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Joe Lacob sold San Francisco wrong Reviewed by Momizat on . I would highly recommend Marcus Thompson's piece on GSW's San Francisco PR gaffe. Marcus thinks Team Lacob could have used some humility and compassion to cool I would highly recommend Marcus Thompson's piece on GSW's San Francisco PR gaffe. Marcus thinks Team Lacob could have used some humility and compassion to cool Rating:
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Joe Lacob sold San Francisco wrong

I would highly recommend Marcus Thompson’s piece on GSW’s San Francisco PR gaffe. Marcus thinks Team Lacob could have used some humility and compassion to cool tensions with Eastbay fans. I agree, but I would have advocated an alternative method.

The message always should have been, “We’re one BART stop away, Oakland. C’mon down!” If you even thank and acknowledge Oakland fans, you’re signaling that this is a breakup, that the Warriors are turning the Bay into a moat by which to keep Eastbay hooligans shaking their fists from afar.

Except, it doesn’t have to be that way. The proposed stadium is as close to Oakland as you can possibly get while being in San Francisco. The trip from the West Oakland BART to the Embarcadero BART is seven minutes. Seven! This should be the selling point. Something to the effect of, “We’re trying to get as central in the Bay without being in the water.”

But Lacob kept talking, defending, rationalizing, promising. And then, he had to say that there are more Warriors season ticket holders from San Francisco than Oakland, a city less than half SF’s size. I’m not one to lecture people on proper PR, but: Dude, what the hell?

If you’re not a Bay Area reader, know this: It’s not just about Oakland, this is an Eastbay gripe. Folks in front of and behind the hills will be inconvenienced by this move, and it’s probably not a good idea to tout how they never mattered that much. And while season ticket holders are the most important way teams get attendance money, it’s probably not a great look to act as though they’re the only way. It sounds a bit like, “Hey locals who filled the upper bowl! My bowels have filled another bowl, feel free to eat the steaming result.”

The Eastbay region has twice the population of Oklahoma City’s metro area. Yes, the Bay Bridge folks are losing teams to San Francisco and the Silicon Valley, but this is still a massive part of an intra-Bay fanbase. You don’t part with this population lightly, or at least this crassly. Not when you’re leaving five years from now. If Lacob thought the boos were bad before…


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  • SFWarriorsFan

    * – Guy who lives in the South EAST Bay but works on the Peninsula

    Forgot to include that.

  • SFWarriorsFan

    “If you’re not a Bay Area reader, know this: It’s not just about Oakland, this is an Eastbay gripe. Folks in front of and behind the hills will be inconvenienced by this move, and it’s probably not a good idea to tout how they never mattered that much.”

    1 – Like you said, it’s only another extra 7 minute BART ride
    2 – Did you forget about the other fanbase on the Peninsula and the North? We were inconvenienced by having to go that shithole known as Oakland
    3 – When this is all said and done, the Warriors will be better off in San Francisco. Playing for the GSW would be more attractive now that they are in a better city. The arena will be one of the nicest in the NBA. And the arena will be packed and loud like AT&T is for the Giants. Yes, Oracle had a large attendance but as a fan, how can you complain about the move to SF? I personally like having the convenience of life outside of the arena with bars and restaurants. If you are a TRUE GSW fan, 7 more minutes of a BART ride should NOT deter you from going to SF to watch Warriors game.

    - Guy who lives in the South EAST Bay.

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