Grizzly Posted March 30, 2011 Share Posted March 30, 2011 I'm sorry but I'm going to need to see some kind of proof for this kind of statement. Show me a professional soccer team where "hardcore supporters" ran away in droves, causing the eventual failure of the club. If some goof-ball in a costume is going to keep a "hardcore supporter" away, then they weren't really hardcore were they? This seems like a really easy way to dump on the club, when they're just attempting to expand their market. FCE has been doing a good job of trying to get out to bars for Champions League games and promote their brand, talk to the supporters in Edmonton and help figure out what they need to do, and just all around be as present as they can be in the community. Edmonton is a tough sell because of failed pro soccer before I realize, but having people slamming it for trying to expand is just petty. Hell, I think a lot of casual fans would see a mascot as being more professional than having nothing there. This is just the way sports run in North America. Look at all the other sports teams in Edmonton: Capitals have one, Eskimos have two, and the Oilers have their cheer team. Now if we had commercials playing with ballsie the FC Edmonton Soccer ball telling fans that they can come down to Foote and sit in his happy fun section to cheer on the FCE, that would be something completely different. There is nothing wrong with attempting to attract fans through whatever means possible. A kid and their parent pay just as much as a hardcore supporter. Why can't the team attempt to attract both without being slammed? I feel like you look to TFC and their fanbase way too often as the measuring stick for fans in this country. Richard already made a great point of Vancouver having a mascot for a long time, and did very well with it. Look where they are now... MLS. Do I like the idea of a mascot? Not really, I find them distracting and stupid. However, if it helps the team survive, I'll live with it, and watch the play while the mascot is pulling off some stupid antic. I'm pretty sure that you'll find any number of other "hardcore supporters" like myself who will do the same. A mascot will not drive away hardcore support, it will drive away potential hardcore support. The ones who are hardcore supporters already will come mascot or not, those who might become hardcore supporters if they went to a few games and found it cool are the ones who this will affect negatively. Every thing like this that makes FCE and the game atmosphere "less cool" will negatively impact that group of potential fans who would come to a lot games, buy a lot of merchandise/food/drinks and possibly join a supporters groups, ie. the type of fans the club will need both to survive longterm and to provide the atmosphere that will attract others. Why f-uck this up to have a mascot that if it attracts anyone will only be kids who will come with their parents to one game a year? If they want to young people, they should be aiming for high school kids or university students not 8 year olds. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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