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

2. Cleveland Indians

10-yr. attendance decline: -38.7 percent
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

The Cleveland Indians were a dominant team back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with the team making the playoffs every year from 1995 to 1999 and in 2001. Since then, things have gone downhill. The team has only been to the playoffs once, in 2007, and that was the last year the team won more games than it lost in a season. The team hasn’t been doling out more cash to get stronger players either — player expenses have gone down every year since 2009 when player expenses totaled $95 million. In 2012, player expenses totaled just $69 million. The most valuable MLB team, the New York Yankees, spent $227 million. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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