Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals announced that Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, would become part owner of their ball club. In a statement released by the Royals, team chairman John Sherman said that the Royals are “very proud and excited” to have Mahomes’ join the ownership and Mr. Sherman noted his lifetime affiliation with baseball and his leadership “both on and off the football field.”
In the same statement, Patrick Mahomes expressed his gratitude towards the city of Kansas City, and said that he was excited to “deepen” his connection with the Kansas City community, something he has stated has been his goal for a while now. Mahomes recently signed a 10-year, $503 million contract extension with the Chiefs, a contract that, while at first seems jaw-dropping, is not worth as much as it seems. Nevertheless, the contract is large enough that it has allowed Mahomes to buy a new Ferrari and partial ownership in the Royals organization.
Patrick Mahomes is not a stranger when it comes to baseball. His father, Pat Mahomes, was a pitcher for eleven years in the MLB, playing for the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, New York Mets, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, and Pittsburgh Pirates. Patrick himself played baseball at Texas Tech University up until his sophomore year, when he decided to quit baseball and focus solely on football. He was drafted in the 37th round by the Detroit Tigers in 2014.
Mahomes is not the only professional athlete to engage in ownership of other teams while as a player. Other professional athletes that have an ownership stake in teams include LeBron James (Liverpool FC), Kevin Durant (Philadelphia Union), Michael Jordan (Charlotte Hornets), and Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Dodgers). This trend is continuing, as a group of professional women athletes will be part of an ownership group for a newly-formed women’s professional soccer team in Los Angeles in 2022.
This recent news is part of an excellent year that Patrick Mahomes has had. He led the Kansas City Chiefs to a 12-4 regular season record in the 2019-2020 season, a Super Bowl championship over the San Francisco 49ers in February, the Super Bowl MVP trophy, a new contract, new Ferrari, and now, part ownership of the Kansas City Royals.