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"Virtuality Is Reality"

Andy Dolich


"It's Never the Act -- It's Always 

the Cover-Up"

Pete Elman

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A handy list of games involving San Francisco Bay Area teams and
their dates and times and a Memorable Sports Moment or SportsPulse
Monday, May 11 through Sunday, May 17
Issue No. 67

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Monday, May 11
Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies,
     6:30 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Boston Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. Round Rock Express, 7:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats v. Albuquerque Isotopes,

     12:05 p.m.

Tuesday, May 12
San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Boston Red Sox, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Iowa Cubs, 6:30 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. High Desert Mavericks, 7:10 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13
Golden State Warriors v. Memphis Grizzlies,
     7:30 p.m.

San Francisco Giants @ Houston Astros, 5:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Boston Red Sox, 12:35 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Iowa Cubs, 12:08 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Las Vegas 51s,

     10:35 a.m.

San Jose Giants @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. High Desert Mavericks, 7:10 p.m.

Burlingame Dragons FC v. U.S. Soccer Lamar Hunt

     Cup, 7 p.m. 

Thursday, May 14

San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Iowa Cubs, 12:08 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Modesto Nuts, 7:05 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. High Desert Mavericks, 

     11:05 a.m.

Friday, May 15

Golden State Warriors @ Memphis Grizzlies,

     TBD (if needed)

San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds @ Iowa Cubs, 7:08 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Visalia Rawhide, 7 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Modesto Nuts, 7:10 p.m.

Burlingame Dragons FC @ Fresno Fuego,

     7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, May 16

San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds, 4:10 p.m.

Oakland A's v. Chicago White Sox, 6:05 p.m.

San Jose Earthquakes v. Columbus Crew, 7:30 p.m.

San Jose SaberCats @ Spokane Shock, 7 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. New Orleans Zephyrs,

     6:35 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Albuquerque Isotopes,

     6:05 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Visalia Rawhide, 7 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Modesto Nuts, 7:10 p.m

Sunday, May 17
Golden State Warriors v. Memphis Grizzlies,
     TBD (if needed)

San Francisco Giants @ Cincinnati Reds,

     10:10 a.m.

Oakland A's v. Chicago White Sox, 1:05 p.m.

Nashville Sounds v. New Orleans Zephyrs,

     2:05 p.m.

Sacramento River Cats @ Albuquerque

     Isotopes, 12:35 p.m.

San Jose Giants @ Visalia Rawhide, 1 p.m.

Stockton Ports v. Modesto Nuts, 2:09 p.m.

Burlingame Dragons FC @ Golden State
     Misioneros, 7 p.m. 

Minor League Team Affiliations

Nashville Sounds, (Oakland A's) -- AAA,

     Pacific Coast League

Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants) --

     AAA, Pacific Coast League

San Jose Giants (San Francisco Giants) --    

     Advanced A, California League

Stockton Ports (Oakland A's) -- Advanced A,

     California League



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Cal BB (W): Pac-12 Network
Cal football: KGO 810 AM
Fresno Grizzlies: KYNO 1430  AM
Fresno State football: 940 AM ESPN Radio
Golden State Warriors: KNBR 680 AM
Oakland A's: 95.7 FM The Game
Oakland Raiders: 95.7 FM The Game
Sacramento Kings: KHTK 1140 AM
Sacramento River Cats: Talk 650 AM KSTE 
San Francisco 49ers: KNBR 680/1050 AM, KGO
     810 AM, KSAN 107.7 FM
San Francisco Giants: KNBR 680 AM
San Jose Earthquakes: 1590 KLIV  AM,
      1370 KZSF AM (Spanish)
San Jose Giants: MiLB Gameday Audio
San Jose SaberCats: KNBR 1050 AM
San Jose Sharks, KFOX 98.5 FM San Jose,
       102.1 FM San Francisco
San Jose State football: KLIV 1590 AM
Stanford BB (M): KNBR 1050 AM, TBS (TV)
Stanford BB (W): KZSU 90.1 FM
Stanford football: KNBR 1050 AM
Stockton Ports: KWSX 1280 AM
UC Davis football: KTHK 1140 AM


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For Your Viewing Pleasure

Steph Curry 2015 - Rich Yee
Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry has his work cut out as he attempts to rally his team from a 2-1 deficit against the Memphis Grizzlies. The fourth playoff game takes place Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in Memphis. Photo by Rich Yee.


