Since the franchise moved from Dallas and changed its name from the Texans in 1963, the football team in Kansas City has been known as the Chiefs. With pressure mounting on the team to change its moniker due to the perception it’s offensive to Native Americans, will K.C. move on from the Chiefs name?
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According to Kansas City Chiefs team name odds at Bovada, the chances of a name change occurring any time soon aren’t likely. The odds of the Chiefs making a nickname switch sit as the +375 underdog, with the NO option coming back as the heavy -650 favorite.
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Odds as of February 24 at Bovada
Washington, Cleveland Part Ways With Team Names
Last summer, the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins announced it would no longer use the nickname, which had been heavily criticized for decades as a slur against Native Americans.
In its place, the franchise would temporarily go without a nickname as the Washington Football Team until a study was conducted to give the club a new name. Longtime owner Daniel Snyder had said for 20 years that he would never change the name, but massive pressure from advertisers and minority shareholders forced his hand.
There was a similar occurrence in Cleveland, as the MLB team that had gone by the Indians since 1915 announced in December it would seek a new team name.
Cleveland plans to keep the Indians name and uniforms for the 2021 season while working to shift as early as 2022. Cleveland spent much of the year before the 2019 season phasing out logos and imagery of the cartoon mascot Chief Wahoo.
Kansas City Brass Intends to Stand Pat
On August 20, 2020, shortly after Washington announced its name change, Kansas City released a statement that cited multi-year discussions with Native American advocates. The statement pointed out the following several new procedures to minimize any offense:
• While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium.
• Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.
• Fans will be asked to remove any American Indian-themed face paint prior to passing security screening outside the stadium.
• We are engaged in a thorough review process of the Arrowhead Chop and plan to have additional discussions in the future.
• We are exploring all options for a modified engagement moment from the Drum Deck that maintains a unifying effect between our fans and our players but better represents the spiritual significance of the drum in American Indian cultures.
• This includes discussions around how to shift the focus of the drum to something that symbolizes the heartbeat of the stadium.
• As allowed by NFL guidelines and the City of Kansas City Health Department for the coronavirus-impacted 2020 season, we will continue with many of the traditions that we have introduced over the past six years, including the Blessing of the Four Directions, the Blessing of the Drum, as well as inviting members of tribes with a historic connection to our region to participate in our American Indian Heritage Month Game.
• Finally, we are exploring the creation of a more formalized education program with input from both our local and national partners.
It doesn’t sound like the team will be moving on from the Chiefs name before September, so bettors looking for plus-money value would be wise to stay away from the YES option in Kansas City Chiefs team name odds.