Nov 28 2012

 

 

 

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Cities will do anything to obtain pro-sports teams. They give land away for free. They give them huge tax breaks. They help the sporting franchises build sports palaces. The failure to have an assortment of pro teams leaves the impression that they are not a world class city. However, Los Angeles has not has a pro-football team in well over a decade and they have remarkably survived as a world class city.

Every couple of years, teams threaten to move to another city who will give them even more goodies. Now the fans might be weighing in on their views on the issue simply by not attending games.

24/7 Wall Street has listed thirteen teams who are losing their fan base. Here the top five teams with the most dramatic drops in fans attending games.

1. Seattle Mariners

- 10-yr. attendance decline: -51.4%
- 2002 W-L record: 93-69 (finished 3rd in AL West)
- 2012 W-L record: 75-87 (finished 4th in AL West)
- League championships last decade: None

2. Cleveland Indians

- 10-yr. attendance decline: -38.7%
- 2002 W-L record: 74-88 (finished 3rd in AL Central)
- 2012 W-L record: 68-94 (finished 4th in AL Central)
- League championships last decade: none

3. Houston Astros

- 10-yr. attendance decline: -36.1%
- 2002 W-L record: 84-78 (finished 2nd in NL Central)
- 2012 W-L record: 55-107 (finished 6th in AL Central)
- League championships last decade: None

4. Arizona Diamondbacks

- 10-yr. attendance decline: -32.0%
- 2002 W-L record: 98-64 (finished 1st in NL West)
- 2012 W-L record: 81-81 (finished 3rd in NL West)
- League championships last decade: None

5. Dallas Stars

- 10-yr. attendance decline: -23.2%
- 2001-2002 W-L record: 36-28-13-5 (4th in Pacific Division)
- 2011-2012 W-L record: 42-35-5 (4th in Pacific Division)
- League championships last decade: none