The move to San Francisco is interesting to me. I feel good and bad about it at the same time giving me an overall neutral feeling. I've been going to about 10 or so games per year for the last few years and can't say that there could be a better crowd than what we have on a good day. The fans are the heart of this team right now and likely how we have performed so well with such strange rosters over the years.
The move to SF is going to change that. The same fan won't be going to the games. Think about those last few years for the Giants at the Stick. Die hards only. Move to downtown SF and the crowd was terrible. Felt like more people were watching their kids play out in left field than were watching the game going on in the infield. The money is rolling, but the experience is not made for the die hards who don't care where the game it, they come for THE game.
To take another step with the Giants, they aren't opening up the check books either. The World Series win was in some ways a fluke. They crawled back to make it to the playoffs and got a blank slate there and stayed hot. I'm not trying to downplay what they did - it was an amazing way to end the season - but now reality has settled in. They just weren't as good as they seemed.
So let's bring this back to the Warriors: This is a business built for the people getting paid. If it were structured for the fans, it wouldn't work. Lacob and Guber want to move the team to make more money. It is a business right? So what about the fans in Oakland and the dreams of a championship?
We are all being fed line after line. Playoffs? Nope. Big free agent signings? Nope. Hope for this roster? Some. A whole lot of talk? Yup! A whole lot of walk? Nope.
So are the owners really after a championship? I'm not so sure. The new stadium will not only be used for the Warriors, but many other events. It is going to be a cash cow for them and it's no wonder they want to privately fund it. These guys are business men who moved into the sports world to make more money.
Clearly the warriors were already a profitable team since they were willing to outbid everyone and buy the team for $450 million when the team wasn't estimated to be worth that much. Did previous profits = playoffs and championships? No. So why would future higher profits make anything different?
I don't care about how to get to the game or if the Warriors are Oakland's team because BART will still get you there cheaply and they aren't calling them Oakland Warriors or even the SF Warriors, in fact they are basically the California Warriors. I don't really are about those things.
It all comes down to winning. Where do our owners want to win more: On the court or in the bank? Are we all being fed the lines to bring us into the arena and spend our money? Let me know what you think in the comments.