Friday, August 26, 2005

The man behind the "hoops" resigns

FC Dallas's GM Greg Elliott stepped down yesterday. The clubs owners say they are looking for change. Elliott was the one who pushed for the name change (Dallas Burn meet FC Dallas) and came up with the red and white striped "hoops" uniforms (one good thing, one not so good).

During his time at the top, Dallas went from missing the playoffs to challenging the best in the West. He also oversaw the move into PHP stadium.

Although the timing of this announcement is a bit shocking, I can't say it is surprising. He was brought in at a time when the club was looking to make big changes and he has made those changes. Now the club does not need someone who can handle the building of a new home, they need someone who can grow the team and sell season tickets. This is also a big task, but it is a very different task. Has the article states, "Elliott's focus was generally on the competitive side of the organization. While winning is always important in pro sports, selling seats inside FC Dallas's new stadium may be paramount to an ownership group that oversees the $85 million complex."

There you go. He has one view and the owners have another. Guess who wins.

4 Comments:

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11:27 AM  
Blogger Drew said...

The whole FC Dallas thing is pretty bizarre. They biuld a "soccer only" facility, which is a good move, but they put it an hour north of Dallas, thus cutting off their Hispanic supporters. (as well as early 30 soccer fans that actually live in the city). Funny how I'll fly to Washington, DC to watch Chelsea but won't drive an hour to watch my "hometown" team. Cool blog BTW.

11:49 AM  
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Blogger Mike H said...

Drew, thanks for the kind words about the blog. I know what you mean about not going the short distance to watch the home team.

I have yet to visit PHP, but its location seems a bit off. I guess they are hoping for a more North Dallas suburban crowd. That said, if they present a great team, I'm sure more people will start making the drive.

1:33 PM  

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