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How the Kansas City Chiefs Got Their Name

From the FanPosts. I've got two interviews lined up so use this as the morning post and we'll have much more for your in just a bit. We'll also be having a special guest appearance this week on the blog. Stay tuned. -Chris

I recently read on here about whether or not people like, dislike, or find the Chiefs name offensive. Since most of you do not know how the Chiefs got their name here is a little education and history for you.

When Lamar Hunt was in talks with cities about where to move the Texans to another state, he sat down and had serious negotiations with the then Mayor of Kansas City, H. Roe Bartle.  Mayor Bartle persuaded Lamar Hunt to move the team to K.C. and made several promises to Lamar Hunt in order to secure the deal.

Part of the deal was that Mayor Bartle had to get 35,000 season tickets sold to the public. Mayor Bartle called 20 big business owners in to his office and told them they had to sell that many. They were called the "Gold Coats". The public knew there would be a team coming to Kansas City, but did not know which team it was. The people of K.C. was so excited at the prospect that they did indeed buy 35,000 season tickets and didn't even know what team it was!

Lamar Hunt wanted to originally keep the teams name as Texans, "But Jack Steadman convinced me that wasn't too smart. It wouldn't sell", he said.

So a contest was started for the fans of Kansas City to name the team. The name that was entered the most was the Chiefs in honor of H. Roe Bartle, The name, "Chiefs" is not only derived from a fan contest, but also from Mayor Bartle, who 35 years prior, founded the Native American-based honor society known as The Tribe of Mic-O-Say within the Boy Scouts of America, which earned him the nickname, "The Chief."  So from that point in history was born the Kansas City Chiefs.

The second and third most popular names were "Mules" and "Royals".

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