"A Profound Loss": Sporting KC Co-Owner, Cerner CEO Dies from Cancer Complications

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Neal Patterson, co-owner of Sporting Kansas City and CEO of Cerner Corporation, died Sunday. He was 67.

He died from unexpected complications from a recurring cancer, according to a news release.

Patterson co-founded Cerner 38 years ago alongside Cliff Illig, Cerner co-founder and vice chairman, who was named chairman and interim CEO.

"This is a profound loss. Neal and I have been partners and collaborators for nearly 40 years, and friends for longer than that," Illig said in the release. "Neal loved waking up every morning at the intersection of health care and IT. His entrepreneurial passion for using IT as a lever to eliminate error, variance, delay, waste and friction changed our industry."

Patterson was an investor in OnGoal LLC, which bought Sporting KC from Hunt Sports Group in 2006 and then transformed it into a "model Major League Soccer franchise."

Since Patterson's owned Sporting KC, the team won the 2013 MLS Cup and the 2012 and 2015 Lamer Hunt U.S. Open Cups. They've also played in the play-offs every year since 2011.

Patterson invested in the Sporting KC Academy, the United Soccer League's Swope Park Rangers and the Sporting Club Network, which strengthened their soccer presence in the region.

“Like Ewing Kauffman and Lamar Hunt, Neal was a truly iconic sports entrepreneur in Kansas City,” Sporting Kansas City President Jake Reid said. “His commitment to the Kansas City Wizards in 2006 saved soccer in this city and paved the way for an incredible transformation that few could have envisioned at the time. Through his dedication to first-class facilities, community-driven initiatives and an unparalleled fan experience at Children’s Mercy Park, Sporting KC has blossomed into a crown jewel of Major League Soccer. He regularly celebrated the team’s success with his family and took great pride in all of his sports endeavors.”

Read the full news release here.
 


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