We, the fans of the Seattle Sounders FC, do hereby request the reinstatement of Ross Fletcher as the official play-by-play announcer of the Sounders FC organization.
The non-renewal of his contract for the sake of "change" goes against the idea of "democracy in sports" that was touted by the team's ownership and front office during our inaugural season in 2009. The fans of the Sounders FC cannot be a part of a democracy if the leaders of the organization change things in our name that we do not want changed.
Why is this important?
During the inaugural season in 2009, the Seattle Sounders FC front office said that the Sounders FC organization would be a team that is exemplified by "democracy in sports".
However, the recent decision by the Sounders FC organization not to renew Ross Fletcher's contract for the sake of "change" goes entirely against this idea, especially when the vast majority of fans did not request this change to occur.
Ross Fletcher has been a well known, well loved voice of the Seattle Sounders for the past 4 years now. He brings energy, flair, humor, passion, and love to every word he speaks on air!!! Sports teams around the world have their long-established and beloved voices that fans look forward to hearing week after week. The Sounders FC organization should stick behind Ross Fletcher and allow him the opportunity to be that voice for our team for years to come!!!