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Giants, A’s fans implore club to ‘Stay in Oakland!’

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Wearing Oakland green and gold and Giants orange and black, thousands of fans from both sides of the bay stood together to protest the Athletics’ planned move to Las Vegas during San Francisco’s 2-1 victory Tuesday night.

Click here to read the story at espn.com.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Often times you hear the cliche in sports that it is “just business.” What does that mean?
  2. How might this story provide an example of sports being a business?
  3. Why do you think the A’s want to relocate to Las Vegas?
  4. What is fandom?
  5. How might the concept of fandom explain why fans from both the Giants AND the hometown A’s protest Oakland’s proposed move to Las Vegas?
  6. What are ticket sales?
  7. Why are ticket sales important to a team like the A’s?
  8. What is promotion?
  9. How might a sound promotions strategy help the A’s to increase ticket sales?
  10. What else could the team do to attract more fans to the ballpark?
Chris Lindauer
After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.

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