New Jack City: Are Chiefs Sundays Business Killers? (Answer: Yes)

Kansas-City-Chiefs-fan-fatThe bubbly television anchor Sunday morning boasted of how good the Chiefs winning ways have been for local businesses…

To help make her point she interviewed a rep from ‘The Kansas Sampler store who cooed about how the store can scarcely keep its shelves stocked with Chiefs branded merchandise. I’d also suspect local ticket brokers, carryout grocery stores and restaurants, sports bars and drinking establishments are doing boffo business courtesy of the Chiefs.

Oh, and leave us not forget the Lamar Hunt Empire.

But are they merely the exceptions in the local business community?

If you’ve ever tried to get into Stroud’s on Sunday’s during the lunch or dinner hour—good luck—it can be a long wait.

However when I hit the Shawnee Mission chicken paradise on a recent Sunday during game time there was – wait for it – ZERO WAIT. Matter of fact, the joint was two-thirds empty.

Ghost mallDitto for Oak Park Mall – it was a virtual ghost town.

You’d have thought it was a Monday morning bright and early.

And what about Kansas City’s many movie complexes with their all-important matinee business? Almost non-existent on Chiefs Sundays with noon kick-offs. And not a whole lot better when the games begin at 3:05 p.m.

Business killersSo are the undefeated Chiefs actually business killers?

Judging from local restaurants, retail businesses, shopping malls, movie theaters and other area events it sure seems like they are.

And no, I’m not anti-Chiefs. More power to their recent winning ways.

I’m just frustrated with the half-baked, local cheerleading by television newsies and their overly simple, one-sided views of seeing and reporting things.

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7 Responses to New Jack City: Are Chiefs Sundays Business Killers? (Answer: Yes)

  1. CG says:

    Jack is correct, Chiefs wins do almost no good for business in KC. None. God help us if there is Sat night game. End of Sat night. When they are winning like now…same with KU basketball it has destoryed March, period…off in most entertainment places 50%, a killer. Sad but true…and no hotels do about the same biz they always did and do on Chiefs weekends, 99 per cent of game goers live here.

    • Hot Carl says:

      No wonder editing your stories had Hearne ready to jump from a cliff. Your reply is damn near unintelligible. If you ever find yourself in the unfortunate position of spending additional time in the clink you might consider signing up for some continuing education courses.

  2. Fuji says:

    I went to Worlds of Fun during the Chiefs game. I rode the Prowler 12 times in a row without standing in line.

  3. newbaum turk says:

    I often play golf and listen to the Chiefs game. Even last year when they were terrible we could play all day and not see another group.

  4. Jim says:

    Perhaps a little less myopic view of local businesses might be better. Stroud’s? Oak Park Mall? Movie theaters. What do all those have in common? You don’t go there to watch sports. Without one bit of research on my part I would have wagered those businesses don’t benefit from the Chiefs winning this year. But hey, thanks for confirming it.

  5. tiad says:

    That’s why there has been a conspiracy these oh-so-many-years to keep the Chiefs and Royals as losing clubs.

  6. downtown_scotty says:

    this is silly. Sure, the business may suffer slower traffic during Sunday afternoon game times, but ultimately they wont lose any money. Customers just adjust their schedules. They will spend money on Friday, Saturday or sometime throughout the week instead of Sunday. People still go to the mall, go out to eat, go to movies, etc…..

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