reports.

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that general manager Scott Pioli is no longer with the football team. 

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The organization that is the Kansas City Chiefs is operating in such uncertainty only the owner may know how the repair work will appear.

Players React To Crennel Ouster As KC Chiefs' Coach

Dec 31, 2012
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One week short of a year from being hired as the Kansas City Chiefs head coach, Romeo Crennel today learned he’d been fired.

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced today that Romeo Crennel, the team's 12th coach, has been "relieved of his duties as head coach" after a 2-14 season. This record matches the team's worst in its 53-year history.

As the year comes to close, A Fan’s Notes commentator Victor Wishna looks back on “the year that was” in the world of Kansas City sports… with a glimmer of hope at what could be.

Fans React To Chiefs Tragedy

Dec 3, 2012
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The Kansas City Chiefs broke their eight-game losing streak yesterday, beating the Carolina Panthers  27-21. The win comes in the wake of Chiefs linebacker, Jovan Belcher's death.

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Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot his girlfriend multiple times around 8 a.m. Saturday, drove to the team's training facility, thanked coaches for supporting him, walked away and shot himself in the head, police said.

A Kansas City Chiefs player shot and killed himself at Arrowhead Stadium early Saturday morning after fatally shooting his girlfriend.

Police say linebacker Jovan Belcher, 25, shot the woman at her home, then drove to a training facility at the stadium just east of Kansas City, Mo. When police arrived at the scene, according to reporter Laura Ziegler of member station KCUR, they found Belcher with a pistol to his head, thanking team coaches for everything they had done for him.

At least one local college football team is on the brink of a perfect season. But as Victor Wishna explains in this month's edition of "A Fan's Notes," that storybook ending is in jeopardy, thanks to a cover.

Missouri Mavericks

Name the area professional sports team to make it to the playoffs the last two seasons.  Hint: it doesn't play in Kansas City.

No change at general manager, no change at head coach, but the Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is taking himself out as the team's defensive coordinator. 

Cassel Out, Quinn In As Chiefs Quarterback

Oct 22, 2012
Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Cassel is out and Brady Quinn is in as starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Romeo Crennel made the announcement on Monday.

Crennel emphasized that he is not blaming Cassel for the team's failures, but says no other changes would have had as broad an impact. He said he made the change that would change the dynamic of the team the most.

KC Sports Report

Oct 15, 2012
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We’re unfolding the newspaper for a look at the latest headlines from the sports section. Did you miss a game this season? ...or all of them?

A Fan's Notes: Misplaced Cheers?

Oct 12, 2012
Jeffrey Beall

When the bad news is about the fans instead of the game, you know things just aren’t right.

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Kansas City Chiefs head football coach Romeo Crennel confirmed today that quarterback Matt Cassel has a concussion as the result of play in Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.  

KEI: Refugee To Soccer Superstar

Oct 3, 2012

There were happy days for soccer star Kei Kamara growing up in war-torn West Africa. But then, there were also days that haunt his dreams to this day.

Though the nation's football fans — from President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to the average couch quarterback — are begging the two sides to settle their contract dispute so that regular NFL referees can come back to work, there seems to be no clear reason to think that's going to happen in time for this week's games.

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For a sportswriter like Joe Posnanski it had to be a dream come true: unprecedented access to the most revered figure in college football, Joe Paterno. 

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One of the best players in Kansas City Chiefs history returned to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.  It was a triumphant return - for the visiting team.

The Kansas City Chiefs open their regular season this Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons. It’s hard to see underneath those protective uniforms, but this years’ team is….well, let’s not sugar coat it – young.

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