Giants - Ed Jay - 5-9-15

On Saturday night the Giants dropped a 6-2 decision to the Miami Marlins at AT&T Park. Madison Bumgarner gave up three runs in the fourth inning, from which the Giants never recovered. Above, Marlins Giancarlo Stanton steps to the plate to face Bumgarner. Last year Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract deemed to be the richest contract in North American sports. Ed Jay Photography.


Madison Bumgarner - 5-9-15 - Rich Yee
Despite taking the loss Saturday night versus the Marlins and some early-season hiccups, Madison Bumgarner's ERA continues to drop, now standing at a respectable 3.30. Photo by Rich Yee.


A's Sogard - 4-29-2015

Slick-fielding A's second baseman Eric Sogard completes a double play, erasing Grant Green, but the Los Angeles Angels would prevail, 6-3. Photo by Michael Zagaris.


Mark Cavendish wins the first stage of the 10th presentation of the Amgen Tour of California in Sacramento on Sunday. The 126.2-mile course ended with a close sprint to the finish line. Cavendish, of Great Britain, MBE, is considered the fastest cyclist in the world and is the most successful sprinter in the history of the Tour de France. Many professional cyclists from around the world have used the Tour of California as preparation for the European tours later this year. The race, which is broadcast to over 200 countries and spans 700 miles, will end this coming Sunday in Pasadena. 

Photo by Ed Jay Photography.


Mazda Raceway

Bar 1 Motorsports' entry in the 2015 Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was their No. 16 TOP1 oil prototype entry, driven by John Falb and Todd Slusher, which took fifth place in the TUDOR Championship on Sunday.  During a Friday practice run, Slusher spun out at the top of the track's famed corkscrew in turn No. 8 and landed in the sand and gravel beyond, re-entering the track at the bottom of the corkscrew in turn No. 9, with debris flying in his field of vision and the driver's side of the front spoiler scraping the track.

Photo by Kenny Karst.


Mazda Raceway - 5-2015 Kenny Karst

The Mazda Girls represented their namesake track during the Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Photo by Kenny Karst.


Rory McIlroy - 5-2015
Rory McIlroy, the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, exalts after defeating Gary Woodland to win the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play tournament, held at Harding Park earlier this month. Mcllroy, winner of the PGA Championship in 2012 and 2014, takes home a winner's purse of $1,570,000.
Photo by Ed Jay Photography.


SF Bay Bombers - 5-2-15 - Ron Sellers

Not the best of friends: Emotions ran high Saturday night as the San Francisco Bay Bombers defeated the Brooklyn Red Devils at the Alameda Point Gym, skating to 51-49 victory in front of a joyous standing-room-only crowd. Photo by Ron Sellers.


Ultimate Frisbee - 5-2015 Ron Sellers

The San Francisco Flamethrowers hosted their Bay Area rival, the undefeated San Jose Spiders, at Laney College in Oakland under gusty winds on Saturday afternoon. With short, low-controlled passing, San Jose won 20-18 to take a commanding lead in the AUDL West division. Photo by Ron Sellers.


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Virtuality Is Reality 

Andy Dolich


The four major professional sports leagues, NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, are running out of new revenue sources. Premium seating, suites and season tickets are increasingly more difficult to sell and renew. No-show rates at games are increasing. Teams are struggling to monetize the growth in social networking and all forms of new media. Team owners are asking their business-operations executives where the new revenue will be coming from. There are no easy answers.


The huge payday of legalized betting on the Big Four sports leagues won't happen in our lifetime, although NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has launched a trial balloon over the past few months to see what the public reaction would be.


Will teams and leagues allow corporate names on their uniforms? Yes, check that one off, starting with training camp and practice, with the NBA moving into full logo mania. Major League Soccer has been bold enough to follow the example set by international soccer teams. Are we looking at a day in the future when we will hear "The General Electric Basketball League is proud to present tonight's game between the Tesla Warriors and the General Motors Pistons"? Yes, that day is coming.


