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The Columbus Blue Jackets fell to the bottom of the NHL standings last season and have no superstars to draw fans or market outside their own region.
Making matters worse is the fact that the franchise lost $18.7 million last season, and according to Forbes, the Phoenix Coyotes were the only franchise to lose more money in 2011-12.
Only two teams earned less revenue last year than the Blue Jackets. Columbus' recent attendance numbers also aren't very good.
|Year ||Attendance % ||NHL Rank
|2006-07 ||90.4 |
|2007-08 ||81.7 |
|2008-09 ||85.7 |
|2009-10 ||85.0 |
|2010-11 ||75.3 |
|2011-12 ||80.8 |
The lockout, along with the team's decision to trade captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers without getting a star talent in return, hasn't given hockey fans in Ohio many reasons to purchase season tickets.
If the 2012-13 season is lost, hockey fans' interest in the NHL across central Ohio might decline quite a bit.