Thursday, November 15, 2007

"Barcelona model" not actually Barca and socis

Just a short note, even though I'm excited about the selling of memberships of the new Seattle MLS team and the prospect of that actually giving fans a voice in the team, it doesn't seem likely to me that anyone outside of Drew Carey, Joe Roth, Andrian Hauner and Paul Allen will actually own a stake in the team.

It won't actually be a fan-owned team like FC United of Manchester, Yokohama F.C., or the Green Bay Packers.

In the Barcelona example, over 150,000 individuals, through the payment of yearly dues, own the Football Club Barcelona. Even though we'll pay dues to the Seattle club, we won't be owners. Any powers we have can be revoked by the owners.

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