The next significant new revenue source for professional sports could be ... virtual.


Teams have the ability to package significant pieces of inventory and benefits into virtual yet tangible off-site season tickets on a platform constructed to generate unmined revenue without cannibalizing existing team profit centers.


There are tens of millions of fans devoted to 122 North American professional teams who will never set foot in the home venue. According to Navigate Research, the market of fans who are very interested or somewhat interested in the Big Four sports are as follows: NFL: 83 million fans; MLB: 59 million; NBA: 41 million; and NHL: 21 million. There are over 200 million fans interested in following their favorite teams, yet only 3.2 million have season tickets.


The reasons that keep fans from attending home games of their favorite teams are varied:


* Geography

* Affordability

* Time

* Lifestyle choices

* Ticket availability

* Free TV

* Pay TV

* New media

* Video games

* Fantasy leagues

* Accessibility

* Mobile applications

* Growing sophistication of interactive technology

* Enhanced TV: HD,3-D


What is a VST?


It's a season ticket structured to experience everything that happens in and around the game. The VST (Virtual Studio Technology) holder will be taking the trip to and from the venue through a virtual platform, experiencing the live environment during the season without actually being at the venue.


Advances in technology, interactivity, 3-D TV, video games, social gaming, mobile applications, video streaming and virtual spectatorship can bring VST holders into the stadium environment in an enhanced virtual yet tangible manner without actually being there or spending thousands of dollars on tickets.


Think of the current market of season-ticket-holder benefits as hundreds of pick-up sticks. The VST will bring order to this chaos. There will be a matrix of inventory that fans will be able to buy as part of virtual season-ticket packages that can open up a significant new revenue stream to professional sports teams.


Size of market


The four major professional sports attracted a combined audience of 150 million fans to their venues in 2014. That number includes season-ticket holders, partial season-ticket holders, groups, single-game purchasers and suite holders.


Teams keep their real number of full season-ticket equivalents (FSEs) under lock and key. The total number of account holders is less than the gross number of season tickets. There is a duplication factor inherent in fans attending multiple times and being season-ticket holders of multiple teams in a market. The numbers for season-ticket holders for each of the four major sports are as follows:


NFL:  32 teams averaging 68,000 FSEs --  2,176,000 season tickets

MLB:  30 teams averaging 16,000 FSEs -- 480,000 season tickets

NBA:  30 teams averaging 8,800 FSEs -- 264,000 season tickets

NHL:  30 teams averaging 10,000 FSEs -- 300,000 season tickets


TOTAL:  3,220,000 season-ticket holders


There is a multibillion-dollar market of spending from pro sports teams' fans that isn't being effectively marketed. By creating a unique proprietary service-product offering through one-stop shopping, teams and leagues will be able to create a new revenue pool that can break the stagnating revenue trend in pro sports.


The future


Virtual season-ticket packages will be scalable so that significant new revenue can flow to the rights holders.


I have sat on the other side of the table from today's vendors and entrepreneurs who are pitching various unconnected bits-and-pieces components of this virtual puzzle. No single entity is effectively addressing the matrix concept of the VST. Companies are trying to get teams to buy their products with promises of additional revenue or greater insight into existing fan behavior. At this point the market activation has many spokes but no hub. A strong Virtual Season Ticket product will capture new fans with their prized demographic information and provide a quantum leap in activating the virtual fan into a new revenue producer.


The days of the little piece of cardboard known as a ticket are slowly disappearing. As we peer around the corner, the VST could become just the ticket.


Longtime sports executive Andy Dolich has more than three decades of experience in the professional sports industry, mostly spent in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes stints in the NFL, MLB, NBA and NHL. He operates his consulting business, Dolich & Associates, in Los Altos. 


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Deflategate sacks a culprit.
Tom Brady
Tom Brady
Pete Elman  

It's Never the Act -- It's Always the Cover-Up

Pete Elman


As if I needed one, now I have yet another reason to hate Tom Brady. I just finished reading the first 139 pages of the Wells report; the last 100 pages are technical and statistical gobbledygook. (I know, I need to get a life, but the journalist in me demands that I know whereof I speak.) Once again, truth is stranger than fiction.


