Kansas City Chiefs: Three Steps To Rebuilding the Fanbase
OK, so after not watching the Chiefs on television for the first time in my lifetime, I had a lot of things on my mind as I listened to Len Dawson and Mitch Holthus for three straight hours.
How can the Chiefs rebuild their fanbase so we can avoid these blackouts? Here are three main ways to sell tickets.
1. Here is the most obvious way, WIN! Assuming the Chiefs lose out and finish at a whopping 3-13, the Chiefs would have lost 39 games in three seasons, which is worst in the NFL.
If the Chiefs can just give a sliver of hope they will sell out the stadium. They have plenty of fans, but nobody wants to spend that kind of money in this economy to watch a horrible football team play.
2. Draft somebody that could become a fan favorite. Last year's draft was pitiful. They took Tyson Jackson, who was a major reach and has been well below average so far, and after that the only player that sees much playing time is the kicker they took with the last pick in the draft, Ryan Succop, who has been the best pick so far.
One guy that jumps out in this year's draft is Nebraska lineman Ndamukong Suh. I know, he doesn't fit the 3-4 defense but he is a guy that will sell tickets. But really they should probably go after O-line because that really is where they need to improve the most.
3. Give the fans something free when they come to the games. The Royals do this sometimes, they have "T-Shirt Tuesdays" where the first 10,000 or 20,000 fans get a free shirt when they go through the gates.
If the Chiefs were to do something like that, they would sell tickets, and the Chiefs fans would feel like they got something out of the deal when the Chiefs are losing by four scores in the second quarter or giving up 41 points to a horrible Cleveland Browns team.
Whatever they do, I hope point No. 1 (winning games) happens sooner rather than later so we can avoid black outs in future seasons.
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