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

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6. Oakland Athletics

10-yr. attendance decline: -22.6 percent
2002 W-L record: 103-59 (finished 1st in AL West)
2012 W-L record: 94-68 (finished 1st in AL West)
League championships last decade: None

In 2003, the Oakland Athletics won 96 games and finished first in their division. It was also the fourth consecutive season in which the team made the playoffs. That year, author Michael Lewis published Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, a book that introduced readers to the Athletics’ General Manager Billy Beane and his use of statistical analysis. However, in the following years, the team has famously traded away its top pitchers on numerous occasions, including before last season. The team has played at The Coliseum, presently called O.co Coliseum, since 1968. As the team became less-competitive, already-low attendance declined further. Although the team made the playoffs in 2012, the average attendance at home games was the fourth-lowest in the MLB, while 60.6 percent capacity at home games was in the league’s bottom half. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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