You can't put this one on coach Bill Belichick, no matter how much you might want to, no matter how many priors the Hoodie has; that is, in addition to Spygate, where the league fined him half a million bucks while docking owner Bob Kraft $250,000 and a No. 31 draft choice. Chump change for these guys. Did that stop them from winning the Super Bowl this year?


No, this one is on the golden boy, the Peninsula's own fair-haired Joe Montana 2.0, who honed his skills on the fields of Silicon Valley and parlayed what seemed to be average talent at Michigan into four championships. Except Joe never cheated, at least as far as we know. And guess what? Before you even get to page 10, there they are, in print, the revealing text messages from Jim McNally, a.k.a. the "deflator," for the past 32 years a part-time employee of the Patriots, whose job description as the officials' locker room attendant is not supposed to, but invariably does, include handling game balls, and, in this case, dropping f-bombs.


"Tom sucks," McNally texts, and then "F- Tom," several times, as he's conniving with Patriots equipment assistant John Jastremski to extort some free shoes and autographs out of Brady in exchange for deflating footballs, thus making it easier for Brady to throw those incredibly accurate lasers he's been killing teams with the past 14 years.


I heard snippets of Brady's interview with Jim Gray at Salem State University last Thursday, in front of a room packed with Patriots fans cheering everything Tom said. His answers to Gray's softballs were boringly predictable, but wait -- did I detect a chink in the armor? A shard of contrition? A teeny bit of concern that he might get suspended for a couple of games? That he might receive a (meaningless) fine? Nahh ... he couldn't care less. After all, he's Tom freakin' Brady, the all-American boy.


Let's not parse words. There are volumes of damning evidence in this report that contradict Brady's lies about not being involved. With every page comes stuff that points to a longstanding agreement between Brady, McNally and Jastremski about how Brady likes his footballs, and what indiscretions the other two would regularly implement to enable those demands.


Now one could rebut that the Colts game was a 45-7 blowout, so who cares? I care ... about the integrity of the game, the same way I care that Pete Rose bet on -- and probably against -- his Reds team for years (I also read the Dowd Report in its entirety, thank you); the same way I care that Lance Armstrong lied for years, leaving ruined careers and lives in his wake.


Before game day the Colts brass had contacted the NFL, stating their concern that the Patriots, who were long suspected of such chicanery, would attempt to use underinflated balls. All they wanted was "a level playing field." And referee Walt Anderson, a respected 19-year NFL official, inspects the balls himself before every game. So the great deception -- having McNally take the ball bag into the bathroom (captured on video) after Anderson checked the balls right before game time -- is the smoking gun. So much for the level playing field.


Brady, it is clear, lied about his involvement deflating the balls. He also blatantly lied about even knowing McNally. The report states that Brady, having not contacted McNally for at least six months before this incident, engaged in repeated calls and texts with him immediately after the Colts game. The list just goes on and on. What about the Patriots? Complicit. Guilty. They even tried to throw the NFL officials who tested the balls under the bus, saying they were to blame.


And do not for one minute think I will spare the mobsters who run the NFL my wrath. I have a question for these entitled, martini-swigging billionaires who are making money faster than they can count it, who secretly cheer every time another player -- in this case 49er linebacker Ahmad Brooks -- is busted for sexual assault. They crave the publicity. Do not think for a second that they care about women's rights, or "playing with class" (that's a good one, Jed).


My question is this, fellas: If you knew at halftime of the Pats-Colts game (which you did, according to the report) that all 11 of the Patriots footballs, which weighed in legally before the game, were now underinflated, then why in the hell did you not do anything then? Wait, I'll answer that. It's the money, stupid, the unholy cabal between the NFL and the networks, a deal made with the devil decades ago by Pete Rozelle which insured the hegemony of our violent national pastime. Nothing shall get in the way of that gold mine, certainly not sportsmanship.


Not only did the league not say anything during the game about the cheating, they had to wait three months before they trotted out an "investigation" that is whitewashed before it even gets dirty. But hey, doesn't this show they're serious about getting it right? Hardly. They have thrown millions at this, and when the dust settles nothing will change -- not that smug expression on Roger Goodell's mug, not the ratings that are going through the roof, and surely not football's stranglehold on the American sports psyche. And nobody would dare try to pry that fourth Lombardi trophy from Tom Brady's mitts.


