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S.F. EXAMINER COLUMNIST LOOKS AT WARRIORS' WOES
Published October 15, 1997
Apathy toward Oakland sports teams, particularly the Warriors, was examined by columnist Gwen Knapp of the S.F. EXAMINER. Knapp: "[T]here are signs that the public love affair with professional sports is no longer absolutely unconditional. ... The Raiders and Warriors are on the verge of pricing themselves into invisibility. The Raiders can't draw enough people, at $41 to $61 a head, to sell out and end up on TV. The Warriors have had to discount their tickets radically in the last couple of weeks, and they may still not see a full house more than a half-dozen times this season." More Knapp: "For [Warriors Owner Chris] Cohan, the situation is particularly dire. ... If the Warriors can't move tickets now, with a new arena as a lure, next season offers even worse prospects. The team, for one thing, will have played futilely again, and the NBA will surely be engaged [in] a strike or a lockout" (S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12).