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Sports fans: Let the customers decide

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Comedian Drew Carey, part owner of the Seattle Sounders soccer team, has a novel idea: Let fans vote on management.

He got the idea from Spanish teams whose fans vote on key members of the club’s front office.

Now every four years in Seattle, the members association can oust the general manager and have the owners hire somebody else. If a quarter of fans sign a petition, an off-year election will be held.

The move is part of a strategy of fan engagement, but for its first three years in Major League Soccer, the Sounders won the longest-standing soccer tournament in the United States.

— Adapted from “Drew Carey knows how to fire someone,” Joe Frontiera and Dan Leidl, The Washington Post.

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