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

9. Baltimore Orioles

10-yr. attendance decline: -19.7 percent
2002 W-L record: 67-95 (finished 4th in AL East)
2012 W-L record: 93-69 (finished 2nd in AL East)
League championships last decade: None

The 2012 season was the first winning year for the Orioles in more than a decade. Between 2002 and 2011, the team finished no better than third in its five-team division — which it did just once — and finished last every year between 2008 and 2011. Perhaps just as meaningful as the team’s poor performance, nearby Washington D.C. added its own Major League Baseball team in 2005, the Washington Nationals. Although Orioles owner Peter Angelos protested the new team’s arrival, he currently owns regional television network MASN, which pays the Nationals to broadcast their games. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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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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