Blair Kerkhoff, The Kansas City Star

Blair Kerkhoff

The Kansas City Star

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Past articles by Blair:

Loyal Royals audience: TV rating slightly up over this time a year ago

The Kansas City Royals have the third worst record in baseball at the All-Star break. But over the same number of games as last year, the team’s television ratings are slightly higher on Fox Sports KC. → Read More

World Cup TV ratings: Where did KC rank nationally after U.S. victory in final?

The top three television markets for the the entire World Cup were Austin, Texas, San Diego and Kansas City. For the championship, a U.S. 2-0 victory over the Netherlands, KC was fourth in local market ratings. → Read More

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: KC Royals future (Perez, Ned Yost, more) + World Cup champs

New Sportsbeat KC podcast: Kansas City Star sports columnists Sam Mellinger and Vahe Gregorian join host Blair Kerkhoff to talk Salvador Perez, Bubba Starling and Ned Yost with KC Royals, plus World Cup soccer. → Read More

Baseball expansion Class of 1969: Royals pushed when others weren’t quite ready

Baseball figured to expand sometime in the early 1970s, but that wasn’t good enough for Kansas City, which had just lost the A’s to Oakland. KC wanted a team almost immediately and forced baseball into a move. → Read More

An athletic brand shift away from UMKC: That’s Kansas City, or KC Roos, to you

University of Kansas City is following other schools in a brand shift for athletic teams. No more UMKC. The school wants its teams called Kansas City or KC Roos. It’s also happened at Little Rock and Green Bay. → Read More

KC’s Power & Light District soccer watch parties back U.S. women’s team, men’s bid

The U.S. women survived a World Cup semifinal with England to the delight of reliable fan base: Kansas Citians at the Power & Light District. The scenes are helpful as the city looks to land the men’s World Cup. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: All-Star Whit Merrifield and sports betting in Missouri, Kansas

This episode of our SportsBeat KC podcast spotlights Whit Merrifield of the KC Royals being named to the All-Star Game, and the future of legalized sports betting in Missouri, Kansas. → Read More

KC-based MIAA grows to 14 schools with addition of Newman, Rogers State

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association has added two new members, Newman University of Wichita, Kansas, and Rogers State in Claremore, Oklahoma. That brings MIAA membership to 14 schools. → Read More

Chiefs to pay tribute to founder Lamar Hunt with Legacy Seat at Arrowhead Stadium

The Kansas City Chiefs have created the Lamar Hunt Legacy Seat to honor fans who have contributed to the community and embody Hunt’s spirit. The program is similar to the Buck O’Neil seat at Kaffuman Stadium → Read More

Next competition for former baseball great Dave Parker, fighting Parkinson’s

Dave Parker joined fellow former baseball greats Fred McGriff, Dave Stewart and Eric Davis in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum’s Hall of Game. Parker, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, fights a new battle. → Read More

University study says Chiefs fans rank 31st (next to last) in the NFL

A fan base analysis by Emory University is out with its ranking of 32 NFL teams and the Kansas City Chiefs, despite playing in the AFC title game with NFL MVP in quarterback Patrick Mahomes, finished 31st in the fan ratings. → Read More

Chiefs’ pregame drum ceremony is moving to new location at Arrowhead Stadium

The pregame drum ceremony for the Kansas City Chiefs is getting a new location. The hype event, where a guest is invited to bang the drum, is moving from the field to a deck in the upper reaches of Arrowhead. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Talking Mizzou hoops and NBA Draft with Alex Schiffer

On this episode of the SportsBeat KC podcast, Missouri beat writer Alex Schiffer, at the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, breaks down the top projected choices and the local possibilities with host Blair Kerkhoff. Plus, they talk about the ever-changing Missouri basketball roster and what to expect next season — coach Cuonzo Martin’s third. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: KC finds sports joy in U.S. Open, World Cup and Blues parade

Local pro teams aren’t winning, but Kansas Citians enjoyed watching success elsewhere in sports, with big TV ratings for Gary Woodland’s U.S. Open title, the Women’s World Cup and even the parade for the Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. SportsBeat KC podcast host Blair Kerkhoff and columnist Vahe Gregorian revel in the fun, along with everyone else. → Read More

As Gary Woodland closed in on U.S. Open title, Kansas City viewers tuned in

Kansas Citians haven’t seen much winning between their baseball Royals and soccer Sporting KC but they watched golf and soccer in big numbers. Kansas golfer Gary Woodland won the U.S. Open and the U.S. women’s World Cup team won. → Read More

Gary Woodland, from Washburn basketball player to U.S. Open champion

Gary Woodland, who played college golf at the University of Kansas, started his college athletic career at another school in another sport. And his Washburn basketball coach couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishment → Read More

Chiefs sign two players with local ties who had tried out for team during minicamp

The Kansas City Chiefs signed a pair of tryout players, Northwest Missouri State fullback Josh Caldwell, from Lee’s Summit, and Kansas State offensive lineman Abdul Beecham. → Read More

Mahomes is right at home as he is honored at Kansas City Sports Commission Banquet

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is honored as Sportsman of the Year by Kansas City Sports Commission. → Read More

Andy Reid said he misspoke about investigation in his last comments about Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Thursday that he had no comment on the case involving wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The last time Reid spoke about Hill at a news conference, Reid said he misspoke. → Read More

SportsBeat KC podcast: Wrapping up Chiefs minicamp, Chris Jones’ holdout

The Kansas City Chiefs wrapped up minicamp on Thursday feeling positive about the work throughout the spring. Chiefs beat writer Brooke Pryor and SportsBeat KC podcast host Blair Kerkhoff recall the good and bad of camp, and discuss the immediate future of holdout Chris Jones. → Read More