Press Box: MLS team gives fans a say

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

No one can say the Seattle Sounders FC don't care about their fans.
The Major League Soccer franchise appreciates fan feedback so much that they've implemented a new ticket policy and they're also giving the faithful an opportunity to vote on the fate of the team's general manager.
The team has set Oct. 7 as the date for season ticket-holders and fan association members to cast their ballots on whether to retain or show a lack of confidence in Sounders general manager Adrian Hanauer.
Comedian Drew Carey, a minority investor in the team, came up with the idea to say yea or nay on Hanauer. Voting will end Dec. 7. At least 10,000 votes are required for a valid election.
Every four years, the team will offer a similar opportunity to determine the general manager's fate. Spanish clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid have used a similar practice to elect or oust the team's president.
It's unlikely that Hanauer, a successful investor and businessman, will be voted out. The team is the most popular in MLS, averaging a league-best 42,000 per game.

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