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Oakland unbelievably lost all three of its pro sports teams in just 5 years

News of the Oakland Athletics officially finalizing plans for a new stadium in Las Vegas will hit one place harder than most.

The loyal professional sports fans that actually reside in the city of Oakland.

When the Athletics leave for Nevada, their departure will mark Oakland losing its third and final pro sports team in the last four years. The Golden State Warriors, while still in the Bay Area, actually play their home games in San Francisco now and have since 2019. Meanwhile, the Raiders made their move to Las Vegas official in 2020.

Now, after years of the Athletics hurting their fans by not investing much in the on-field product, they, too, will leave for Las Vegas. It’s a sad story for a city that undoubtedly had so much love for the Athletics, Warriors, and Raiders. These respective fanbases deserved better. They deserved someone to cheer for.

Sports fans reacted similarly to Oakland’s latest huge pro sports team loss on Twitter.

Oakland lost the Raiders, Warriors, and A’s in a 5 year span

Just terrible

Oakland with no pro sports team is terrible

— Jason Maples (@JJMaples55_MST) April 20, 2023

Hurting for Oakland.

This is why the Packers were smart to have the foresight to incorporate as a non-profit, structured so that it would essentially be impossible for an owner to move the team.

All pro sports should operate that way. Obviously won’t happen, but should.

— Jay Sorgi (@jsorgi) April 20, 2023

The city of Oakland has lost three professional sports teams in the last five years

Warriors in 2019
Raiders in 2020
Athletics in 2023

Not sure how you recover from that if you are a sports fan in the area. It’s just awful

— Joe Orrico (@JoeOrrico99) April 20, 2023

Feel terrible for Oakland fans. There is a cynical side to sports, but there’s one to everything if you try hard enough. Teams become a part of the family or an escape for many. If you’re a fan, they’re a part of the strongest memories with the most important people of your life.

— Ken Carman (@KenCarman) April 20, 2023

Zero major pro sports teams left in Oakland by 2027. Sad day.

— Sam Lloyd (@llamsoyd) April 20, 2023

All 3 of your major sports teams relocating in just the last few years is horrible. Oakland sports fans don’t deserve this

— Neel (@superneel060) April 20, 2023

The exodus of sports from Oakland is an ongoing tragedy. Three teams have abandoned their long time, loyal community. Disgusting.

— Jack (@RealJackKeeney) April 20, 2023

There will be no professional sports teams left in Oakland soon. Sad for the fans who deserve better.

— Holden Walter-Warner (@hwalterwarner) April 20, 2023

the fans of Oakland deserve better because within a span of 5 years, they’ve now lost:

– Warriors
– Raiders
– & now the A’s

just awful now that they don’t even have a sports team

— David Santana (@dsantana310) April 20, 2023

Oakland lost the Raiders, Warriors, and A’s in a 5 year span


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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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