Yesterday I received the following email directly from Rapids President Tim Hinchey in response to my post on Saturday:
This morning I sent the following response:Jason,Perhaps it might be worth your energy to at some point actually investigate your “concerns or claims” with our club prior to your blogging. Or perhaps not, clearly you’re call. Every “fan” has their right to criticize their home club even if completely unsubstantiated or inaccurate.However, we are not “killing time” on our coach search nor do you have any clue how to run a professional sports organization and any such complications when hire a head coach. Therefore, if you value actually learning more, give me call as like I did with SI last week, I’m happy to fully and honestly explain our efforts. If not, I find your blog completely ridiculous and nothing more than your own personal venting tool.Respectfully,Tim
Tim, I appreciate the interest in my blog. My writing is from the point of view of a dedicated Rapids fan, its not meant as reporting. My points in the article about our coaching situation were based on conversations Rapids fans are having this off-season. While I'm sure you have valid reasons for the decisions you are making you must realize that a major professional sports team not having a head coach a month after training camp opened and less than 4 weeks until the start of the season is highly unusual. Particularly since this isn't a new situation, Pareja left the team at the beginning of January. The fans are wondering what's going on and are understandably concerned about the effect the missing role will have on our season and on the players.I then received the following from Tim Hinchey:
I appreciate the offer to talk, but honestly I'm not interested in being a reporter. That type of media requires more work and focus than I can give it, and I wouldn't want to do a halfway job. If it helps you to look at my blog as "ridiculous" and "my own personal venting tool" then so be it, though I would hope that having fans interested enough in the team to go through the trouble of setting up a blog would be something welcomed by the Front Office, not belittled. I want nothing more than the Rapids to succeed and win another MLS Cup along with their first Supporters Shield and U.S. Open Cup as well as retain the Rocky Mountain Cup.If I can answer any more questions for you I'd be happy to, otherwise thank you for the feedback and good luck to the team in 2014. Please keep reading View From the Couch if you want the fans view from outside the organization.
90 minutes after my email to Tim, excerpts of it were posted on BigSoccer.If you make personal attacks and criticize me or staff in an ignorant fashion than simply expect my direct response. I choose not to do this to embarrass you publicly. Whereas that's how you chose to communicate your points, which is your right. As evidenced over my entire tenure, I rarely feel compelled to seek out our fan bloggers in any challenging way. However your comments where totally ridicuolus. Your email response asking and suggesting whether "I realize" we need a coach is offensive. I have worked in professional sports for over 20 years and I doubt I would be in my current position if I was so clueless.Bottom line is that blogs are public. If I feel any public comments about our club or my staff are offensive I will respond directly to the author. If the author or fan would like to have a true better understanding of how professional teams actually operate, then as always, I offer my accessibility to educate.As for what the fans think, I actively engage and respectfully respond daily. I also feel the majority of our growing fan base, including C38, feel more supportive and less critical of our current status. In fact, we've set a club renewal record for season tickets and have sold more than a 1000 new full season tickets thus far. These business metrics clearly indicate our fans are supporting the club and our efforts to find the absolute right coach for this club. Simply appointing any candidate to satisfy any minority outside pressure would be foolish.I have always read and supported all our fan blogs. We work hard to provide all of our bloggers as much access to this club as they need or want. I would match our front office against any in any sport for this access and interest.Sorry for my rant but like you, I have tremendous passion for this club and when I feel it has been unfairly harmed, I will fight for it.Respectfully,Tim