Report: Dodgers attendance in free fall

Updated: August 8, 2011, 1:26 AM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

In a season already marred by embattled Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt's financial problems, Opening Day violence outside Dodger Stadium and an underperforming, sub-.500 team, what else could possibly go wrong?

Well, now add this to the list of issues plaguing one of baseball's most storied franchises: A steep decline in attendance figures is likely to cost the Dodgers upward of $27 million in revenue by the end of the team's schedule, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Paid attendance has fallen by nearly 8,000 fans per game in 2011 at Dodger Stadium, the biggest drop-off of any of MLB's 30 franchises, the Times reported Sunday.

Compared to the Dodgers' $286 million in total revenues in 2009 -- tickets, parking and concessions -- this year the team is on pace for a reduction of a 9.4 percent or more, according to the newspaper.

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