Could bare shelves mean a Sporting KC kit sponsor on the way?Pete Grathoff
The Kansas City Star
Did you get everything you wanted for Christmas?
But its OK, because Im happy with all the treasures I received. However, my list included a Sporting Kansas City jersey and that was conspicuously missing under my tree. While I received Flamengo and Estudiantes jerseys (I have a bit of a collection), I was informed there was a very good reason for the lack of a Sporting jersey.
My wife went to Dicks Sporting Goods, but they were sold out of Sporting jerseys. Thats a very good sign, the soccer fan in me thought.
Apparently a salesman there said that Sporting was changing its jerseys again and they wouldnt have any in stock for a while. Whoa, now thats interesting, the journalist in me thought.
Its highly unlikely the team would change its colors or logo for the 2012 season, so Im thinking theres got to be a sponsorship deal in the works. It makes sense because MLS commissioner Don Garber at one time said every team in the league would have a jersey sponsor by the end of 2011.
Well, including today, weve got five days to go to reach that deadline.
Im guessing it will pass, but I also believe well see a new Sporting KC jersey next season, one that includes a local sponsor. My heart hopes it will be Boulevard, but my gut says it will be Sprint instead.
As usual, well keep our eyes and ears open and let you know more. Who would you like to see as a shirt sponsor?