A spike in crime, failure to invest in new stadiums, and lack of success could all be blamed for driving three of Oakland's major sports teams out in recent years
Additionally, the rise of Las Vegas as a booming city was a magnet for franchises
Since 1960, at least one of the 'Big Four' North American sports leagues has had a team in Oakland, California. By 2027, that streak will come to a sad, sudden end.
'The Town' experienced its first heartbreak when the California Golden Seals of the NHL departed for Cleveland in 1976 and then ceased to exist within a matter of years.
Just five years later, after a complicated legal process, Raiders owner Al Davis forcefully brought his team down to Los Angeles. But his team's move to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum quickly proved to be a poor one and by 1995, the team was back in Oakland.