So why am I so incensed? Hey, the balls were legit when they beat the Seahawks in the Super Bowl, right? That's not the point. It's about playing by the rules. Just come clean, Tom: say you cheated and you lied, and face the music. It's never the act, it's always the cover-up, and this is no different. Confess, and Americans will probably forgive you. We always do.


But it's not all bad. The ghosts of the Tuck Rule Game have tortured me since that fateful January day in the snow at Foxboro. Now, 13 years later, I and thousands of inconsolable Raiders fans are exacting just a little bit of payback. Twist in the wind, Tom ...


Pete Elman worked as a sportswriter for the Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune from 2000 to 2011. In 1991 he came up with the iconic moniker "RUN TMC" for the Golden State Warriors of the early 1990s. He is currently publishing a children's picture book with music entitled "Seasons, Rhymes In Time"(


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49ers Schedule


Date                  Opponent      Time                   TV

Sat., Aug. 15       @ Houston       5:00 p.m.             KPIX 5

Sun., Aug. 23       Dallas                5:00 p.m.            KPIX 5   

Sat., Aug. 29       @ Denver          6:00 p.m.            KPIX 

Thu., Sep. 3         San Diego         7:00 p.m.            KPIX 5   

Regular Season

Date                    Opponent      Time                 TV

Mon., Sep. 14       Minnesota       7:20 p.m.         ESPN

Sun., Sep. 20        @ Pittsburgh    10:00 a.m.        FOX

Sun., Sep. 27        @ Arizona         1:05 p.m.          

Sun., Oct. 4           Green Bay        1:25 p.m.        


Sun., Oct. 11        @ NY Giants      5:30 p.m.         NBC

Sun., Oct. 18        Baltimore          1:25 p.m.         CBS        

Thu., Oct. 22        Seattle               5:25 p.m.       CBS/NFLN

Sun., Nov. 1         @ St. Louis       10:00 a.m.         FOX

Sun., Nov. 8         Atlanta              1:05 p.m.           FOX        

Sun., Nov. 15       BYE

Sun., Nov. 22      @ Seattle         1:25 p.m.            FOX

Sun., Nov. 29       Arizona            1:05 p.m.            FOX        

Sun., Dec. 6         @ Chicago        10:00 a.m.         FOX

Sun., Dec. 13       @ Cleveland    10:00 a.m.         FOX        

Sun., Dec. 20       Cincinnati         5:30 p.m.           NBC

Sun., Dec. 27       @ Detroit        10:00 a.m.          FOX

Sun., Jan. 3          St. Louis           1:25 p.m.            FOX        

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Raiders Schedule


Date                Opponent        Time                TV

Fri.,  Aug 14       St. Louis           7:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU

Sat., Aug. 22     @ Minnesota   5:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU 

Sun., Aug. 30    Arizona              5:00 p.m.            NBC

Thu., Sep. 3       @ Seattle          7:00 p.m.         KTVU/KICU 


Regular Season

Date                Opponent          Time               TV

Sun., Sep. 13   Cincinnati            1:25 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Sep. 20   Baltimore            1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Sep. 27   @ Cleveland       10:00 a.m.          CBS   

Sun., Oct. 4      @ Chicago          10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Oct. 11    Denver                1:25 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Oct. 18    BYE                

Sun., Oct. 25   @ San Diego       1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Nov. 1    NY Jets                 1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun. Nov. 8     @ Pittsburgh       10:00 a.m.         CBS

Sun., Nov. 15  Minnesota           1:05 p.m.           FOX

Sun., Nov. 22  @ Detroit            10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Nov. 29  @ Tennessee      10:00 a.m.          CBS

