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In the year FedEx, which in 1999 made a $205 million deal to put its name on the stadium of Washington’s NFL franchise, ended its franchise agreement with the team two years ago. The deal is set to expire in 2026.

The move would deprive the Chiefs of nearly $15 million in remaining revenue from the deal and leave them without a naming-rights partner for Landover Stadium as they look for a new home in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

FedEx’s separate partnership with the team remains in line with the company’s long-standing sponsorship agreement.

“We thank FedEx Corporation for their work with our team and the community and look forward to their continued partnership in the Commander family,” the team said in a statement to The Washington Post. We have begun the process of identifying our next stadium naming rights partner – a partner that will not only play a vital role in the next era of Chiefs football, but also a strong live streaming event and concerts.

Two people familiar with the decision told FedEx in 2016. He said he had made an opt-out arrangement before completion in 2023 stemming from the sale of the group, which closed in July. After a flurry of new fan interest and new sponsorship deals, I caught the bosses by surprise.

“FedEx is a longtime sponsor of many sports leagues, properties and teams,” the company wrote in a statement to the Post. We continually review our marketing programs to ensure that our investments are aligned with our evolving business objectives. As part of this review, we have decided not to continue as a naming rights sponsor of FedEx Field as we focus on opportunities that reflect our broader NFL sponsorship and global footprint. We believe the future is bright for the Washington Chiefs, and we look forward to seeing the team improve under their new ownership.

An investor group led by Josh Harris bought the Chiefs last year for $6.05 billion from Daniel Snyder, after 24 years of explosive ownership turmoil eroded the fan base and led to multiple federal and NFL investigations into the team’s workplace and business practices. .

The team’s naming-rights deal with FedEx, which was completed shortly after Snyder purchased the franchise from the Jack Kent Cooke estate for $800 million, was initially hailed as a fantastic deal for the team. But the relationship between the group and FedEx was increasing.

FedEx founder Fred Smith was one of three minority owners of the franchise, along with Robert Rothman and Dwight Schar, from 2003 to 2021.

The Post In November 2020, a group of investors reportedly offered $900 million for an ownership stake, 40 percent of the franchise. Snyder initially tried to exercise the right of first refusal to match the offers to Smith and Rothman, but not the offer to Schar. That led to a debate over whether Snyder could exercise his right selectively.

In the year In March 2021, the NFL Finance Committee approved a debt settlement that allowed Snyder to take on an additional $450 million in debt and buy out the three limited partners for $875 million. That settlement resolved a contentious dispute that spawned a grievance and NFL arbitration process and spilled over into the courts. In December, Rothman filed a federal lawsuit in Florida alleging that Bank of America engaged in “improper financial trading” in the process that allowed Snyder to buy shares.

In the year In July 2020, FedEx played a role in the franchisee’s decision to change its former name. FedEx said in a letter that it would remove the sign from the stadium if the team did not change its name. Later that month, the group announced that it would be “retiring” the name.

Originally called Jack Kent Cooke Stadium, When it opened in 1997, FedEx Field was in disrepair, and Snyder had long hoped to vacate it for a new stadium. But attempts to create competition between D.C., Maryland and Virginia proved fruitless, and numerous investigations into the group’s workplace and operations slowed the pace of movement.

Harris’ purchase of the team includes the training facility in Ashburn and the stadium and grounds. The team is obligated to play its home games in the stadium built on the site in Landover until September 2027, after which it can stay or leave.

In the interim, Harris and his ownership group have invested $75 million to improve the structure and fan experience while developing future site plans for stadium improvements. The move is expected to be resolved before 2030 while the team clears the way for D.C. Stadium and weighs options in other states.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs are working with Elevate, a consulting firm led by San Francisco 49ers president Al Guido, to find a new naming-rights partner. The team may find a short-term sponsor to see them through the life of Landover Stadium. Like the Tennessee Titans did with Nissan, he could look for a partner for the remainder of his stay at the current stadium as well as a new start. In November, Elevate a 20 year sponsorship agreement The Titans’ current stadium, which is slated to open in 2027, and the new stadium with the automaker, which includes naming rights.

“They’re looking for the right partner, and they’re looking for a long-term partner,” Guido said of Commanders’ ownership group. “This may mean that the partner continues as a naming rights partnership in the new building. This means that what we call a partner will continue at the founding level.” [as an exclusive partner] In the new building. But I think… when deals like this happen, a partner of this size coming online will be very interested in continuing.

Sports naming-rights deals have grown in popularity and value, with franchises committing significant amounts of capital to help maintain the structures. San Francisco-based Social Finance Inc., a banking and financial services firm, has agreed to a $625 million sponsorship through 2020 for Sophie Stadium, Englewood, Calif., home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. That same year, he signed a 30-year naming-rights deal with Allegiant Airlines in Las Vegas, averaging more than $20 million a year.

The only two NFL stadiums without naming-rights sponsorships are the league’s oldest: Soldier Field in Chicago and Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis.