Sports Business Rundown: KC-Area Startup Lands Mario Chalmers as First Client

Mario Chalmers (right) is the first client of BidSpot Cares. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Mario Chalmers (right) is the first client of BidSpot Cares. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons” credit=” 

Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers chose BidSpot Cares, a Kansas City-area company, to promote his charity foundation. The former Kansas Jayhawk is the first client of the company, an online platform that launched in June in Lenexa. The company’s plan is to utilize the power of celebrities’ and athletes’ social media accounts to draw attention to charities, and to attract fans to take part in online games. BidSpot Cares is specifically targeting charities started by athletes because they have difficulty managing them due to their careers, according to founder Cheryl Womack.

Best Team for Your Buck: Cardinals, Royals Towards Middle

TicketCity recently released its list of the best baseball teams for your dollar. The study took into account three factors: the median price for tickets on the resale market, the winning percentage and the skill level of opponents. In other words, an ideal team would be one that plays and beats tough teams while selling tickets for a low price. According to the study, the Pittsburgh Pirates is the team that offers the most for the money. The St. Louis Cardinals, despite owning the best record in baseball, rank 14th on the list, and the Kansas City Royals ranked 20th.

Number of the Week: $213 Million

Kansas City‘s Sprint Center brought in 5.6 million people who spent a combined $213.3 million in the five-year span from October 2007 to September 2012. A study conducted by Development Strategies and instructed by AEG shows that for every dollar spent by the Sprint Center $1.97 is generated in economic activity. 

Tweet of the Week

This tweet lists NBA analyst Chad Ford’s Big Board for Thursday’s NBA Draft. Otto Porter and Ben McLemore, who are third and fifth on the list, are both Missouri natives. Porter, Georgetown’s star player, grew up in Sikeston; McLemore, Kansas’ standout freshman, is from St. Louis. Both players are projected to be taken in the top five, likely earning them at least $2.9 million in their rookie seasons.

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The NCAA changed its bidding process for its upcoming championships, and for the first time, tournaments in Division I, II and III are up for grabs. Kansas City intends to make an effort to host more NCAA tournaments in the future, likely using the Sprint Center as its main attraction. The Sprint Center has proven to be a popular venue, ranking third in the nation in ticket sales for live events in which a score is not kept. Other Kansas City venues, such as Sporting Park, can be used as attraction points for certain NCAA events. The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff has more on Kansas City’s push to host more events.

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