Drew Carey says fan club will be able to vote out Seattle MLS GM

BIV

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I don't even know what to say about this. I mean it's soccer, so who cares, but would a major league team really runa franchise this way?

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[FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Comedian will own part of Seattle MLS[/FONT] [FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Carey says fans will get vote on GM[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica]Last updated November 12, 2007 9:38 p.m. PT[/FONT]
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica]By MATTHEW GASCHK
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No one can question Drew Carey's dedication. His inspiration? Maybe.
The comedian, television star and game-show host made assurances when he was announced as the latest addition to the Seattle MLS ownership group at the George and Dragon Pub on Monday that he was not just a marquee name to help create buzz around the new team.
When he injured his arm on the set of "The Price Is Right," he didn't go to the hospital, but instead met with Seattle MLS owner Joe Roth to discuss his potential involvement.
After discussing soccer and the Seattle market, Roth offered Carey a position in the ownership group.
Flexing his Hollywood muscle, Carey had two demands.
With the Arsenal-Reading game as a TV backdrop, Carey announced Monday that his involvement with the Seattle MLS club would mean a unique approach to running the team.
First, Carey wanted to allow fans to buy memberships that would allow them to, among other things, vote on the fate of the team's general manager.
"If you don't like the job he's doing, if he doesn't have a winning team, if you don't like the product, if you don't think the hot dogs taste good when you go to the stadium, you can just vote him out," Carey said, with co-owner and general manager Adrian Hanauer grinning in the background.
"We're not afraid to let the fans have the power," Carey added.
Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain and Atletico Barboa in El Salvador institute this democratic system and were Carey's inspiration. He even became a member of Barcelona after a recent European trip.
"I went to Europe and saw how Barcelona's organization was structured; I thought we should have that in America," said Carey, 49, a Cleveland native who became a soccer fan after attending an MLS game in Los Angeles and has been active in pursuit of a soccer fix all around the world ever since.
"No other fans in the United States will have the chance to do what Seattle soccer fans will be able to do," he said.
Second, Carey wanted to be part owner of the only professional team in America that has a marching band.
The ownership group of Hanauer, Roth and Paul Allen agreed to Carey's demands and brought him into the fold. The expansion team will be made official Tuesday during a downtown news conference that will include MLS commissioner Don Garber and Gov. Chris Gregoire.
For Carey, the announcement caps a year in which he has hosted two game shows and become engaged.
"Every month it seems like some big thing is happening. I don't know what's going on this year, but it's a good year to be Drew Carey," he said. "If I won the lottery I'd be the most hated man in the world."
The club is taking deposits for season tickets at mlsinseattle.com.
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moegolden

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this is something that makes soccer more interesting....and it hasn't worked badly for Real Madrid and FC Barca, right?

also, from all accounts, Drew is one of the cooler people in show business. I always thought he'd make a revolutionary type of sports team owner. I know Mark Cuban already may have cornered the "regular fan" thing, but I think Drew could do it in a way so that the league and other owners won't hate him.