14 November 2007

Football democracy

I saw that a website bought an English football club in the past days. At first I didn't think it was that interesting. Until I came to understand that the website Myfootballclub is actually going to decide everything by voting. So fans join the website, pay 35£ and then have equal voice in decisions regarding their team Ebbsfield United FC.

That's cool. eDemocracy. The ultimate fantasy league management. Of course the club is actually fourth tier, so who knows how competitive the football is, or will be. Especially if the club is run by a bunch of drunken yobbos.

But the idea is attractive. From a business sense: membership will fill the coffers, and fan/owners and looky-loos should fill the stadium. From a fan standpoint: who wouldn't want a say in decisions.

We'll see how it pans out, but the odds are on it being a harbinger of some changes in professional sports ownership rather than solely a curious anomaly.

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