Found November 07, 2011 on
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For perhaps $3-6 million annually over the next 21 years, the Kansas City Royals reportedly are willing to sell out their founder, the late Ewing Kauffman, and rename their ballpark after a bank. Or maybe they'll just marginalize Kauffman a little bit and call the place "Whichever Bank Field at Kauffman Stadium."
Like any other business, Major League Baseball wouldn't survive without capital. But it also wouldn't be it a $6 billion business without generations of fans investing in its history and tradition. And when you rename stadiums after corporations, you tend to sacrifice history and tradition. And, depending on what you call it, some soul.
KHSB-TV, the NBC station in K.C., reports that the Royals home park might go corporate as soon as Monday:
Sources close to the Royals say the corporation is a bank but they would not confirm which one.
However, it is worth noting that the chairman of the board of Arkansas based Arvest Bank is the son of the late Sam...
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