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

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Decrease in attendance: 24.78%
2001 W-L record: 9-7 (finished 3rd in NFC Central Division)
2010 W-L record: 10-6 (finished 3rd in NFC South Division)
League championships last decade: won Super Bowl XXXVII in 2002

Unlike many of the teams that have seen a massive decline in ticket sales, Tampa Bay has actually been an above-average team for most of the past ten years. The team made the playoffs in 1999, 2000, and 2001, and had a commanding run in 2002, culminating in a decisive Super Bowl victory over the Raiders. The team spent the remainder of the decade in a state of flux, alternating between making the playoffs and having abysmal seasons. One such season was 2009, when the Bucs amassed only three wins. Ticket sales hovered above 500,000 through most of the decade, but dropped precipitously in the last two years. In 2008, there were 516,000 game attendees. By 2010, that number had dropped to just 394,000.

(AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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