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

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5. Oakland Athletics

Decrease in attendance: 33.51%
2001 W-L record: 102-60 (finished 2nd in AL West)
2010 W-L record: 81-81 (finished 2nd in AL West)
League championships last decade: none

The novel and soon-to-be-released film Moneyball detail General Manager Billy Beane’s brilliant overhaul of the A’s. His unique statistical methods brought Oakland much success in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. However, the A’s have fallen on hard times lately, finishing in the bottom of the division in 2009. The number of people going to the games fell from 2.1 million in 2001 to 1.4 million in 2010, the second-worst attendance in baseball.

(AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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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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