The Kansas City Current is building the first purpose-built stadium for a women’s soccer team — and now has the help of its local NFL superstar.
Patrick Mahomes is joining his wife Brittany and Angie and Chris Long as a co-owner of the team.
- The Kansas City Chiefs QB is already an owner of MLB’s Kansas City Royals and MLS’ Sporting Kansas City.
- Brittany Mahomes has been an owner of the Current since the Longs bought rights to the formerly Utah-based team in 2020.
Mahomes’ entrance is just the latest indication of the NWSL’s growth. Chicago Bears guard Michael Schofield is part of the Chicago Red Stars ownership group.
Angel City FC president Julie Uhrman recently said the Los Angeles club is “going to be the first women’s team to have a billion-dollar valuation in five years.”
The NWSL is also looking to add two expansion teams in 2024, with the highest initial bid reportedly over $40 million.
Amid the growth, the NWSL is tightening its business by addressing ethics concerns.
Following an investigative report by the league and its players’ union, the NWSL announced this week it issued lifetime bans to four coaches: Paul Riley, Christy Holly, Rory Dames, and Richie Burke.
The Chicago Red Stars and Portland Thorns, who were recently put up for sale by their owners, were fined a respective $1.5 million and $1 million.