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Sounders supporters begin vote on GM’s fate Oct. 7

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Sep. 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm with No Comments »
September 25, 2012 3:26 pm

Remember the Sounders’ “Democracy in Sports” pledge to let their supporters vote every four years on whether to retain the club’s general manager?

Well, it’s just about time.

Here’s a release from the club:

The Sounders FC announced today plans to hold the first general manager vote in U.S. professional sports. Sounders FC season-ticket members and Alliance members may vote on retention or lack of confidence for Seattle Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer.

The online vote will begin on Sunday, October 7 at noon (PT) and conclude on Friday, December 7 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). More details on the voting process will be announced next week.

In March 2008, the team launched a public vote to name the team and more than 14,000 votes were cast for some derivative of “Sounders”. Throughout the team’s history, season-ticket members have voted on the name of the association (Alliance), band name (Sound Wave), and Golden Scarf recipients to name a few.

Patterned after the FC Barcelona model, which boasts more than 160,000 members worldwide, Sounders FC season-ticket members will have a voice by participating in the general manager elections every four years.

Membership in the Alliance is complimentary for season-ticket members, and non-season ticket holders can join for an annual fee of $125. Benefits include voting privileges, membership pin, membership card, discount at team shops, an invitation to the annual meeting, electronic newsletters during the season and more.

For more information visit www.SoundersFCVote.com.

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