Sounders FC and the Alliance Council have approved a constitution and charter, and those documents can be ratified by a two-thirds majority vote by season ticket holders and Alliance members. The documents and voting information are available on the team website.
Voting is open and runs through 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 12. Each season ticket account is limited to one vote.
From a team release:
The Alliance Council and representatives from the front office recognized the need for a governing document that outlines the rights, responsibilities and powers of the fans, the organization, the community, and the relationships between one another. The Alliance Council drafted the documentation which has been approved by the organization.
Alliance membership comes free to season ticket holders. Non-season ticket holders can join for an annual fee of $125. Membership includes, according to the release, “voting privileges, a pin for years of membership, a membership card, discount at the team shop, information on matters relating to the association and the team, and an invitation to the annual meeting and season review highlight film premier.”
Here are some highlights from the documents, also provided in the release:
- An annual business meeting for the Alliance to provide feedback to the club;
- Opportunity to commend or critique Club through member resolutions;
- Recognition of Supporters Groups as unique partner in the club’s success;
- Greater transparency in Alliance Council activities;
- Bylaws that govern Alliance operations.
- The right to decide on the retention of the Club’s General Manager via an Alliance-wide vote as scheduled by the Club, but not sooner than every four years;
- The right to decide, via methods determined by the Alliance, two of the Club’s charitable partners annually;
- The right to decide, via methods determined by the Alliance, matters regarding game-day experience;
- The right to decide other matters that primarily affect the fans’ and supporters’ game-day experience.
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So what do you think of “Democracy in Sports” in action?