Sun., Dec. 6    Kansas City          1:05 p.m.            CBS

Sun., Dec. 13  @ Denver            1:05 p.m.            CBS   

Sun., Dec. 20  Green Bay           1:05 p.m.             FOX

Thu., Dec. 24  San Diego            5:25 p.m.           NFLN

Sun., Jan. 3     @ Kansas City    10:00 a.m.            CBS

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San Francisco

Abbey Tavern, 4100 Geary Street

The Blue Light, 1979 Union Street

Bus Stop, 1901 Union Street

The Chieftain, 198 5th Street

Danny Coyle's, 668 Haight Street

Dave's, 29 Third Street @ Kearny

Final Final, 2990 Baker @ Lombard

The Holding Company, #2 Embarcadro Center

Il Pirata, 2007 16th Street

Jake's Steaks, 3301 Buchanan Street

Jullian's, 101 4th Street

The Kezar Pub, 770 Stanyan Street

Mad Dog in the Fog, 530 Haight Street

Mucky Duck, 1315 9th Avenue

Nickie's Bar, 466 Haight Street

Players Sports Grill, Pier 39, Buildings L & M

Polo Grounds, 747 3rd Street


East Bay

Brennan's Restaurant, 4th & University, Berkeley

Churchward Pub, 1515 Park Street, Alameda

City Beach, 4020 Technology Place, Fremont

Crogan's Montclair, 6101 La Salle Avenue, Oakland

Cue & Brew, 1029 Arnold Drive, #6, Martinez

Dan's Irish Sports Bar, 1524 Civic Street, Walnut Creek

Diamonds Sports Bar & Grill, 77 Hegenberger, Oakland

Ed's Mudville Grill, 6200 Center Street, Clayton

The Englander, 101 Parrott Street, San Leandro  

Evie's, 7138 Village Parkway, Dublin

Francesco's Restaurant, 8520 Pardee Drive, Oakland

Frank's Saloon, 2014 Marina Blvd., San Leandro

Funky Monkey, 22554 Main Street, Hayward

George & Walt's, 5445 College Avenue, Oakland

Grand Oaks Restaurant, 3701 Grand Avenue, Oakland

Go Sports Bar, 736 Washington Street, Oakland

Ivy Room, 860 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

Kingfish, 5227 Claremont, Oakland

Linguini's Pizza & Brew, 1508 Park Street, Alameda

Livermore Casino Sports Bar, 3571 First Street, Livermore

McCovey's Restaurant, 1444 N. California, Walnut Creek

Mr. Lucky's Bar & Grill, 1527 Locust Street. Walnut Creek

Oakland Moose Club, 690 Hegenberger Road

Oaks Corner, 4099 San Pablo, Emeryville

Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street, Alameda

Pacific Coast Brewing Co., 906 Washington Street, Oakland

Pasta Pelican, 2455 Mariner Square Drive, Alameda

Pete's Place, 610A San Pablo Avenue, Pinole

Rancho Sports Bar, 3912 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante

Ricky's Sports Grill, 15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro

Sports Edition Bar, Hilton Oakland Airport, Oakland

Stadium Pub, 1420 Lincoln Avenue, Walnut Creek

Tierney's Sports Bar, 540 San Pablo Avenue, Albany

WPLJ's Dance Club, 2112 North Main Street, Walnut Creek



7 Mile House, 2800 Bayshore Blvd.



The American Bull Bar & Grill, 1819 El Camino Real

Knuckles Historical Sports Bar, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame



Capers Eat & Drink, 1710 West Campbell   


Fair Oaks

Players Sports Pub, 4060 Sunrise Blvd.


Half Moon Bay 

Cameron's Restaurant Pub & Inn, 1410 South Cabrillo Hwy

Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., 390 Capistrano Road


Foster City 

The Club House Bistro, 1221 Chess Drive  


Palo Alto 

Sundance The Steakhouse, 1921 El Camino Real


Point Richmond

Up & Under, 2 West Richmond Avenue   


San Jose 

Bay 101 Casino, 1801 Bering Drive

Britannia Arms, 5027 Almaden Expressway

Britannia Arms, 173 West Santa Clara

Britannia Arms, 1087 De Anza Blvd.    


San Rafael 

Pete's 881, 721 Lincoln Avenue


Santa Clara

City Beach, 2911 Mead Avenue


Santa Cruz 

One Double Oh Seven Club, 1007 Soquel Avenue    



Stars Recreation Center, 155 Browns Valley Parkway

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