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24/7 Wall Street: Seven Pro Teams on the Brink of Collapse

7. Columbus Blue Jackets

10-year change in attendance: -23.67% (biggest decline in NHL)
W-L record 10 years: 285-356-24-73 (the worst in NHL)
Operating income (2010): -$7 million
Year founded: 2000
Value: $153 million (sixth least valuable in NHL)

The Columbus Blue Jackets joined the League in 2000, the same year as the Minnesota Wild. Since they joined, the Jackets have won just 38% of their nonplayoff games in regulation time, and have not won a single playoff game (despite making the playoffs once in 2008-2009 season). In its first few years, the Columbus franchise managed to record profits, but as one disappointing season after another set in, attendance has begun to decline rapidly. This season, even after the team added several expensive players in marquee trades, they are off to another horrible start, with just two wins in 14 games.

(AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

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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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