There is a lot of buzz about Seattle Sounders FC today, and it isn't about how poorly they played against the Los Angeles Galaxy on May 8th at Qwest Field. It's for a gesture that still has me scratching my head: The club will credit all 32,000 season ticket holders their money back for the match on next year's season ticket purchase.
In old-day Seattle this would have met with a resounding sense of community spirit, a 'we are all in this together' vibe, and jovial applause by almost all. In today's more cynical Seattle sports landscape, it could be interpreted as not much more than a "ploy" or "publicity stunt" to distract fans from a club on the decline.
How do you see this? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
My take is more towards the cynical. It's hard not to give credit to General Manager Adrian Hanauer for his honest assessments today on Don Ruiz' TNT blog. However, just as soon as that breath of fresh air comes through, the club releases a press statement that can only be called self-serving.
So the Sounders care about our perceptions of them. Well of course they do, they are an entertainment business that relies on good buzz and good will.
I just wish the whole thing didn't seem so ... calculated.
Sounders FC General Manager Adrian Hanauer wasn't pleased just after Seattle's 4:0 loss to LA. (Joseph Armand)