Sadly, sports in this cowtown crosses over into to the political world because our teams are mostly run by vampires who must feed off of Jackson County to sustain themselves since JoCo and other suburban fans have their entertainment subsidized by a largely brokeass district. This sorry situation is the result of local politicos who constantly walk around with their hands out and for the most part elected officials who don’t have to make a phone call before casting their vote.
And all of this leads us to hockey in Kansas City Proper or the lack thereof.
For the record, Kansas City is a horrible market for hockey but that’s not the only reason the Canadian past time has never generated much excitement in River City.
First, let’s talk about demand. This headline accurately reflects the perception of this burg as a hockey town: “Queens For the New York Islanders? It Beats Kansas City.”
What’s required for this city to lure a franchise is to seriously grab ankle for a franchise in the hopes that it would generate revenue. As we’ve seen with the Power & Light District, that theory doesn’t really work. In the midst of The Great Recession it would nearly be unconscionable to ask voters to to forgo even more revenue for the hope of some future reward. That’s the great thing about hard times, it makes EVERYONE just a bit more skeptical. So, there’s the possibility that we’ll see another play for hockey at the Sprint Center but for the most part it’s nothing more than empty talk that is unlikely to convince voters who remember so many empty promises of a so-called “Renaissance” that never really happened.