Created on 04-05-2010 at 00:00 AM
On his election to club president, Uli Hoeneß promised regular consultation meetings between the board and the fans. And Hoeneß is a man of his word, as he showed with the inaugural meeting in March. The second round table event took place prior to Saturday’s meeting with Bochum, when the executive committee spent more than two hours dealing with ideas, questions and criticism.
The fans who were there to grill the committee had applied for the inaugural event but could not be accommodated due to the huge demand. On this occasion, committee members Uli Hoeneß, Bernd Rauch and Dr. Fritz Scherer called in expert help from fan liaison officer Raimond Aumann, media manager Peter Renner, ticketing manager Oliver Meßthaler, and Allianz Arena CEO Jürgen Muth.
Hoeneß in his element
The first question asked about financial inequalities in Europe’s major leagues. With FCB through to the Champions League final, Hoeneß was in his element, pointing out that the German system of licensing according to sound financial practice was now regarded by UEFA as exemplary. One proposal under discussion is to cap operating losses at €15m per season in order to receive a licence for European club competition.
Leonard Andy, a fan club chairman from Luxembourg, presented his thoughts on liaison with overseas fans, and the possibility of expanding media-based communication with these supporters. Aumann pointed out the extensive range of topics covered by fcbayern.de and FCB.tv, but also announced a working group to examine adding a French version of the site to the existing English, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.
Rauch on capacity issues
Bernhard Haucke rose the issue of limited sports hall capacity for the club’s non-footballing sections in Munich. Rauch acknowledged that the 55 indoor sports teams run by FC Bayern often faced difficulties obtaining sufficient hall capacity. He reported on ongoing discussions with the city authorities, and said he was confident the men’s basketball first team would start next season at the specifically-converted former Olympic ice rink.