It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team (and Seattle rally notes)

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by gregro, Nov 12, 2007.

  1. gregro

    gregro New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    The Emerald City
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I just returned from the George and Dragon soccer pub it Seattle. Joe Roth, Adrien Hanauer, Brian Smetzer (current Sounder Coach) and others. The place was packed with overflow crowd outside. The event was covered by local TV media.

    I was even asked to interview for KOMO TV (ABC) as well as KING TV (NBC). I am flattered that they asked me. I think I was standing in the right place at the right time wearing my Celtic kit and my supporters scarf so they figured I was a hardcore fan which I am!

    Of course Drew Carey showed up and walked in wearing the Emerald City Supporters Scarf and waving it high in the air.

    The special annoucement is that he indeed is part owner of the Seattle MLS franchise.

    One of his stipuations is that the fans will own a small piece of the team very much like the current FC Barcelona model. The fans will have the opportunity to become members of the club. Fans can pay in (an mount to be detrmined). In return, fans would get T Shirts, discounts on tickets, special events etc. Every 4 years the fans or club members will have a vote on who should be the team chairman.

    If the chairman is doing a good job I imagine they would vote him to remain in his post, if not then the fans would have the opportunity vote someone else in.

    Drew seems very excited to be part of Seattle MLS. He is a great evangelist for soccer and will be a great evangelist for our Seattle team. He is going to be interviewed at halftime on Monday, Night Football tonight and he will probabaly go into more detail about what I posted today.

    You will hearing a lot more about later on today and the big press conference is tomorrow! Stay Tuned!

    Greg
     
  2. TheLostUniversity

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Feb 4, 2007
    Greater Boston
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Thanks for the info. Couldn't make it to the announcement, but these proposals that Drew Carrey set forth sound damn good.
     
  3. Oatmeal

    Oatmeal Member

    Dec 2, 2006
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    That Barcelona model sounds sick. So if that sounders coach was there do we imagine that we have the seattle sounders in mls contrary to some recent reports?
     
  4. RfrancisR

    RfrancisR Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    New Orleans Diaspora
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Great! Hopefully they let him plug MLS Cup this week. Could you imagine if MLS Cup could get plugged with 15 million people watching?
     
  5. stucknutah

    stucknutah Member+

    Feb 14, 2002
    In the Office
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Um...you know that ESPN / Disney / ABC are owned by the same people and that the MLS Cup is on ABC...right?:rolleyes:

    The shocker would be if MLS Cup wasn't being pimped on ESPN...

    BTW...I like the part ownership idea...a lot. Could help create, and keep, hard core fans.
     
  6. Going Mobile

    Going Mobile Moderator
    Staff Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Club:
    CD Chivas USA
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Does this mean he won't be renewing his suite at HDC ?
     
  7. RfrancisR

    RfrancisR Member

    Aug 7, 2006
    New Orleans Diaspora
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Everybody knows that.

    Been watching ESPN all day today. Not a word about it.
     
  8. gregro

    gregro New Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    The Emerald City
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    It was not covered nationally only locally. They will probably pick up on the story later.
     
  9. ElJefe

    ElJefe Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Colorful Colorado
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    No more blow-up dolls for the Riot Squad either, I guess.
     
  10. flippin269

    flippin269 Member+

    Aug 3, 2003
    Houston
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Why would Seattle need so many owners? Is it to keep investment costs at a minimum, or because they're planning on averaging over 60K at Qwest and want as powerful an ownership group as possible?

    Anywayz, check this out...

    http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/thebigblog/archives/125783.asp?from=blog_last3

     
  11. ElJefe

    ElJefe Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Colorful Colorado
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    A marching band?

    That's uh... unique. Will they play some sort of fight song, or will they limit themselves to Gary Glitter, like the pep band in Houston?
     
  12. scheck

    scheck Member

    Mar 13, 2007
    Denver
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    So does the price to buy into the club vary with the value?
     
  13. JacksonJazz#9

    JacksonJazz#9 Member

    Dec 12, 2000
    Grand Ledge, Mich
    Club:
    Plymouth Argyle FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Likes: Drew Carey as an owner.... potential to own a bit of the team

    Dislikes: marching band...

    Suggestions: Drew Carey buys beers for everyone in the "fan ownership group"

    Question: How soon til Kasey Keller asks to be released from the bench and Fulham?

    Question: How soon til Seattle gets a World Cup Qualifier?
     
  14. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    - Hanauer: Because he's the one behind all this movement, he's been running a soccer team already and has connections. He'll be the Kevin Payne of this team.
    - Roth: Because he's the big money (as far as this operation is concerned, he's the main financial player).
    - Allen: He's even bigger money, but the main thing is he owns the stadium they're playing in, and is the reason why they'll be getting a good rent deal.
    - Carey: Because he wanted to invest in an MLS team, and this was his best opportunity in the near term to do so.
     
  15. TrickHog

    TrickHog Moderator
    Staff Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    We had enough out on the field playing for us this past season, thank you very much....
     
  16. MtMike

    MtMike Member+

    Nov 18, 1999
    the 417
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    who's hating on marching band in here??? No need for something that drastic.

    I Like the owner/fan club model.
     
  17. TheLostUniversity

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Feb 4, 2007
    Greater Boston
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Dunno, but I remember in an interview ESPN did with him during the height of Beckhamania, in the middle of a Galaxy match, he sounded strongly pissed off that they would be taking broadcast time from the match to talk to him as a "celebrity". Right then I wondered how long his genuine liking for the sport, and no "BS" [;)] attitude, would survive what was going on with LA. Maybe the answer was, "Not so long" :D
     
  18. KnucklesBuchanan

    Jul 12, 2007
    Section 149
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    I think the marching band idea is goddam hilarious.
     
  19. Mr. Bandwagon

    Mr. Bandwagon Member

    May 24, 2001
    the Barbary Coast
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    1) IIRC Keller was not benched by Fulham's coach. He lost his spot due to injury, and he is still recovering from that injury. I think he is hoping to be available for selection starting in January if things go okay, but I haven't been tracking him.

    2) Seattle MLS won't begin play for another year and a half, so he would probably want to play out his contract with Fulhama nd then see how things look next winter.
     
  20. TheLostUniversity

    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Feb 4, 2007
    Greater Boston
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    I'd like it best of all if Drew led the band :D
     
  21. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    He probably won't get it back, though, because the other keeper Niemi has found his form. I checked out Fulham's fan site and most thought that while he was playing he was pretty solid, but that he's their backup now.
     
  22. Mr. Bandwagon

    Mr. Bandwagon Member

    May 24, 2001
    the Barbary Coast
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Me too. Perhaps he was just joking, but it sounds fun if they go for more of a Stanford marching band thing than a serious drum beauty approach.

    Considering the #1 complaint against Seattle is the atmosphere that an over-sized stadium will have, a marching band sounds like a nice way to kick things up a notch and keep the place from feeling like a library.
     
  23. ElJefe

    ElJefe Moderator
    Staff Member

    Feb 16, 1999
    Colorful Colorado
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    That would be great for about three games before it got old, unless he did something different every game.
     
  24. The Marquis

    The Marquis Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Vancouver, WA
    Club:
    Portland Timbers
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    hahaha, Drew Carey once again gets my support for best celebrity ever.
     
  25. RoundBallNewbie

    RoundBallNewbie New Member

    Aug 23, 2006
    DC in exile
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: It's official! Drew Carey part owner of Seattle Team

    Heh it'll be midly amusing if they're trotted out for half-time entertainment and promotional events only. If they're playing during the action and drowning out the crowd, though.... The Great ECS-Marching Band War of '09, anyone?
     

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