Thursday, January 03, 2008
26,000 owners are better'n 1!
A "fifth-tier" English soccer club is set to become the first pro sports team which will be generally managed, if you will, by an online community:
"The question of who's the boss of England's small Ebbsfleet United soccer team is about to get interesting. If all goes as expected, the answer will soon be 26,000 people with Internet connections.
"This month, via a Web site called myfootballclub.co.uk, those soccer fans are slated to take control of the minor-league team in southeast England. Members of the group, including some 1,500 people in the U.S., built up their takeover offer by each pledging $70.50. If the deal goes through as expected, a professional soccer team will be run by an online community for the first time in the history of the sport."
I'm gonna make a prediction:
It is just a matter of time before an independent baseball team in America tries the run-by-the-Internet approach to gin up interest and support. Mark my words ...