#2 – Kansas City Wolves
KC Wolf is infamous not only as the mascot for the Kansas City football team, but also as a prominent figure in the Kansas City community. KC Wolf puts in appearances all across the city and serves as entertainment, a motivational speaker and of course, an ambassador for the team.
“One thing that sets KC Wolf apart from other mascots is the fact that he is also in high demand as a humorous and motivational speaker. KC Wolf is portrayed by Dan Meers, and averages more than 150 speaking engagements each year throughout the United States.”
KC Wolf took over as the official team mascot in 1989, replacing Warpaint for the role. Warpaint was (at that time) ridden by a man in full Indian headdress. The horse still exists (for now) as part of Kansas City football, but the wolf is the more prominent mascot.
The wolf idea came from the Chiefs origins in Kansas City. While playing in Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium a group of rowdy fans sitting in bleacher seats were collectively known as “The Wolfpack” and the imagery stuck.
The Kansas City Wolves could keep the same mascot (obviously), but would also embrace imagery with the fanbase that already exists. It would be a natural marketing transition, and a name that is relatively unique across sports leagues (not that it’d be the only team with the name, but there are not a lot of them).