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

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8. New York Mets

10-yr. attendance decline: -22.0 percent
2002 W-L record: 75-86 (finished 5th in NL East)
2012 W-L record: 74-88 (finished 4th in NL East)
League championships last decade: None

Some of the attendance decline for the New York Mets can be attributed to the new Citi Field, whose seating capacity of 45,000 is far less than the 57,000 seats at the old Shea Stadium. Of course, the Mets’ performance hasn’t been particularly stellar recently. The team hasn’t had a winning season in the last four years and has only been in the playoffs twice since the turn of the century, most recently back in 2006. The Mets went 74-88, or .457, in the most recent season. The franchise’s revenue has been declining the last couple of years from a high of $268 million in 2010 to $225 million in 2012. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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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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