I lived in the Bay Area for a couple years.
Sports isn't the high priority in the first place. We are, after all, talking about San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Wine County, Livermore Laboratory, Marin County, Half Moon Bay, even Santa Cruz- there's a lot to do, be, what have you. Some of the most fun I had down there was making beach trips- in January, before hitting the Cow Palace for a Sharks game at night.
Then when you get to sports, you have the Giants AND A's, the Niners AND Raiders (I lived there when the Raiders were in LA, but local media still kind of catered to old-time Raider fans), Warriors, Sharks, and a healthy soccer contingent (caveat being that it's probably pro-Mexican soccer). With all that, and with a metro area that's big, but not LA, somewhat spread out, but without too many traffic alternatives, something has to give. There usually isn't enough time on local TV to deal with Cal and Stanford sports. That's how the cookies crumbles there.
Then there's the state of California overall. Long Beach, Fullerton, Pacific all canned 1-A programs. I suspect this is the fate at San Jose State, and I think it's because football doesn't have the same fan base there that it has over most of the country. People find ways to build baseball stadia, while LA still meekly tries to burrow their way back into the NFL... and the changing demographics mean soccer becomes a growing priority.
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