Generally, I'd like to think the relationship is really good. The team is really open to letting us use space as needed to make tifo and store gameday supplies. They take care of away tickets for us. They seem very open to feedback from all supporters. The team president even came to a town hall hosted by the Cauldron last summer to address some concerns that had come up among supporters.
The team has done some more subtle things as a nod to the fans. Checkerboard and argyle patterns were used in the Cauldron first, then adopted by the team. That's cool. Obviously, we didn't create those patterns either, we just use them and so does the team and that's really fun. I feel like it's different when they use specific phrases that are more "ours", things we did come up with. Using those without consent or even a friendly heads-up is what bothers me.
Speaking for myself as part of the SG, I feel like what we make is ours and it's frustrating that the creative team at SKC doesn't always seem to view it the same way.
Well, first off, I haven't made the argument that nicknames should grow organically from the fans. I am not a representative of soccer fans as a whole, just myself here. I don't necessarily hold the same opinion of another soccer fan. So I'm not straddling the fence, you know?
That said, I see what you're saying. I do think this is a little different. I'm happy to hear the other side so let me know if I'm off-base here. Calling a team the bluebirds, or reds or blues, or magpies is something that happens as a result of the entire culture of the fanbase and it happens over time. It's developed naturally and it would be hard to find the exact origin or source. When we (the supporters group) design a tifo or design scarves that say "For the Glory of the City" or any other phrase, it feels dirty for that to get used by the team without consent or a conversation. I'm not a pro, I don't know the rules. I do know that when someone plucks your ideas and uses them in a way you didn't intend, it feels a little dirty. Like I said earlier, in a vacuum this probably isn't a big deal. It's just been happening for a while.
When we make something to support the team on the field, I don't feel like that gives anyone else free rein to use it as they please. The SG creative isn't like the AAA team or incubator for the team's creative.