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Should the Royals sell stadium naming rights?

Reports are out today that the Royals partners across the parking lot have agreed to sell the naming rights to the stadium (the early rumors point to Google, but they are just rumors). The team may still include "Arrowhead" in the name somewhere, but it will no longer be called just "Arrowhead Stadium" as it has since its inception in 1972.

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Kauffman Stadium is different as it was called Royals Stadium from its construction until 1994 when it was named after the beloved owner Ewing Kauffman who had then recently passed away. Having the name of an iconic figure in the stadium name makes it a bit more sacred and perhaps a bit more crass to sell the naming rights.

But baseball is a competitive industry and if it can bring more revenue to the club that, in theory, can be used to invest in better players, should the team sell the naming rights? Can we live with "Cerner Field at Kauffman Stadium"? "Applebee's Park at Kauffman Stadium"? "Oklahoma Joe's BBQ Pit at Kauffman Stadium"? Could the team be creative like Sporting Kansas City and donate the naming rights to a charity? Any preferred corporate partners?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Royals Review community. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the editors and writers of this site.

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