OK, perhaps that headline is slightly misleading. Some people do in fact still pay money to see the Seattle Mariners play baseball . . . but not many.
24/7 Wall St. did the math and came up with professional sports' top 12 (or bottom 12, depending on how you look at it) teams for losing fans.
The Ms come in at #3 behind the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, with a 40.54 percent drop in average attendance from 2001 to 2010.
> Decrease in attendance: 40.54%
> 2001 W-L record: 116-46 (finished 1st in AL West)
> 2010 W-L record: 61-101 (finished 4th in AL West)
> League championships last decade: none
Seattle, led by powerhouse Ken Griffey Jr., had a solid team in the 90's. In 2000, the team lost Griffey to Cincinnati, but gained a new star in Ichiro Suzuki in 2001. That year, the team had the best record in baseball. However, team play declined, and by 2010 it had the worst record in the American League. After 2001, the team hasn't even made it to the playoffs. In 2001, Seattle had an attendance of 3.5 million people, more than any team in baseball. In just 10 years, that number has dropped to 2 million.
The good news, of course, is that all the Mariners have to do in order to see attendance climb is start winning games
Wait, I'm being told that that's actually the bad news.