Just days after signing a record-setting contract worth as much as $503m, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is expanding from the National Football League, in a way, to also become a part-owner of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals.
Mahomes, 24, is joining the Royals ownership group led by John Sherman, formerly the Cleveland Indians’ vice chairman, that was formally approved to succeed David Glass last fall.
Even as the one of the NFL’s foremost superstars, baseball is anything but a foreign sport to Mahomes. His father, Pat Mahomes Sr., played 11 years as a MLB pitcher for six different clubs, though not the Royals. The younger Mahomes also actively played as a youth and was frequently in baseball clubhouses with his father.
He also initially played both baseball and football collegiately at Texas Tech before focusing solely on the latter. And more recently, Mahomes has appeared several times at the Royals’ Kauffman Stadium for charity softball games or to throw out a first pitch.
“Along with the rest of Kansas City, I have watched Patrick compete and become an extraordinary leader, both on and off the football field,” Sherman said. “Consistent with the entirely of our ownership group, [Patrick Mahomes] has a deep commitment to Kansas City and a real passion for the game of baseball – dating back to his childhood.
“He’s proven himself to be one of the top professional athletes and competitors anywhere, and he’s built a championship culture. He loves football, but also grew up loving the game of baseball. We look forward to many years of a winning partnership,” Sherman said.
The Chiefs and Royals share the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex for their respective stadiums in Kansas City, and the two organizations have often worked cooperatively on various projects.
Mahomes earlier this year led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl title in 50 years. The winner of the 2018 NFL Most Valuable Player Award, Mahomes is also tied to the Chiefs through the 2031 season as a result of his new contract.
“I love this city and the people of this great town,” Mahomes said. “This opportunity allows me to deepen my roots in this community, which is something I’m excited to do.”
Terms of Mahomes’ acquisition of Royals equity was not disclosed. The Sherman-led group, comprising nearly two dozen other partners including various local business leaders and celebrities such as actor Eric Stonestreet, gained the team from Glass for about $1bn.