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

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1. Seattle Mariners

10-yr. attendance decline: -51.4 percent
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

Since tying a MLB record with 116 wins in 2001, the Mariners have frequently struggled. In 2012, Seattle finished last in its division with a record of 75 wins and 87 losses. The Mariners also traded away Ichiro Suzuki, whose career included most valuable player and rookie of the year awards, and breaking the record for most hits in a season. Although several good players remain, such as perfect game pitcher Felix Hernandez, the team has been unable to keep fans interested. Not only has average attendance declined a major league sports-leading 51.4 percent, but stadium capacity last season was an MLB-low 44.4%. Over the last 10 years, season ticket sales have declined by 61 percent. The team has even attempted to move outfield fences inward to create a better on-field product. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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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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