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24/7 Wall St.: 12 Major League Teams Running out of Fans

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10. Indiana Pacers

Decrease in attendance: 24.32%
2001 W-L record: 41-41 (finished 8th in Eastern Conference)
2010 W-L record: 32-50 (finished 10th in Eastern Conference)
League championships last decade: none

During the 1999-2000 season, the Indianapolis-based Pacers had the second-best winning record in the NBA, behind the LA Lakers, who would beat them in the Finals, four games to two. The Pacers scored poorly in the following two years, however, until a series of trades got them back in the running. The team had the best record in the NBA in the 2003-2004 season under newly-acquired star Ron Artest, losing in the conference finals to the Pistons. The following year, Artest got into a serious brawl and was suspended for the entire season. From then on the team declined, and would not make the playoffs once between 2005 and 2010. Ticket sales declined from 733,000 in 2001 to 582,000 in 2010 — the fourth-worst attendance in the league.

(AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

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