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24/7 Wall St.: 13 Pro Teams Running Out of Fans

5. Dallas Stars

10-yr. attendance decline: -23.2 percent
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

In the 1998-1999 and 1999-2000 seasons, the Dallas Stars made the Stanley Cup Finals twice, winning the first time and losing the second. The team then made the playoffs every season but once through the 2007-2008 season, but has since dropped off. The Stars have missed the playoffs in each of the last four seasons. In the 2001-2002 season, the Stars had a brand-new stadium, American Airlines Center, drawing an average home crowd of 18,532. By the 2011-2012 season, average attendance had dropped to 14,226 and an average of just 76.8 percent of capacity, the third-worst in the NHL. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

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