KANSAS CITY COMETS UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP
KANSAS CITY (May 21, 2018) – Top of the Arc LLC, operators of the Kansas City Comets since 2010, announced today the sale of the team to the newly formed company, KC Comets LLC, a subsidiary of Game Theory Ventures LLC. The new ownership group is led by Managing Partner Colin Weaver, who will be retaining the entire Comets front office staff, as the team prepares for the 2018-2019 MASL season.
The Comets were re-introduced to Kansas City fans in 2010 when Brian Budzinski, along with his partners Ed and Mickey Sheetz announced the launch of the franchise at what was then called the Independence Events Center. Eight years, seven playoff appearances, three Central Division titles and one Championship season later, the Comets are ready to begin their next phase of Hot Winter Nights.
“The Comets have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I am so proud of what we have accomplished. The players and staff are all first class and have represented our community in the right way. They have created great memories for lots of people, young and old, that will last a lifetime,” said Budzinski.
Game Theory Ventures LLC is comprised of investors from across the Midwest who are all deeply involved in sports ownership. Although aware of the Comets and their successes, the group began their pursuit of the franchise after visiting the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena for a game this February.
“It was an exciting game and the fans created a great atmosphere,” said Weaver. “After the game, the players chatted with fans on the field and signed autographs for hundreds of kids. The staff did a lot of quality production work behind the scenes to make it a fun experience for everyone.”
Weaver grew up in Alaska and developed a love for sports at a young age. Playing soccer and watching hockey in his youth gave him a love for sports that would shape his life and career choices from that point forward.
“Brian has created an incredible organization and we can’t thank him enough. We are excited to invest in the future of arena soccer in Kansas City and we think the fans will be happy with the things we have planned.” said Weaver.
“The MASL continues to evolve and get stronger with new ownership groups that bring varied experiences in business to the league. With this particular group, the league looks forward to monitoring the introduction of new business methods from various industries and new investments to the Comets.” Said MASL Commissioner Joshua Schaub.
With the 2018-2019 season still over six months away, the Comets have one of the highest season ticket retention rates in the MASL and have already sold over 1,000 tickets for the upcoming season.
The Kansas City Comets kick off their ninth season in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena this December. Season tickets are available now. Visit KCComets.com/season-tickets
ABOUT THE KANSAS CITY COMETS
The Kansas City Comets have a long and rich history of indoor soccer in KC. Re-introduced in 2010, the team has produced seven playoff appearances, two league MVPs, three Central Division Titles and the 2014 MISL Championship. Playing in the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, the Comets seek to add to their trophy case and bring another championship to Kansas City.
ABOUT GAME THEORY VENTURES LLC
Based in the Midwest and grounded in a love of sports, a small group of private investors formed Game Theory Ventures to create fun, affordable family entertainment experiences and communities of camaraderie centered on the thrills and pride of cheering for your local team.