Patrick Mahomes wants the Toronto Raptors to consider Kansas City as a potential destination for the 2020-21 season and it might make sense.
If the Toronto Raptors find themselves in a similar position as the Toronto Blue Jays did this past season, Patrick Mahomes is making it known that they have options.
The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback lobbied for the city to land the 2019 NBA champions if the Canadian government doesn’t give the green light for teams to travel north of the border. It is rare to see a situation like this but Mahomes has been an active part of Kansas City’s sports landscape.
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Looking past the Mahome pitch, there is a logical reason for the Raptors to consider T-Mobile Center a temporary home. It’s a 19,000-seat arena that opened in 2007 and is no stranger to hosting professional sporting events.
For years, we have heard the city as a potential relocation option for the NHL and NBA so you can see why they would jump at the chance to host the Raptors. Not only that but the Raptors first option wasn’t an enticing one for the players.
It was reported by Yahoo’s Vincent Goodwill that KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., was being discussed as a home arena. This was not received well considering the issues going on in Kentucky with the death of Breonna Taylor.
Toronto doesn’t necessarily have a lot of time on their side as the NBA is pushing to have the season start around Christmastime. Looking at what the Blue Jays went through, the Raptors better have contingencies in place as plans can change rather quickly.
It’s obviously not an ideal situation for the Raptors and fans considering this could mean probably another season with no spectators in the arena. At the same time, nothing is set in stone and you would think the Raptors would want to push for every scenario in their own arena first.
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