There’s an old adage in the sports business, among management and coaches, that fans are always to be appreciated, while at the same time their comments and advice ignored. Essentially, the wisdom boils down to this: Listen to the fans, and soon you’ll be sitting with them.
The Seattle Sounders, Major League Soccer’s best-attended franchise, have tossed that wisdom to the wind by offering to throw their general manager to the masses. Starting Sunday, Sounders ownership is encouraging season ticket-holders and other valued customers to vote whether general manager Adrian Hanauer should keep his job. It should be duly noted that the vote is binding and will wrap up Dec. 7, yes, Pearl Harbor Day.