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24/7 Wall St.: 12 Major League Teams Running out of Fans

11. Columbus Blue Jackets

Decrease in attendance: 21.76%
2001 W-L record: 28–39–9–6 (finished 5th in Central Division)
2010 W-L record: 32-35-15 (finished 5th in Central Division)
League championships last decade: none

Columbus entered the NHL as an expansion team in 2000, along with the Minnesota Wild. The team had the 12th-highest turnout in the league in that first season, with 715,000 fans in attendance for home games. Two years later, the team had the second-worst record in the league, and ticket sales began to plummet. To date, the team has finished in the bottom ten (out of a total 32 teams) every year except 2008 — the one year it had a winning record. And apart from that year, attendance has declined every year since 2002. Between 2000 and 2010, annual ticket sales at Nationwide Arena dropped from 715,000 to 546,000.

(AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

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