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Sold Out: Are Pro Sports Owners Obligated to Keep the Team in Town?

Oakland residents supported a losing team to support their city. The owners didn't seem to care.


An artist's rendering of the Warriors' proposed new arena on a San Francisco pier

Last night I watched my hometown baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, get shut out by their most hated rival in front of a crowd of barely 11,000 people while simultaneously reading news reports about Oakland's basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, moving across the Bay to San Francisco. I'm not sure I've ever felt so personally betrayed by sports.

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