The Seattle Sounders are against one of their biggest rivals for a chance to host MLS Cup on Sunday. They're opening up the stadium section-by-section, hoping to pack in as many people as possible. Considering none of Seattle's other teams are in action that day, it would be a pretty easy thing for everyone to get behind.
Well, not everyone.
The Seattle Seahawks -- whose owner still has a 25 percent stake in the Sounders even after the two sides split business operations -- are trying to entice people to attend a Portland Trail Blazers game on the same night. Paul Allen also owns the Blazers.
It's Seahawks Night this Sunday, November 30th as the Portland Trail Blazers battle the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Moda Center. As a special offer to all Seahawk Fans, you are eligible to receive up to 30% off select tickets to this game. Help us celebrate our favorite NFL team as we have special guest appearances at the game by the SeaGals, Blitz the mascot and photo opportunities with the Seahawks' 2014 Vince Lombardi Championship Trophy.
Even though the Seahawks put this offer out on their presumably massive email list and tweeted it out from @winSeahawks to its 24,000 followers, chances are there aren't a lot of people who will take advantage of this offer. The Trail Blazers only have about 1,500 tickets to sell for any given game, there's a limited number of people that are going to decide to drive to Portland for a random NBA game instead to Seattle for the biggest game in Sounders history and those that do are probably among the Seahawks' sizable Oregon-based season-ticket holders, but this is still a weird move by the Seahawks.
Let's remember that about seven months ago, the Sounders and Seahawks shared business operations. The two sides have mostly stayed out of each other's way since then, but this promotion seems to suggest that may be changing. The Blazers aren't threatening to syphon off much, if any, support with this offer, but the optics of it aren't good. At the very least, it's a bit tone deaf. At the very worst, it's a finger in the Sounders' eye. This is potentially a huge moment in Seattle sports. It would be great if all of its teams were supporting each other.