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

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10. Columbus Blue Jackets

10-yr. attendance decline: -19.2 percent
2001-2002 W-L record: 22-47-8-5 (5th in Central Division)
2011-2012 W-L record: 29-46-7 (5th in Central Division)
League championships last decade: None

To say the Columbus Blue Jackets have been a less-than-successful team over the years is perhaps an understatement. Since joining the league in 2000, the team has never finished better than third place in its five-team division, making the playoffs just once. Last season, the team finished dead-last in the NHL, with just 29 wins in 82 games. The Blue Jackets did not even get the standard consolation prize for league doormat, as the Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery and the rights to the first pick in the draft. To make matters worse, arguably the Blue Jackets’ only fan-drawing star, Rick Nash, was traded to the New York Rangers in the offseason. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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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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