By Trevor Williams, Sports Radio KJR
On Tuesday, The Seattle Seahawks announced plans to increase the involvement of season ticket holders in front office operations.
This increased involvement comes in the form of a panel, sure to excite die-hard Hawks fans.
The official name of the panel will be, “The President’s Fan Advisory Council” and is headed by Seahawks President, Peter McLoughlin.
In a statement, the Seahawks said, “Members of the President’s Fan Advisory council will have direct access, both online and face-to-face, with team executives in addition to an open forum to share their thoughts and ideas with those who can implement change.”
In response, on Wednesday Ian Furness and Jason Puckett reached out to Hawks fans and offered their services as “agents” who will strive to connect The Furness Show’s listeners with the Fan Advisory Council.
As soon as Furness and Puckett decided to open up their own interview process on KJR’s airwaves, the phone lines lit up.
They asked listeners what they would change about the current Century Link Field fan experience and there were numerous ideas.
Lower beer prices aside, it was clear that Furness and Puckett were not going to have time to address all the issues on Hawks fans’ minds.
So, tomorrow the Furness Show will go to the phones again in search of 950 KJR’s newest Fan Advisory Council member.
Listeners should prepare to interview over the phone and competition is fierce, as only one listener from Wednesday’s show locked up a call-back for tomorrow.
Hawks fans may be bracing themselves for the most grueling interview a non-paid, non-guaranteed position can provide, but that’s ok. In fact, it’s encouraged.
To interview tomorrow, The Furness Show requires that listeners be 21 years of age and currently hold season tickets with the Seahawks.
While there isn’t a specific dress code for interviewees, The Furness Show does encourage fans to get as creative as they can at work or at home tomorrow. At the very least, it should help candidates embrace the spirit of the 12th
So get ready. Tomorrow Furness and Puckett make their debuts as agents in search of the best candidate for the President’s Fan Advisory Council. Who knows? It could be you!
For more information on the President’s Fan Advisory Council, visit: seahawks.com
By Nate Hanson, Sports Radio KJR
It feels like May all over again. Elliotte Friedman of CBC told The Furness Show that the NHL could reward Seattle with an expansion franchise if the Coyotes stay in Phoenix.
“I would almost wonder if they expanded,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense to me that the league would let this Seattle thing walk away.”
Déjà vu? Just a little over a month ago Sonics fans heard the same rumors. While it appears the NBA will return to Seattle, there is still no guaranteed date. Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer’s pitch to the NBA seemed too good to ignore. Friedman thinks Commission Gary Bettman is in a similar situation.
“Is the NHL gonna suddenly say to these guys, who have 220 million dollars, we think, to put into a team, ‘thanks but no thanks’?” he said. “I can’t imagine him [Bettman] letting them walk away.”
Ray Bartoszek and Anthony Lanza are reportedly willing to purchase the Coyotes for $220 million. If Bartoszek and Lanza do not get public funding from the City of Glendale by July 2, they will reportedly move the Coyotes to Seattle.
That means the ball is still in the court of the Glendale City Council. Friedman said he is hearing that three council members are against funding the Coyotes, while three others support public funding. It could come down to newly-elected Mayor Jerry Weiers.
“One of the things that he ran on was that we have to stop giving these crazy subsidies for the Phoenix Coyotes,” Friedman said. “But since then, guys tell me he’s been showing up at games wearing a Coyotes jersey with ‘Mayor’ and ‘1’ on the back of it.”
Friedman went on to describe the quandary for Glendale. He said public jobs are being slashed, but that the city will lose a lot of money if the Jobing.com Arena, which hosts the Coyotes, is vacant.
“What are they willing to do, what are they not willing to do?” Friedman said. “And depending on what they choose, that’s gonna make the NHL’s decision for it.”
If the city of Glendale declines to fund the Coyotes, it seems the team will be in Seattle for the 2013-14 season. If so, KeyArena, which is not a hockey-friendly facility, will likely be the temporary home for the Coyotes.
“Are you willing to put up with short-term pain for long-term gain?” Friedman said. “I think if they knew they were getting a new arena, I think they would put up with the issue in the short-term.”
Although Friedman would not say the NHL’s arrival to Seattle is inevitable, he believes Seattle is as close as it’s ever been to getting an NHL team.
“Seattle’s chances have never been better than they are right now.”
Once again, Friedman would not leave out the possibility of expansion.
“They [Seattle] have two guys who are apparently willing to pay 220 million dollars to make it happen,” Friedman said. “If that’s the case, a league like the National Hockey League is not gonna turn that down if it’s actually there.”
You can listen to the entire interview below:
The inagural Mayor of Maple Valley Open comes your way on June 20 at Druids Glen Golf Course. It's a two-man scramble with plenty of great prizes to give away and all of the proceeds go to benefit the Ronald McDonald House.
The shotgun starts at 5:30 and it only costs $45 dollars - which includes Georgetown beer on the course and a BBQ after the round.
Here is the link to the website to sign up for the event.