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SBD/September 27, 2012/Franchises
Sounders FC To Exclude International Friendlies From Season-Ticket Package
Published September 27, 2012
THE PEOPLES' CHOICE: SPORTING NEWS' Brian Straus writes the Sounders "are going to historic lengths to ensure that fans still matter." Starting Oct. 7, season-ticket holders and members of the MLS club's fan association, called the Alliance, "will have the opportunity to vote on whether to 'retain' or express a 'lack of confidence'" in Hanauer. If "lack of confidence" wins, the club "actually will hire a new GM." For the most part, this is a "no-lose situation for the Sounders and for Hanauer," as it is "great publicity and makes for fantastic fan relations." As a minority owner of the club, Hanauer "won't be on the unemployment line if voted out." But it is "unlikely going to come to that," as Hanauer is "a Sounders institution." At least 10,000 votes are "required for the Oct. 7-Dec. 7 election to be valid and the results will be authenticated by an outside accounting firm." The club's Twitter feed "already has featured #AdrianIN and #AdrianOUT hash tags -- a sign the Sounders will have a bit of fun with this election" (SPORTING NEWS, 9/27).
HITTING THE RESET BUTTON? Sounders Majority Owner Joe Roth said of the team's Xbox jersey sponsorship, which expires after next season, "We don't have anybody. We're looking. ... They're not out of the running, they've just had a very unimaginative conversation over the course of the past year. They see things differently than we do" (SEATTLE TIMES, 9/27).