I’m going to leave the specific soccer breakdowns to sharper minds like this, but I will say that this is one of those under-the-radar storylines locally. I adore most everything that Sporting KC has done^, especially their relentless and creative efforts of building a strong relationship with their fans. Other franchises —in Kansas City and other places — should try to copy some of it. ^ With one notable exception. But I do think the narrative has lost touch in a lot of places and I’m curious if another underwhelming playoff performance will bring it out. Like, take the people who think Sporting’s ownership group should buy the Royals. Even if we ignore that the Royals aren’t for sale, the idea that Sporting’s owners would spend more than what the Royals have been spending is, at best, built on hope and dreams. Sporting’s success has come without big spending on players, even by MLS standards. Why would that change if they jumped into the bigger money world of major league baseball. I know I’m tangent-ing here, so sorry. Point is, Sporting has earned a seat at the big boy table, in other words, and should be treated like it. If they don’t at least make the MLS Cup, some fair and tough questions should be asked of a franchise that’s heard almost nothing but compliments. And if they deliver the city’s first pro championship in more than a decade, they should be proportionally celebrated.
@mellinger Sporting didn't get the shield, but still had an amazing season. Will their pattern of underperforming in the playoffs continue?— Ben Davis (@bdaviskc) October 28, 2013
This isn’t something I’m all that worked up about. I don’t get Time Warner, and I’d like to watch those games on TV, but this is a business decision that KU has made. They know they’re pissing off a chunk of their fan base, and have apparently concluded that the math still works in their favor. I’m never one to think unnecessarily irritating your fans is ever a good idea, but this is a business decision. Let the market decide whether it was a smart one.
@mellinger as long as there's bonus TT, can you add something on KU preventing lotsa people who want to see product from seeing product?— Dan Hodes (@danhodes) October 29, 2013