The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team located in Oakland, California who play in the West Division of the National League. Founded in Philadelphia in 1901, the franchise moved to Kansas City in 1955 and then to Oakland in 1968. The Athletics have won the World Series nine times. The first five titles were won in Philadelphia between 1910 and 1930 and the last four in Oakland from 1972 to 1989. Since the departure of the California Seals from the National Hockey League, and the relocation of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association and the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League, the Oakland Athletics are the only professional sports franchise still present in the city of Oakland. The team is owned by the American businessman John J. Fisher.
The franchise value of the Oakland Athletics has been increasing in recent years, reaching over one billion U.S. dollars during the most recent estimates, compared to 321 million U.S. dollars in 2012. This recent figure is nevertheless lower than the average MLB franchise value, which stands at just over two billion U.S. dollars. The team generated about 208 million U.S. dollars in revenue in the 2021 season, but the operating loss of the Athletics for that season amounted to around 8.7 million U.S. dollars.
Over 700 thousand attend games of the Oakland Athletics each season at the Ring Central Coliseum in Oakland, California, which has been the team’s home since 1968. The average regular season attendance peaked at over 25 thousand fans during the 2014 season, but dropped to under 10 thousand fans in 2022. The average ticket price for games of the Athletics has been quite stable over the past few years, but increased to 32.56 U.S. dollars in 2022. The team’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have over 1.4 million fans and followers combined.
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