Should fans make team personnel decisions?
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Should fans make team personnel decisions?

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The Tennessee Volunteers thought they had their next head coach with Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, but an uproar from the Volunteers’ fans caused the athletic department to back off from hiring him. Should more teams do this? Listening to fans help retain attendance numbers, and keep a steady revenue stream. However, letting fans run the program neuters the administration, and causes chaos. What do you think? 🏀 ⚾ 🏈 ⚽ 🏒

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Let's face it; people who run sports teams have no idea how to run sports teams. Whether it's an owner in over his or her head, or an executive looking to cash huge checks—the front offices that make personnel decisions don't know how to do their job. Why not hand the reigns over to a group that is emotionally invested in the team that will give it the tender love and care it deserves? 

Fans may not have fancy degrees, but they have passion and knowledge. If they ran teams, it would be a product of love, not profit. An arena football team gave fans control to make decisions on colors, name and even calling plays. The experience allows fans to have control over their favorite team. Mess it up, and they have no one to blame but themselves. Why not apply that to personnel decisions?

Giving power to the fans makes them more invested. They would have a great stake with the teams' successes because they would be the ones who decide what a successful step should be. There is no downside to giving fans control of something they love so much.

With great power comes great responsibility. And fans as a collective are not responsible enough to wield that power. These are the same fans that drink way too much at games, get in fights and exhibit some awful behavior all in the name of fandom. Allowing them to a run a team would be a disaster for everyone.

Men on the field of play have livelihoods on the line. You think it's fair they can be cut or traded for one bad play? Fans should the leave running of a team to qualified professionals who know the ins and outs of a collective bargaining agreement or can negotiate a fair contract. Fans are great at supporting franchises, but asking them to run one is a disaster waiting to happen.

Allowing fans to run a team would be chaos, there would be too many cooks in the kitchen, and truthfully, no one will know what they are doing. Trusting fans with a sports franchise would be like trusting a toddler with a gun; don't let it happen.

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