There may be only one thing scarier to a sports team than losing games: playing in front of empty seats. And we aren’t talking about when there is a massive snowstorm and fans can’t get to the arena. No, this is about fans choosing not to attend because the team is dubbed unwatchable. Now, losing a ton of games and not being able to get buns in seats often go hand in hand.
But sometimes, if a team has a long history of “suckage,” it can be hard to attract fans even when they are winning. Other times the venue is in such disrepair that fans opt to watch games from their local watering holes or their living rooms. All sorts of factors can play into whether or not a team, in any of the professional sports in this country, just can’t attract a big crowd. Every year ESPN releases the attendance figures for all the teams in all major sports.
Across the four big leagues — NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL — there are those bottom-feeders that just don’t have the same flow of fans through their doors. (Naturally the numbers for NFL teams greatly excelled those of NHL teams, because football stadiums are a lot bigger than hockey rinks, and so forth.) We see some similarities, however, among the teams that attract fewer fans. Here is a look at 10 teams across the professional sports with low attendance — and what it says about the teams themselves.