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MLB Attendance Drops For 3rd Straight Year

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Premium seats sit empty during the game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on May 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Premium seats sit empty during the game between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during their game on May 1, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped for the third straight season, with a slight dip of nearly a half percent this year.

The 30 teams combined to draw 73.06 million fans in 2010, an average of 30,141, after Sunday’s regular season finales.

Last year, in the midst of a global economic downturn, the teams drew 73.42 million, an average of 30,350. That average was a 6.7 percent drop from 2008’s 32,528, when the total was 78.59 million.

Major League Baseball set records in 2007, with a total of 79.5 million and an average of 32,785.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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